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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.–  Westminster College has teamed with The Pittsburgh Promise to be a Preferred College Partner. Beginning with the class of 2018, Promise eligible students accepted to one of 19 area colleges partnering in this initiative will be provided grants for room, board, or books. Westminster promises to provide targeted transition and academic support services to ensure student retention and success.

“In today’s economy, it is nearly impossible for young people to compete without some specialized post-secondary education. Because financial and social barriers prevent many students from pursuing and completing their education and training, the Preferred College Partners initiative will work to help The Promise and post- secondary institutions to remove such barriers and fortify the foundations that all students need to succeed,” says The Pittsburgh Promise executive director, Saleem Ghubril. “We know that targeted support services are essential to student success, especially among low-income and first-generation college students.”

The Pittsburgh Promise is a scholarship program for Pittsburgh public school students and advocates for improving the quality of education, increasing the preparedness and diversity of the region’s workforce. Pittsburgh has the largest Promise program in the United States. Since 2008, the Promise has awarded more than 7,300 scholarships worth more than $102 million.

”We are pleased to have become a Partner with The Pittsburgh Promise,” Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson, president of Westminster, said. “This year the New York Times’ third annual College Access Index ranked Westminster College #21 in the nation for ‘Top Colleges Doing the Most for the American Dream.’ We look forward to supporting more Pittsburgh Promise Scholars as they achieve their educational and personal dreams for success and become a college graduate.”

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