Pittsburgh Public Scholars
Expanding Access to Higher Education in the City of Pittsburgh
All valedictorians and salutatorians in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system are guaranteed admission to one of our five Pitt campuses. All eligible students will receive a minimum of $2000* in scholarship funding and the University is committed to meeting the full financial need of any Pell Grant eligible Pittsburgh Public Scholars.
Eligibility for this program is typically determined after third quarter grades are available and valedictorian and salutatorian status can be officially confirmed. If you have any questions about your eligibility for the Pittsburgh Public Scholars program, please visit the FAQ section below.
Yes, if you graduated as the valedictorian or salutatorian of your PPS HS you are still eligible to participate, provided it is within one year of your high school graduation (i.e. if you graduate as a PPS Scholar this summer, you must enroll no later than Fall of 2020 to be eligible).
Currently, transfer students are not eligible for the program.
You will either receive a minimum of $2000 in a University scholarship and, if you are Pell-eligible, the University will meet full financial need. The scholarship and aid can be used to cover tuition and room & board.
No, if you were awarded a University scholarship, it will replace the $2000 PPS scholarship.
After your financial aid package is finalized with a Pell Grant and any additional aid (which can include federal and state grants, work-study dollars, University scholarships and grants, and/or federal loans)—your Cost of Attendance will be fully met once your financial aid and Federal Expected Family Contribution has been taken into consideration.
Only if you have been recognized as being the valedictorian or salutatorian and after we receive your 3rd quarter grades from your counselor.
You are guaranteed admission to the University of Pittsburgh and we will review your file for the school to which you applied, however, admissions is not guaranteed to professional schools/colleges (i.e. nursing, business, engineering, computing and information)