What We Do

NEED's vision is to unlock the power of education by helping youth meet their highest potential and enhance their quality of life, thereby strengthening the Pittsburgh regional economy


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A Ph.D. program in Community Engagement is being offered at Point Park University. Because of the lengthy timeline for approval by the regional accreditation association,there is a very tight timeline. The first class will begin August 22.

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Services For Students

As a college access program designed to unlock the power of education from the barriers that young underserved students face on their path to higher education, NEED offers the following:


Changes to FAFSA

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Learn about the Kappa League Program in the East Liberty Area

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Partner with NEED

Are you a corporation, nonprofit organization, or NEED alumnus? NEED provides numerous partnership methods, including our individual scholarships, adopt-a-student programs, and more...

Susan B. McGee, Sabika Jewelry Consultant is partnering with NEED to support The Calvin A. Hornsby Scholarship Fund

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Donate to the Spartan Spirit Scholarship Fund

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Adopt-a-Student (pdf)

The 32nd annual Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop will take place Saturday, Aug. 1, through Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at Point Park University, Downtown. 

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Mission Statement

NEED provides career and college access services which empower youth from the Pittsburgh region to aspire to, learn about, prepare for, and complete higher education.

Since our founding in 1963, NEED has supported over 20,000 deserving young people by providing nearly $24.5 million in Scholarships.

Nation’s First HBCU Offers Free Tuition, Tutoring to Low-Income Students 

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Fantasy Sports Daily is offering two ongoing scholarships per year, valued at $1,000 USD each.

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Cheney University

full scholarships (Tuition, Fees, Room & Board) that are still available at Cheyney University for high achieving Pennsylvania students, and the deadline (August 1, 2015) which is quickly approaching.

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