Pittsburgh is home to our corporate headquarters, so one of the ways we contribute to youth education is through our partnership with The Pittsburgh Promise—a scholarship program that supports higher education for students attending Pittsburgh Public Schools. The Pittsburgh Promise gives up to $30,000 in post- secondary education scholarships to any student who graduates from a Pittsburgh Public School with a minimum 2.5 GPA and a 90% attendance rate. Each year, AEO provides scholarships to five Pittsburgh Promise Scholars. We also recruit through The Pittsburgh Promise Scholars as part of our diversity recruitment efforts.
In 2015, AEO teamed up with rap star Wiz Khalifa to surprise Pittsburgh Promise students at his alma mater, Allderdice High School, along with Sterrett Middle School and Pittsburgh Obama High School. Wiz inspired students, encouraging them with the message that hard-working students can achieve great things.
“I am deeply grateful for American Eagle Outfitters’ incredible investment in The Pittsburgh Promise’s work. They are helping to fuel educational reform and enabling thousands of young people to realize their dreams of a college education. This will not only improve the quality of life in the region, but will also develop a highly qualified workforce that will meet the needs of local employers now and in the future.”
– Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director, The Pittsburgh Promise
American Eagle Outfitters has pledged $1M to expand this inspiring scholarship program.