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

52 Annual NEED Scholarship Dinner

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Lucas Goeller Central Blood Bank Community-Wide Blood Drive: June 22-July 10

Lucas Goeller, Fox Chapel, has end stage liver disease. He cannot survive without a whole liver transplant. Since his birth, Lucas has been treated at Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He has had two major surgeries, three blood transfusions and has been hospitalized for multiple weeks.

While Lucas waits for a liver, his family works to increase awareness for patients in similar situations. They are supporting this drive to ensure blood is available when Lucas next has a need, and for other local patients.


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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