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

NEED’s 9th Annual Workforce Diversity Internship Fair will be held on Thursday, January 8th from 10:00 to 3:30 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.  All current college students are invited to register and attend.       

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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:

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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Adopt-a-Student (pdf)

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.

PUM One on One with     Marcia M. Sturdivant, Ph.D. President and Chief Executive Officer of NEED 

Helping Youth Excel Academically, Bridging the Achievement Gap, Building Strong Families…

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NEED is accepting donations for the Brenda Tate Scholarship for aspiring students pursuing a career in law enforcement.

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