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The Challenge Program, Inc.'s mission is to partner with businesses to motivate high school students both in and out of the classroom. This partnership creates good habits in students and provides businesses with tangible results for their investments.

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I thank you for choosing me because that was my goal my senior year. I really realized after the first three years of high school that grades and life are extremely important, so I set the goal to be the most improved academic student.

Evan A., 2014 Academic Improvement winner - Charleroi Area High School

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Believe. Reach. Achieve.

The Challenge Program, Inc. awards 10th, 11th and 12th grade students in five categories: Attendance, Academic Improvement, Academic Excellence, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Community Service.

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Tuesday, December 16th 2014 -- TCP Welcomes Director of Major Gifts and Events

TCP welcomes welcomes Mark L. Burnett as its new Director of Major Gifts and Events.

A native of Pittsburgh, Burnett is a graduate of Central Catholic High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in communication management with a double minor in marketing and political science from the University of Dayton, and holds a Master of Science degree in leadership from Duquesne University, where he was a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. His professional background is in marketing and development, working for multiple nonprofit organizations in human services, healthcare, and the arts.

Burnett has served as president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the University of Dayton National Alumni Association, and has sat on numerous committees for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Senator John Heinz History Center, Arts for Autism and Central Catholic High School. He sits on the Board of Governors for the Allegheny HYP Club, the Board of Directors for the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, and on the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Global Connection.

He has been recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP, as well as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest by Whirl Magazine and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Burnett is transitioning from his previous role as Development Director with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western PA, where he set a new national record with the 2014 Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest program. His responsibilities at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation also included the Great Strides South Park Walk and the Corporate Cup of Southpointe event.

The Challenge Program, Inc. contributes to regional economic development by partnering with local businesses to motivate students to excel and to introduce them to careers in their own communities. As Director of Major Gifts and Events, Burnett will be responsible for cultivating major corporate sponsors and managing fundraising events for the program, including its signature fundraising event, The Crystal Owl Community Partner Awards Dinner.

If you are interested in a major corporate sponsorship or learning more about The Challenge Program, Inc.’s upcoming events in the Pittsburgh area, please contact Mark at 412-726-8689 or

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