A Program for All Students

The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission is to build sustainable Business/Education partnerships while introducing students to careers in their communities. These partnerships contribute to workforce and economic development by motivating students to develop the solid work habits required to succeed in school and in their future careers.

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Connecting Business & Education

We partner with businesses to introduce students to careers in high growth industries.

"One of the biggest challenges for people in the industry is attracting qualified young people. We can get into schools and get exposure,
and at the same time reward the things that are important to both educators and the workforce."
- Shawn Kaufman, Riggs Industries

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Motivation and

The Challenge Program, Inc. awards 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students with financial incentives in five categories.
  • Attendance
  • STEM
  • Community Service
  • Academic Improvement
  • Academic Excellence

Success Starts Here

Learn how to achieve success in school and in your future career while competing in our five award categories.

"The Challenge Program, Inc. helped me get prepared for job interviews, and it taught me what to expect and how to act.”
-North Hills High School student (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Meet Our Award Recipients

"I can honestly attribute my amazing 10-year career to The Challenge Program, Inc...I’ve written a bi-weekly since 2006."
- Kayla Pongrac, Community Service Winner, Shade Central High School, PA
Writer, Daily American

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Find out What our Participants are Saying

The Challenge Program is an amazing way to get students involved, motivated and rewarded.
Madison B.
Academic Excellence / Tussey Mountain High School
Without your efforts, hundreds of students would not have something to work toward. Personally, ever since I learned about The Challenge Program, I have seen it as a way to push myself in order to remain in the top ten of my class, and potentially move closer to number one.
Alexandra D.
Academic Excellence / Bellwood-Antis High School
Thank you for creating the Challenge Program awards. Our family appreciates your generosity, thoughtfulness and kindness extended not only to our son, but our community as well. Thank you for giving back and not forgetting to help shaping the future.
Parents / Apollo-Ridge High School Student
I really love the category of Academic Improvement. Both of our winners were so honored. They were excited that the changes they have made are gaining the attention of others. Both have had multiple barriers that they are trying to overcome and the positive support will aid in that process.
Laura Thompkins
Principal / Zanesville High School
Thank you for coordinating The Challenge Program for the students of the class of 2016 at Williamsburg High School. Many of our students work hard to be eligible to win these awards.
Travis Lee
Secondary Princnipal / Williamsburg Community School District, PA
The generous contribution through Jendoco [Construction Company] with The Challenge Program, has made this ceremony a worthwhile community event. We look forward to a continued partnership in the years ahead.
Roberta Gross, Tara Jo Pomatto-Morascyzk & School Counselors
Riverview Jr/Sr High School, PA
By participating in this program we have been able to honor fifteen students for their successful character that will lead to success in the workplace. Making the connection between attitude and performance during school with success after high school is a goal we share. We are so grateful for this opportunity and hope that the partnership can continue in the future.
Molly Kaplet
Assistant Principal / Meadowbrook High School, Ohio
"I recall the days when I complained about having an additional responsibility added to my list when The Challenge Program started! What a mistake! The impact here is remarkable........our kids have really caught on and appreciate the chance to be recognized for being good at something and doing their best."
Marie Montecalvo
Guidance Counselor / Washington High School
"Being a part of the Challenge Program has helped my daughter, Brittney, further define her goals. She heard about the Community Service Award through a presentation at school and thought it might be interesting to pursue. She ended up giving over 600 hours of her time to several area non-profit organizations! The Crystal Owl Student of the Year award...gave Brittney to opportunity to mingle with many executives and gain valuable contacts. As a result, Brittney shadowed two employees of supporting Challenge Program companies and learned more about her career interests. The experience has provided her with career opportunities to strive for."
Lisa Lybarger
"The Challenge Program, Inc., is a wonderful vehicle for both schools and businesses to help bridge the gap between education and the future workforce, our students. The resulting partnership motivates and engages students in a meaningful way for them to strive for continual improvement to reach their ultimate career goals."
Grace Lani
Director of Curriculum and Instruction / Canon McMillan High School
"The Challenge Program, inc., inspires students to give their best to learning. It is added incentive all year round."
Carole Kakabar
Superintendent / Ferndale Area School District
"The awards are great. The awards go to people that aren’t necessarily in the top 10 in academics. TCP recognizes that [academics], but also things that other scholarships do not."
Mario Crocetti
Williams Companies, Inc.
"Winning Most Improved G.P.A. made me cash. It was great and gave me a good reason to keep doing service for the community."
Tyler Doppelheuer
Academic Excellence Award and 3-Time Community Service Award Winner
"One of the biggest challenges for people in the industry is attracting qualified young people. We can get into schools and get exposure, and at the same time reward the things that are important to both educators and the workforce."
Shawn Kaufman
Riggs Industries Family Foundation
“I look at The Challenge Program as business development, in that it provides me with a trained pipeline.”
Diane Lopez

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