Proudly Connecting Students to the Workforce Since 2003

The Challenge Program, Inc. contributes to workforce and economic development by connecting business and education to achieve a common objective: the development of a skilled and motivated future workforce.



The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission is to build sustainable Business/Education partnerships while introducing students to careers in their communities. This partnership contributes to workforce and economic development by motivating students to develop the skill sets required to succeed in school and in their future careers.

The Challenge Program, Inc. carries out its mission of building Business/Education partnerships and motivating high school students through in-school assemblies and ceremonies, and communication between businesses, educators, students.

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Award Categories

The Challenge Program, Inc. awards 10th, 11th and 12th grade students in five categories:

  • Attendance
  • STEM
  • Community Service
  • Academic Improvement
  • Academic Excellence

Learn more about The Challenge Program, Inc.


  • The program has been introduced to more than 465,000 students.
  • During the 2013/14 school year, the program was presented to approximately 61,000 students in 120 high schools.
  • The program has awarded more than $3 million to high school students.
  • Endorsed by several high growth industries.
  • The program has received major grant support from the Benedum Foundation, the Richard King Mellon Foundation, PNC Charitable Trust Foundation, and the EQT Foundation.

2014 - 2015 Program Impact Report

The impact The Challenge Program, Inc. has on the lives of high school students can be read in the countless letters we receive from our award winners. In addition to these testimonials, we receive feedback from high school students and educators participating in the program through an online survey.

Students Show Staggering Support for the Challenge Program, Inc.

Surveyed students agreed that TCP meets its goals in motivating students to..

ATTENDANCE: 1,199 students attended school everyday

“The Challenge Program makes me want to come to school.”

STEM: 35 different STEM related courses were taken by Winners

“Competing for STEM has improved my problem solving skills, math skills and technology skills.”

COMMUNITY SERVICE; 48,034 hours were performed by Winners

Contribution to Communities = $348,246.50 (based on $7.25/hr.

ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT: On average, Winners increased GPA by +2.3751

“As I saw my peers win Awards, I was disappointed. I wanted to win academic improvement; I knew I was capable of getting my act together.”

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: On average, Winners carried a 4.08 GPA

“I have spent much more time trying to attain perfect grades for college and for awards.”

Surveyed Business, Student and Educators Agree



“TCP effectively raises awareness about our company and its career opportunities.”



“TCP meets its goals in educating students about career opportunities in their communities.”



“TCP meets its goals in motivating students to compete for all the award categories.”

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