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. 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.

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.

Review our Program and Awards Guide for Business


The Challenge Program, Inc. has received support from the following foundations over the years:

  • The Richard K. Mellon Foundation
  • PNC Charitable Trust Foundation
  • Benedum Foundation
  • EQT Foundation

Award Categories

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

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

2015-2016 Program Impact Report

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.

Attendance: 1,050 students came to school EVERY day
STEM: 100% of students motivated to take STEM courses
Community Service: 36,192 hours donated by award Winners

Contributing $262,396 to their communities (based on $7.25/hr.)

Academic Improvement: Average GPA increase = 2.9
Academic Excellence: Average GPA of winners = 4.10



“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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