PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A number of Catholic school students across the area will soon receive scholarships thanks to a generous donation.

Students packed into the gym at Serra Catholic High School Thursdayfor a big announcement.

U.S. Steel has donated $60,000 in scholarships, which is money that will help local families pay for Catholic education.

“It’s great to be an employee at a company that’s really giving back to the community like this and standing up and being a very positive corporate citizen, not only for the community but for these young students as well,” Emily Petrovich with U.S. Steel said.

The funds from U.S. Steel are possible because of the state’s educational improvement tax credit program.

The Bridge Educational Foundation, a scholarship group, helps to make it all possible.

“It’s a great job that we have bringing scholarships to help families send their kids to the schools they think are best-suited to fill their educational needs,” Joe Gerdes with the Bridge Educational Foundation said.

Students at a number of schools, including Serra Catholic will receive the scholarships.

One, student who has received a similar scholarship in the past, knows just how much the money helps.

“Having this background at a great school like this is really, really something special,” Nicholas Hudak said.

Over the years, the foundation has helped out more than 10,000 families with students in 500 schools all across the state.

“As we’re climbing out of this great recession, to be able to help get a little bit, to help defray the costs of their educational costs, it’s a great feeling,” Gerdes said.


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