Advancing Education in the Keystone State


At the Verizon Foundation, we’re building programs that put the most advanced technology into the hands of the people who need it the most, and measuring their impact. In education, we’re infusing mobile technology to spark K-12 student interest in STEM by:

  • Arming students with real-world skills. Through our app development programs, we’re motivating thousands of students to create mobile apps that give them real-world skills like collaboration, negotiation, and problem-solving.

  • Revolutionizing the classroom. Through our Verizon Innovative Learnings Schools, we’re partnering with teachers to effectively integrate our mobile technology into all aspects of the learning experience. We’re providing all students with 24x7 access to tablets and data, giving every student the opportunity to succeed.

In the section you'll discover just a few examples of our commitment to lifelong learning in Pennsylvania.



Featured Events and Grants:


The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is back!

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is back, and Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is helping Verizon to encourage students nationwide to organize their teams and submit their cool app ideas now. Absolutely no coding or technology skills are necessary to win. [ Learn More ]

The deadline for submission is November 24, 2015, and the winners will be named in January 2016.


Verizon is proud to partner with Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania

Verizon's William Carnahan recently presented a Verizon Foundation grant to help the Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania provide more learning opportunities in STEM for the nearly 28,000 girls from 27 counties that the Council serves. [ Learn More ]

Pictured (L to R): Bill Carnahan, Vice President - External Affairs at Verizon; Patricia Burkart, Chief Executive Officer - GSWP.


Verizon is proud to partner with Bridge Educational Foundation

Bridge Educational Foundation

The Verizon Foundation recently presented a $20,000 grant to Bridge Educational Foundation in support of its K-12 EITC Programs. The funding will help families in need continue to provide a quality education for their children. To learn more about the great work that they do in our community, please visit


Verizonis proud to partner with Philadelphia University

Verizon Teams Up With Philadelphia University to Develop In-home Healthcare App

Students at Philadelphia University are building innovative solutions to solve some huge health-care challenges. This project, known as the Verizon Nexus Learning Challenge, presented a particular set of difficulties. It’s one thing for an engineer to imagine, say, an app that can take your blood pressure and store your medical records in the cloud. Or for a business major to make cost/benefit analyses for that device. But it took something extra to understand the different audiences that Verizon wanted to reach. [ Learn More ]



Verizon Supports Propel Schools Foundation

The Verizon Foundation recently presented a $20,000 grant to the Propel Schools Foundation in support of its the Engineering is Elementary® program. Propel Schools is serving 3,500 students this year at ten Allegheny County locations. We're proud to partner with them to increase interest and enthusiasm, as well as providing the knowledge and skills, to explore diverse STEM careers for teachers and students. To learn more, please visit



Upper St. Clair High School Students Win Verizon Innovative App Challenge

A group of students from Upper St. Clair High School developed a "Best in Nation" winning App in the third Verizon Innovative App Challenge. "A Look Inside," allows elementary and middle school students to explore the inner workings of different inventions and machines through a virtual take-apart system.

The students earned their school $20,000 in cash grants from the Verizon Foundation to further develop or support STEM-related programming. And each team member received a Samsung tablet. MIT App Inventor Master Trainers from the Center for Mobile Learning at the MIT Media Lab will give the team onsite and virtual training on coding and app development, using MIT App Inventor to develop the their app for market. In June, the team members will present their apps in person at the National TSA Conference in Dallas, courtesy of Verizon. [ Learn More ]


Verizon Powerful Answers Awards - Education

Powerful Answers Awards - Education

On February 3, 2015, three great ideas in education were named Verizon Powerful Answers Award winners. After a year-long global challenge to discover and help bring to market technology-based solutions with the potential to change our world, the three winning projects are:

Sesame Enable ($1 Million Winner) - Based in Israel, this company has developed touch-free smartphone and tablet technology for children and adults for whom touch is not possible. According to Sesame Enable, of the 5.6 million paralyzed people in the U.S., 150,000 are children who cannot move their hands. The technology integrates with games and applications and allows those children access to educational opportunities previously inaccessible to them.

Books that Grow ($250,000 Winner) - A learning acceleration program, featuring Common Core-aligned, downloadable eBooks that adapt to each user’s reading ability.

School Yourself ($250,000 Winner) - A platform for scalable, personalized education courses that provide a suite of authoring and analytics tools for interactive lessons specific to each student’s needs.



Indochinese-American Council Expands Stem Education in Philadelphia Schools with $10,000 Verizon Foundation GrantIndochinese-American Council Expands Stem Education in Philadelphia Schools with $10,000 Verizon Foundation Grant

The Indochinese-American Council of Philadelphia recently received a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to extend afterschool program activities designed to educate children in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). This includes supporting IAC’s implementation of City Skies, a program of the Franklin Institute, funded NASA to bring astronomy into the classroom. [ Learn More ]



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Verizon Supports Girls in STEM

Women are hugely outnumbered in engineering and computing jobs. In fact, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields. As a technology company, we recognize the enormous contributions women make in STEM fields, and the importance of encouraging of love of science, technology, engineering and math, at an early age. [ Learn More ]



Empowering Teachers and Students in the Classroom

A Verizon is working with more than 200 teachers in 24 schools to provide the training they need to more effectively integrate mobile technology in their classrooms. See how students are benefiting and thriving.



Education Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)

Grants totaling $287,500 from Verizon Pennsylvania and Verizon Wireless will open up a range of educational and scholarship opportunities for children served by 29 nonprofit organizations across the state.

The grants were made possible through Verizon's participation in Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which last year authorized $60 million in tax credits to Pennsylvania businesses that made contributions to scholarship, educational improvement, or pre-K scholarship organizations. Verizon selected the nonprofits from a state-approved list, awarding grants ranging from $2,000 to $59,000 to support educational programs.

Under the EITC plan, Pennsylvania businesses that pay any one of six taxes, including the corporate net income tax, may submit an application to the state Department of Community and Economic Development to provide grants. The businesses are then eligible for tax credits ranging from 75 percent to 90 percent of a maximum contribution of $300,000 per year. The credit is applied against a business's tax liability for the tax year in which the contribution was made. Since Verizon renewed its commitment to contribute for two consecutive tax years, it qualified for the 90 percent tax credit.

The grants awarded through the EITC program complement the millions of dollars in grants Verizon has annually awarded to scores of Pennsylvania nonprofits through the Verizon Foundation, Verizon Wireless HopeLine® and the company's Check Into Literacy campaign. Read the press release.

The following nonprofit organizations received grants:

  • Children's Scholarship Fund, Philadelphia ($59,000)
  • Corporation for Penn State, University Park ($50,000)
  • Bridge Educational Foundation, Harrisburg ($25,000)
  • Philadelphia Academies Inc., Philadelphia ($25,000)
  • Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia ($15,000)
  • Need in Deed, Philadelphia ($8,500)
  • Allegheny Youth Development, Pittsburgh ($6,000)
  • Centre County Youth Service Bureau, State College ($6,000)
  • Byerschool Foundation, Philadelphia ($5,000)
  • Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester Education Foundation, West Chester ($5,000)
  • Chester County Historical Society, West Chester ($5,000)
  • Crossroads Foundation, Pittsburgh ($5,000)
  • Fund for the Advancement of Minorities through Education Inc., Pittsburgh ($5,000)
  • Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition/Philadelphia BAEO Scholarship Program ($5,000)
  • Jump Street, Harrisburg ($5,000)
  • Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh ($5,000)
  • Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Philadelphia ($5,000)Scholastic Opportunity Scholarship Fund Pittsburgh ($5,000)
  • South Central Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Program Inc., Harrisburg ($5,000)
  • State College Friends School, State College ($5,000)
  • The Neighborhood Academy, Pittsburgh ($5,000)
  • After School Activities Partnerships, Philadelphia ($4,500)
  • Chester County Economic Development Foundation, Exton ($4,500)Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, Harrisburg ($4,500)
  • Officer Daniel Boyle Scholarship Fund, Philadelphia ($3,500)
  • Pittsburgh Urban Christian School Inc., Pittsburgh ($3,500)
  • Valley Forge Military Academy Foundation, Wayne ($3,000)
  • Watson Institute, Sewickley ($2,500)
  • Penngift Foundation Inc., Elverson ($2,000)