Advancing Education in the Keystone State


Verizon has a long history of supporting quality educational resources and programs.

We're using technology to prepare students for success in the 21st century. Our comprehensive strategy leverages mobile technology, award-winning free digital content, and teacher training for schools and organizations; all focused on increasing student interest and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

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



Featured Events and Grants:


Verizon is proud to support Junior AchievementJunior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania

The Verizon Foundation recently presented a $15,000 grant to Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania (JA) to support JA programs focusing on career exploration and developing financial and entrepreneurial skills and incorporates mobile technology in the learning process. To learn more about the great work that they're doing in our community, please visit


Verizon is proud to support the Urban League of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Urban League

On May 15th, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Urban League's (ULP) "Youth Empowerment Day," Verizon's Tim Smith, Regional President - Consumer & Mass Markets (and ULP Board Member) spoke with approximately 100 high school students from South Philadelphia, Edison and Frankford high schools. ULP programs introduce mentors like Tim who engage, inspire and motivate the students to graduate from high school and enroll in college or another form of post-secondary education. In addition, the ULP received a $15,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to support the organization's youth education programs.

To learn more about the great work they're doing, please visit



Powerful Answers Awards - EducationPowerful Answers Awards

On Jan. 8, 2014, Verizon announced the five Powerful Answers Award winners in the education category.

They winning teams delivered a wide range of solutions, from apps to help children with autism and those who teach them, to apps that teach financial literacy to students, to apps that help children with developmental delays. The other winners are a solution that lets kids build their own apps and an online educational platform focused on women’s advancement as leaders.
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Verizon Innovative App Challenge - Friends' Central High School

Verizon Innovative App Challenge - Friends' Central High School

A team of students from Friends' Central School, in Wynnewood, was one of ten teams of creative middle and high school students from across the country named "Best in Nation" winners of the 2013 Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a national competition to develop mobile applications that address a need or problem in the students’ communities or schools.

Their winning entry, named STEAMnet, is designed to support creative thinking and virtual collaboration, especially outside the standard school day. To learn more visit:



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 ]


Hanover students win Innovative App Challenge

The submission deadline is 1-13-13 so assemble your team today!Hanover Students Win Verizon Innovative APP Challenge

Students from the Emory H. Markle Intermediate school were named "Best in Nation" winners of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, created by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association to help boost student engagement and interest in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. The students were asked to use their STEM skills to design app concepts that provided real-world solutions for issues in their communities or schools.

The winning app, called Voice Notes, will revolutionize note-taking for students with disabilities and organizes information to create effective study guides.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab   will continue to work with students of the winning teams to refine their projects. Verizon will provide the teams with professional support and training to help them bring their concepts to market. In addition, each winning team’s school will receive a $10,000 Verizon Foundation grant to advance STEM education, and each team member will receive the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, courtesy of   Samsung Mobile. [ Learn More ]



Reading Public MuseumReading Public Museum

A $12,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, will help the museum launch what it calls RPM 2.0, a pilot project that uses cutting-edge technology allowing visitors to interact with the collections.

(L to R) David Meas, Reading Public Museum Foundation Board of Directors member; John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO of the Reading Public Museum; Amanda Spencer, grant writer for The Museum; and Todd Darlington, Verizon

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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.



Powerful Answers - TinyTap

TinyTap - A growing social platform where children, parents, schools and special needs teachers can easily create and share educational games that can be tailored to suit a child’s unique learning needs.



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)