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:


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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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.



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)