Lauren Bucaro’s scholarship from the UPMC-funded Pittsburgh Promise is helping her pursue a teaching degree and realize her dream of teaching elementary school, right back in her own neighborhood. Lauren Bucaro never wants to leave Pittsburgh, and that’s good news for Pittsburgh. Lauren is one of many young people, now in college, whose roots go deep into the city’s neighborhoods. People who in the past have been accustomed to moving on after college to seek success in other cities, leaving Pittsburgh with a dearth of young talent. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Learn more about the Pittsburgh Promise. > Donate to the Pittsburgh Promise. > Visit the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ website. > But not Lauren. Now a student at Chatham University, Lauren has a clear picture of success — becoming an elementary school teacher and sharing the passion for knowledge she first learned from her own teachers at an early age. And, she knows exactly where she wants to teach — Pittsburgh’s Westwood Elementary, where she attended as a little girl and interned as a high school student. Lauren’s dream is coming true with financial help from the Pittsburgh Promise, a nonprofit project that provides college tuition assistance for kids in the city’s public school system, funded in part by a $100 million matching grant from UPMC. Saleem Ghubril, executive director, believes the program is motivating students to work to their fullest potential. Lauren agrees. “The Pittsburgh Promise is helping me so much,” she says. “It’s going to help me be successful.” The Pittsburgh Promise may be having another result too — building more hometown loyalty. Maybe the Pittsburgh Promise has something to do with Lauren’s desire to succeed in her own home town; maybe not. Whatever the reason, Pittsburgh wins.