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Pittsburgh Promise graduates, local employers in line for $5,000 grants

Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor will distribute $5,000 grants Monday to six Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship alumni and three local businesses through a program established last year by City Council to retain homegrown talent.

Grants are going to Lauren Brown and The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh; Joshua Devine and Fourth Economy Consulting; Jordan Olander and the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon; Avram Chernoff, who is employed by the city; Karina Kasavich, employed by the Pittsburgh Public School District; and Abigail Lutton, employed by Allegheny County.

O’Connor said the local Promise graduates can use the funding to help pay off student debt. The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, Fouth Economy Consulting and Three Rivers Marathon will receive funding because they hired a Promise graduate. O’Connor said the government employers would not receive grants.

O’Connor of Swisshelm Park sponsored legislation last year that set aside funding for the program. Six Promise graduates and two local employers received grants in 2017.

To qualify, students had to graduate from an accredited institution through a promise scholarship and work full time in Pittsburgh. The employers had to hire a promise scholarship recipient full time and employ them for at least six months.

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