- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A new program aims at rewarding Pittsburgh employers who hire Pittsburgh Promise scholarship recipients.

Councilman Corey O’Connor announced the program on Monday. Businesses that hire Pittsburgh Promise alumni would be eligible for grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.

Companies must hire a college graduate for full-time employment and retain the employee for at least six months.

Pittsburgh Promise provides scholarships of up to $40,000 to eligible Pittsburgh Public School District graduates. More than 7,000 scholarships have been given out since 2008.

O’Connor says he plans to introduce legislation on Tuesday that would direct $60,000 to the African American Chamber of Commerce to be distributed as grants.

The chamber and Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce will try to boost the total by seeking matching funds from private groups.

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