With the Pittsburgh Promise now beginning its sixth year of offering college and technical school scholarships to city students, the nonprofit is also looking to bring those newly minted college grads back home – and to help connect them with some of the thousands of jobs available now in the Pittsburgh region.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently profiled efforts by the innovative program to assist its college and tech school grads with career fairs, interview trainings and networking opportunities, while the New Pittsburgh Courier highlighted a mentorship program of 150 African American male high school students interested in participating in the Pittsburgh Promise. (Here’s another story about getting those students “Promise Ready.”)
In related news, scientific instrument maker Thermo Fisher Scientific, headquartered in Waltham, Mass. but with about 1,500 workers in Robinson Township, just announced a $1 million commitment that includes scholarships for five high-performing students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or math (known as the STEM fields).
The Pittsburgh Promise began in 2008 to award scholarships to Pittsburgh Public Schools graduates with at least a 2.5 grade point average and 90 percent attendance. Funded with foundation and corporate support, it has provided, to date, more than $25 million in scholarship funds to 3,700 students.