NC Scholarship Program Aims To Curb Dropout Rate

About half of a $4.5 million gift to North Carolina's largest public school district is creating a scholarship program for black males at a low-performing high school with a high dropout rate.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials announced the donation Wednesday from the C.D. Spangler Foundation.

C.D. Spangler Jr. says he hopes to improve graduation rates at West Charlotte High School, his two daughters' alma mater.

Black males graduating from the school will receive $1,000 scholarships to any University of North Carolina campus or Central Piedmont Community College, which will share $2 million for the program.

West Charlotte also received $50,000 to pay college application fees of all students, and $150,000 for dropout prevention.


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  • by Kayleigh Location: Greenvill on Dec 30, 2009 at 02:45 PM
    ppl drop out bc u can txt an it stupid who who cares anyway I drop out it was best desison I ever make u jus jealouse bc i txt as much as I want I party an I can smoke when I want bc I aint thare. They tried to take my phone so my mom she got that teachar fired he cant take ppl phones.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 22, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    4.5 million dollars wasted. When are you school officials going to stand up and teach right from wrong, good from bad, responsibility and respect, accountability and family values, greediness and contentment. Well, you voted this monster in the oval office and you got what you're paying for. Nonsense, lies and corruption to the highest levels on record. You'll see over the next 3 years more of what I'm talking about. Dropouts could be avoided if we had good politicians, judges & lawmakers that didn't compromise and teachers that had a backbone to stand up for what's right and wrong. Take God, prayer and discipline out of the schools, we all pay big time due to dropout rates increasing. Who wants to keep paying for this disfunctional mess we've allowed to happen. Stand up and for once, DO THE RIGHT THING!!! Or else we're all going down very soon.
  • by to Fiona on Dec 17, 2009 at 08:22 PM
    I see you did not get a scholarship. Spellcheck much.
  • by RealityCheck Location: WashingtonPark on Dec 17, 2009 at 04:09 PM
    Mr. Wise One, please tell me you are not in favor of country clubs screening members based on race, because using the logic in your post, it seems as though you think that would be OK..they are private after all.
  • by B Location: NC on Dec 17, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    This got to be illegal, right? If the only people given this or any other scholarship had to be white only, what do you think would happen? I am still in shock!
  • by gvegasborn&raised Location: gvegas on Dec 17, 2009 at 09:38 AM
    to: i believe all the other scholarships do go to the people in your describtion...i think its a waste, it can go to the black low income families that have children smart enough for college, but not wealthy enough....
  • by hope Location: NC on Dec 17, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    I have a better idea of what to do with the $$$ that is itching to be spent... WHY NOT give a scholarship to the best, brightest, most scholarly students of ALL RACES & socioeconomic levels! They seem like the better investment... Chew on that, let it sink in a bit... you'll get it...
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Dec 17, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    It's a private donation, so it can be used however the donor sees fit. There is a problem, and the donor thinks that he has a possible solution. I don't see anything wrong with that.
  • by Fiona Location: Jamesville on Dec 17, 2009 at 05:30 AM
    First of all this is openly racist and sexist. If thr government wants to throw money away at least they could do it for all the unmotivated loosers, male, female and og all colors. This money should go to the studenys who want an education.
  • by Chase on Dec 17, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    Racism at its finest.GIVE ME got run over by a REINDEER!
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