Governor, Minges Bottling Group Team Up To Announce Scholarships

Governor Bev Perdue was in New Bern Monday helping the Minges Bottling group announce a $250,000 donation to community college education over the next 5 years.

Eight community colleges in the east will benefit from this program to help further education and training of people who couldn't afford it otherwise. While governor Perdue talked about community colleges and how they are critically important for training people for career pathways- the potential state budget cuts concerning education weren't far from her mind. Governor Perdue says her understanding is that the budget proposed by the state house would cut 22,000 public school teachers and teacher assistants, and is not acceptable.

"If I receive a budget from the general assembly that does not fund teachers adequately in schools across the state, that will dramatically impair a kid's ability to get a good education and to learn- then obviously I will veto the budget," said Perdue.

Governor Perdue says good education is fundamental to the success of North Carolina's work force and economy.

Governor Bev Perdue will return to her hometown of New Bern Monday to make a big announcement at the birthplace of Pepsi.

The governor and Jeff Minges, President and Chief Executive Officer of Minges Bottling Group, are teaming up to formally announce a $250,000 scholarship program. The announcement will be held at the Pepsi store in downtown New Bern Monday morning.

"Creating opportunities and giving back is part of a larger commitment to our community," said Minges. "Those of us who live in Eastern North Carolina see the effects of the current economy every day. Rising education costs and record unemployment rates have made higher education a challenge for many families, and we wanted to show our sincere commitment to education and the people of Eastern North Carolina."

According to Minges Bottling Group, the event will announce scholarship funds to eight community colleges in eastern Carolina over the next five years. The money will benefit 140 recipients.

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  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 06:38 AM
    Good then you can stop taking money from the education lotter for scholarships and put it into the K - 12 schools where it belongs.
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 05:27 AM
    Bev said she will not be the first governor to turn her back on education in this state. Too late governor, we are nearly last in the nation and have been during your first and only term. Let the state superintentent or the three stooges handle it. It can not get any worse governor.
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 08:34 PM
    What's really funny is that Minges is giving money for kids to attend college, but ECU has banned Pepsi products from campus. LOL So stupid.
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      by Really? on May 24, 2011 at 06:41 AM in reply to
      ECU did not ban Pepsi products. They signed a new contract with Coca-Cola which replaced their previous 'Pepsi only' contract.
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        by Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 09:29 AM in reply to Really?
        How much has Coke donated ??? ECU should be a Pepsi site if they give money.
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 05:25 PM
    Her budget proposal for the k-12 public schools was to keep funding the classroom at current levels to retain the teachers and the assistants,in reality it is the state legislature of the house and senate who are cutting a billion dollars from the public school budget. She is not growing the economy well but she is looking out for public education.
  • by Jeff Location: Vanceboro on May 23, 2011 at 04:49 PM
    I think she just wanted the t.v. appearance, why don't she address the real issues like were is all the money the lottery makes for the school systems?We need education for our people to survive. Also about the unemployment rate, they say that unempolyment rates are down but that is not true, it's going down because people are losing their unemployment benefits not because they got a job.So what happens to us that have no job and no money,are we just suppose to just stop living? I go to school because I couldn't find a job now my employment is running out what are me and my family supposed to do, Ms. Purdue huh?
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      by Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 08:38 PM in reply to Jeff
      Jeff, we have spent millions more each year on education for the past 20 years and grades continue to drop. When is enough ?? Obviously something is wrong. More money is not the answer. How about the state and government stop paying mothers to have more and more kids that the public schools must take care of ?? You have these baby factories out there that don't have jobs, don't have dads to pay for all the children so it falls back onto the state. Then these single parents kids lack the support at home and fail at school. Not all but a whole lot. How is it that schools are getting worse but we're spending more every year ? The money flow MUST STOP and get undercontrol.
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 03:09 PM
    Maybe she should take the money shes handing out to all the people who didnt need it and give it back to the schooly system
  • by Whazzup? Location: Ayden on May 23, 2011 at 03:04 PM
    I wonder if any of the Minges scholarship awardees will be allowed to attend ECU after that school awarded the vending machine contract to Coke? And after buildings on the ECU campus are named after the local Pepsi distributor.
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 01:59 PM
    Bev, You are an idiot!, can't wait to vote you out of office!
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 11:12 AM
    She is a very politician, just a very bad excutive officer for the state.
  • by Nova Location: SHNC on May 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    She is returning to her hometown of New Bern, what New Bern Virginia. Her hometown is up in Virginia. I will just be happy to see her retire back to her hometown in Virginia. "Thank You Minges for the Scholarships, however I will have to send them to Virginia cause I allowed the North Carolina Public School System and the University System to crumble along with the State. I am so sorry NC, I bit off more than I can chew, so I have got to spit you out and I will go home to my State of Virginia!!!" That should have been her speech.
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