Scholarship Program Aims to Curb Dropout Rate

WBT-AM (Charlotte), December 17, 2009

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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