ASU announces grant to focus on black male students

Monday, Oct. 5, 2009 11:49 AM
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Augusta State University announced today it will be one of 13 University System of Georgia institutions to receive a grant to increase the number of black men receiving bachelor’s degrees.

Augusta State’s grant from the Lumina Foundation will be for $20,000, according to a news release. The university will collaborate with the Student African American Brotherhood, a student-run group focused on removing educational barriers for black males. Augusta State will be involved in a national pilot research project involving SAAB chapters and analyzing psycho-social factors, with data helping find ways to better retention and graduation rates of black men, the release states.

“There is no doubt that the work that Augusta State University is doing today will provide our African American male students with a predictable, successful future for generations to come. A college-educated African American male has the potential to affect not only the matriculation rates at ASU, but is able to drastically affect his socioeconomic status, his family, and his community,” Karen Mobley, director of ASU’s student development, stated in the release.

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Just me 2
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Just me 2 10/05/09 - 11:54 am
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Is this not blatant

Is this not blatant discrimination against all other races AND all other genders?

csrawill
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csrawill 10/05/09 - 12:01 pm
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just me- if this was not a

just me- if this was not a grant then you would be right. Since this is a grant then it is not racist or gender biased

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qwerty1 10/05/09 - 12:06 pm
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this comment is for just me

this comment is for just me #2.
It is ignorant people like you who jump at the any chance to make a racial comment. grow up

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PositiveThinker 10/05/09 - 12:06 pm
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As a white female, I would

As a white female, I would love to see more African American men in leadership positions--- in corporate America, in the community, in the church and especially the home.

Black youngsters need a new generation of role models, drawn from the legal profession, business and education, to counter under-achievement and involvement in crime. Too often the role models for young black men are celebrities and rappers who glamorise crime, guns or gangs.

If this scholarship program can give new hope and new direction to Black men-- then I support it!!! Let's hope that OUR COMMUNITY offers their support as well. Great mentors, coaches and teachers can really make a huge difference. White, black, male, female... Change can happen in any color.

augustian
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augustian 10/05/09 - 12:10 pm
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you can lead a horse to

you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink

thereishope
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thereishope 10/05/09 - 12:12 pm
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thank you!

thank you!

onlynaugusta
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onlynaugusta 10/05/09 - 12:26 pm
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We need more African American

We need more African American males enrolled in college. I this this is a blessing for any black male who wants a college degree instead of a jail mate. Hopefully, they will take advantage of this opportunity.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 10/05/09 - 01:30 pm
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What we need is a solution

What we need is a solution for those of us who encounter financial difficulty and are unable to complete our college educations because of it. It is not a white or a black thing, but something that concerns every legal American citizen. Financial Aid offered through Sallie Mae is a joke. They have us by the short hairs, and there is no way to escape their grasp. Thanks to some [filtered word] Congessman, who probably never had student loan, the only way now to get out from under harassment by Sallie Mae is to die.

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WhippingPost 10/05/09 - 01:35 pm
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augustian, dozens of subsidy

augustian, dozens of subsidy programs and affirmative action programs haven't been able to water this horse. Until the foundation problem is addressed there will be no improvement. Skin color and gender is, of course, the wrong target. "yous jus bes ak'in white", and the system that produced this mindset, is the 500 pound gorilla in the room that no one seems to want to mention. Oh well, as long as they know who to vote for, education isn't really that important.

imho1
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imho1 10/05/09 - 02:03 pm
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Can you imagine the outrage

Can you imagine the outrage if ASU announced a grant program to help white males?

na_bboy
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na_bboy 10/05/09 - 02:04 pm
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I hear you whippingpost, self

I hear you whippingpost, self hate, lack of guidance, motivation, how to set goals etc........ Some of us are aware of this gorilla that you speak of, but how to resolve these issues is the real problem. You really can't control what goes on in homes, I'll forward this email to those whom I think will try to take advantage of this opportunity, but for the masses it'll be business as usual. :(

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 10/05/09 - 02:06 pm
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Your right Whipping post,

Your right Whipping post, it's all about the foundation. I didn't want to go to college but my parents expected me to, so off I went. When I didn't do well I never heard the end of it. I finally graduated on the deans list. It took me two degrees to find something I enjoy doing. Now I am happy I went, I just love the six figure income. Now If I can only control my spending. Seems the more you make the more you spend.

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noway 10/05/09 - 03:08 pm
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You all need to look at the

You all need to look at the statistics. The program is to help AA males get into college, stay there and graduate. If you look at the statistics, compared to white males, AA females, the statistics are bothersome. Why wouldn't you want more AA males to succeed? Are the white folk afraid "they" may take "your" jobs too?

jack
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jack 10/05/09 - 03:13 pm
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csra will, in that this grant

csra will, in that this grant money doe not mean that "focusing" on black males is not both discrimination by race but gender as well. Both violate the equal rights amendment and it would seem the SCOTUS rulings. I can hear the blacks howl now were this "focusing" on white male (or female) students. You already have a negro college fund, so why haven't these black males that want to go to college not applied for funds from this fund?

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creolechick 10/05/09 - 03:31 pm
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If they had the same grant

If they had the same grant that focused on white females, wouldn't everyone call that racist? Why then, is this not considered racist?

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investigator 10/05/09 - 03:34 pm
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You're correct Positive

You're correct Positive Thinker, I couldn't have said it any better! I'm an educated professional African American male from Augusta but reside in the Atlanta area. I wish more people shared your thoughts (all races)! Stay positive!

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corgimom 10/05/09 - 03:57 pm
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So if they need a grant to

So if they need a grant to graduate from college, what grant are they going to get when their employers expect them to perform? The Hope Scholarship isn't enough? How much hand-holding do you need to do for an adult?

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asustudent75 10/05/09 - 03:59 pm
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If the tables were turned and

If the tables were turned and the grant was to help white students it would have made news, but not for positive reasons. The organization would have been called racist and the doors shut tomorrow. Jessie Jackson and his cronies would have been all over this one! I am a student at ASU and the black males are doing just fine with the hoards of free money that is given out yearly through scholarships, grants, etc. In addition, I would like to know why ASU has minority advising in the 1st place? The black community wants to be treated as equal, yet they keep separating themselves from the population. I am offended by that, but I cant say anything b/c I am a white female. Hmmmmm......Who is helping me??? Oh, that is right, me and ONLY me. I have taken out student loans, you know they kind that has to be paid back...NOT handouts! The only "barriers" that the black males are facing are the overwhelming decisions that they need to make as to which scholarship, grant or financial assistance program to choose from, which they are able to receive due to their skin color and not me b/c I am white. YES WE CANT treat everyone equally...

creolechick
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creolechick 10/05/09 - 04:05 pm
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Well said asustudent! I

Well said asustudent! I agree wholeheartedly!

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anotherlook 10/05/09 - 04:21 pm
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Positive Thinker, have you

Positive Thinker, have you read the article about the program at Wagener-Salley in today's issue of the AC? I think that the approach that is being taken will help in the long run with high school graduation and college retention. But for those AA men that are cognizant of more than just day to day survival, this program may be the very thing that will help them accomplish earning a Bachelor's degree. Whipping Post, I've also heard it spoken of the impossibility of forcing a horse to drink once it's been led to water. But with what is going on in society today, don't you think that the salt that's being put into that proverbial horse's oats are making a lot of those same horses thirstier than normal? Well time will tell. We'll see if there will be an increase in matriculation from college as well as high school in the next few years.

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Nativeson1 10/05/09 - 04:36 pm
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Actually HBCU's (historically

Actually HBCU's (historically black colleges and universities) have long offered scholarships and grants targeting white students..I have no problem with that or the reverse, it's all in an attempt to get a diverse campus..And actually asustudent75 you can say whatever you like just have the facts before you say it if you want to be taken seriously..The truth is most people don't do the research on what is out there for them, especially when we start talking about people getting out of their comfort zone..There are many myths out there, and you like most bite on them as facts...I can't speak for the black community (if there is such a thing), but as a individual I can say this: If you lump all blacks together as a "black community", and then make a statement about them "wanting to be treated equally, it's you who has made the distinction, not them...What is wrong with anybody wanting equality? I'm done. Check the links below, or not...Anybody else want to play victim? Geesh, I'm through.... Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18914514/ Link No. 2: http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/white-scholarship-guide.htm

creolechick
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creolechick 10/05/09 - 04:52 pm
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Nativeson - I guess it's okay

Nativeson - I guess it's okay for blacks to play victim since they do it on here everyday? They have just as many opportunities as others if not more. All I know is there is no such thing as a white college fund.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 10/05/09 - 04:58 pm
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i think it is great..... you

i think it is great..... you wouldnt give food to fat people and call it fighting hunger. no group needs it more. and its private money

anotherlook
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anotherlook 10/05/09 - 05:07 pm
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asustudent75, where did you

asustudent75, where did you get the mistaken idea that you were solely responsible for paying your way through ASU. ASU is a state funded university and only a portion of the total cost of a student's education represents what is paid in tuition and fees. As proof, why would ASU have to furlough anyone if they were totally self supporting? Now if you had attended a private institution of higher learning, i couldn't say that. Moreover, there have been several grants, fellowships, assistanceships, etc. that have been funded by various groups that are targeted to specific individuals with particular career interests or social affiliations. I think that the Knights of Columbus and the VFW still sponsor scholarships if I am not mistaken. Besides, the percentage of AA males in the local area is in no way reflected on the ASU campus. Which is to say that there are a number of AA taxpayers that pitched in to support state campuses that may never see any personal benefit from doing so. Nonetheless, I don't see how someone else receiving a hand-up (not a hand-out) should elicit such resentment just because help may not have been available for you when you attended ASU.

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Grasshopper 10/05/09 - 05:14 pm
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I find it strange that people

I find it strange that people complain about crimes committed by black men. Then complain when someone wants to help the black man.

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Roeschen 10/05/09 - 05:32 pm
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Why not just a grant to help

Why not just a grant to help all at risk people? That would not seem as racially or sexually biased.

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wildman 10/05/09 - 05:38 pm
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Why would ASU match the

Why would ASU match the grant? I agree with roeschen, I was one of the less fortunate at an early age but was determined to change things and do better so off to the military I went and now enjoy a very nice living. All without a grant.

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asustudent75 10/05/09 - 06:12 pm
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I am attending ASU NOW!! I

I am attending ASU NOW!! I know what is out there as far as scholarships, but what I am "eligible" for is very strict as to the qualifications and not as liberal as other grants and monies handed out quite frequently where a students main qualification is due to their racial background. Nativeson and Anotherlook, I guess you have not been in school for a long time to actually understand what I, as well as many other students, go through every semester when it comes to getting aid. I cant tell you how many essays I have written on several different topics with the possibility of trying to get a small scholarship...yet to be turned down over and over. I stopped putting myself through it and just decided that I will continue to pay my way through school and get student loans. So, before you make broad judgements on me and my college funding knowledge, go back to school for yourself and see what it is like! Oh, and you cannot say for a minute that if a white organization decided to come up with a grant to help only young white men or white women with their schooling, that by now there would be over 200 posts regarding this on AC.

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TheDeerhunter 10/05/09 - 06:16 pm
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well said grasshopper.

well said grasshopper.

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stumpjumper 10/05/09 - 06:21 pm
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Black this, black that, black

Black this, black that, black everything, this is nothing more than plain ole discrimination. They have been given everything under the sun and I'm damn sick of it. Why can't we have just a little something white? If black is so beautiful, I just passed a masterpiece.

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