Aug 20, 2012
Chapel Hill, N.C. — Former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill football player Julius Peppers donated $250,000 to the Light on the Hill Society Scholarship fund that supports African-American students, the school said in a release Monday.
Peppers previously donated $100,000 in 2009 to The Light on the Hill Society Scholarship which pays tribute to past UNC African-American graduates and supports African-American first-year students.
“After considering the ways that I might be able to help young college students, I decided to continue my support of the Light on the Hill scholarship,” Peppers said in a statement. “I would like to endorse this particular fund and encourage other former UNC students who have found success to reach back and assist the efforts of current and future Tar Heels.”
The Light on the Hill Society Julius Peppers Scholar receives an annual $1,000 award, renewable for up to three years. Other Light on the Hill Society Scholars receive a one-time $1,000 award.
Peppers, a No. 2 overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers, has recently been in the headlines for a transcript that was found on the UNC-CH website. The transcript showed that Peppers took a number of classes within the troubled African and Afro-American Studies Department.
Peppers confirmed that the transcript was his last week, creating the potential for a violation of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
The Light on the Hill Society scholarship effort began during the 2005 Black Alumni Reunion. the program has awarded 26 scholarships: 22 Light on the Hill Society Scholars and four Julius Peppers Scholars.
Let me state this for the record; I am a white protestant American male and I am NOT a bleeding heart liberal. Now, seriously, do some of you REALLY believe that black kids have the same opportunities as white kids in our country? There are many reasons why they do not, some of which is the fault of their own race, but the issues confronting them that are legacy in nature due to years and years of inequality far outweigh the issues caused by members of their own race.- Posted by heelsforever
- Posted by heelsforever- Posted by TruthBKnown Left The BuildingLet me state this for the record; I am a white protestant American male and I am NOT a bleeding heart liberal. Now, seriously, do some of you REALLY believe that black kids have the same opportunities as white kids in our country? There are many reasons why they do not, some of which is the fault of their own race, but the issues confronting them that are legacy in nature due to years and years of inequality far outweigh the issues caused by members of their own race.- Posted by heelsforever
I think they could have the same opportunities, yes. I don't believe there is anything institutional holding them back any more. The minorities that value education get one and do well in this life. But there are some in their own communities (sometimes their own families) that do not see the value in working hard to get an education. Some consider it "uncle Tom"-ish to pursue an education and a better life, like it is kissing up to "the man" or something.
High school education is free. All they have to do is get the grades and there are all kinds of opportunities available. In fact, there are a lot more predominantly white universities out there offering minority scholarships than vice versa. In that sense, one could probably argue that they have a little MORE opportunity than whites. Universities today value "diversity", and that means bending over backwards to accept minorities. And I don't have a problem with that. The only thing I have a problem with are people contending they have someone holding them back. Truthbeknown, the biggest roadblock to minorities are probably other minorities.
Believe what you want to believe. I have seen that in some cases they are held back by their own race and said that some of their issues are due to that fact. But I will contend that we are talking about a group of people who were held back for hundrends of years in our country. Jim crow ended less than 50 years ago. Some schools in the south were forced by the supreme court to integrate in the early 70's because they didn't do it voluntarily. Whether anyone wants to admit it or not racism still exists in our country and black Americans get more than their share of it directed at them. Sorry, but I do not agree that they have the same or MORE opportunities as the average white kid.
do you think that if some white man (athletic) from UNC or wherever else donated money to a scholarship for only white people that the Africian American people wouldn't be raising holy sand about it?? really!- Posted by awood2