Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Georgia College Offers Scholarship to Amend Discrimination. (Noteworthy News)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Georgia College Offers Scholarship to Amend Discrimination. (Noteworthy News)

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CARROLLTON, GA.

In 1955 and 1956, every senior at an all-Black high school in Carrollton applied to West Georgia College. All were rejected because of the color of their skin.

Forty-five years later, the college has apologized, and an anonymous donor has created a scholarship fund for the descendants of those 60 or 70 students who were turned down.

The George Washington Carver High School Descendants Scholarship is a $5,000 award that will be presented annually, starting in the fall of 2002. Any descendant with a 3.0 high school grade-point average may apply.

"It's good that someone has taken a partial role in undoing some of the things that were done," says Grady Gamble, a Carver High graduate and a retired Atlanta police captain. "It might not satisfy everyone, but it is a step in the right direction."

Jeff Long, who was a teacher at Carver in the 1950s, encouraged all members of the senior classes to apply to West Georgia, a segregated state college in Carrollton. It was a protest against segregation, but Long says he also had another motive.

"I wanted to get as many students into college and professional life as possible," he says.

Last year, Dr. …

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