WASHINGTON, DC - Timothy F. Johnson, Chairman and Founder of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, today announced that the Frederick Douglass Foundation would offer a $5,000 scholarship to any student who applied for a Congressional Black Caucus scholarship through Congressman Sanford Bishop, and was denied. An unnamed supporter has generously come forward and committed the funds to help a student in need.
Congressman Bishop has acknowledged diverting scholarship money to relatives and those with connections to staffers in his office.
"Congressman Bishop should be ashamed at himself for funneling scholarship money to relatives and friends, instead of those students in his district who need them most," Timothy Johnson said. "And in order for the Frederick Douglass Foundation to truly put our money where our mouths are,we're offering a $5,000 scholarship for any student who comes forward from Congressman Bishop's district and can prove they were denied a CBC scholarship."
An attorney for the CBC Foundation has said that it has long been understood by members that scholarships were not to be directed towards relatives. The foundation began an internal audit of its scholarship program this summer after U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas admitted that she steered scholarships to her relatives and a staffer's children.
"Instead of continuing politics as usual and directing funds for needy students to friends and relatives, we must work to end the cronyism shown by Congressman Bishop and the Congressional Black Caucus's hold on his district. I truly hope we can help a needy student with a scholarship that Congressman Bishop cast aside in favor of someone who may not have needed it."
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