Fifty Spelman grads learn their student debt has been paid

ABC NewsBy HALEY YAMADA, ABC News(ATLANTA) — One couple has donated more than $1 million to Spelman College, a historically black institution for women in Atlanta, in order to pay the remaining tuition of nearly 50 graduates.The donors, Frank Baker and Laura Day Baker, said they realized that college debt can steal graduation dreams and wanted to empower historically underserved communities. The college will receive the money over the next three years.“We live in a world of have and have nots and people of color tend to be in the have nots and the biggest distinguishing factor is education,” Frank Baker, a private equity investor, told ABC News’ Deborah Roberts. “As I was brainstorming this with [Spelman College] President Campbell, I really zeroed in on rising seniors who just ran out of gas financially.”The 50 students were chosen by Frank Baker and Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell.“We took the [decision] back to [Baker] and said, ‘Look, here are the students that would graduate were it not for the fact that their balances were cleared.’ And he said, ‘Let’s do it,’” according to Campbell.Spelman College graduate Gabrielle Sumpter was one of the first students to receive the news that she would be a recipient of the scholarship.“My family and I owed $11,000 … it’s really meaningful that [Baker] invested in an institution he knew was cultivating and developing young black women,” said Sumpter, who is planning on paying the gift forward within the community. “I want to change the world by educating people about different health disparities that are impacting people of color.”Graduate Thulani Vereen said the donation lifted a financial weight off her shoulders. Her family had $8,000 in student debt.“In my family it’s always said, ‘Education is a tool to liberation,’” Vereen said. “It’s just like this weight that’s been lifted for my mom and I.”“[The donation is] allowing us to become one step closer to our dreams,” said graduate Erena Reese, who owed $15,000.Baker, who is a father of three children, said he thought about his own 12-year-old daughter when making the decision.His advice to the graduates: “Go after it. Be confident. Don’t let anyone look down at you. Don’t let anyone discourage you. I expect nothing but excellence from all of them. And once you get there, remember it’s your turn to give back.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. read more

Program Honors Vermont’s Centennial Businesses

first_imgIs Your Business A Century Old? If Yes, Then The Secretary of State IsLooking For You!Program Honors Vermont’s Centennial BusinessesMontpelier. Secretary of State Deb Markowitz has put out a call fornominations for the 2005 Vermont Centennial Business Awards program. TheVermont Centennial Business Awards honors businesses that have operated inVermont for at least 100 years. This is a joint project of the Office ofthe Secretary of State, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the VermontBusiness Magazine.Secretary of State Deb Markowitz said, “Any business that has been inoperation in Vermont for 100 years or more can participate in this newawards program by filling out a registration form and providingverification of its business start date.” Vermont’s centennial businesseswill be presented with a plaque at an awards ceremony and their names willbe engraved on a permanent marker recognizing Vermont’s oldest businesses.”It is important to recognize Vermont’s businesses for their longevity,”said Secretary Markowitz. “It takes a tremendous amount of dedication tokeep a business active for 100 years.” Markowitz said, “The VermontCentennial Business award acknowledges Vermont’s oldest businesses forenriching our economic heritage. This program deepens our understandingof how Vermont’s businesses have enhanced our community life during thelast hundred years.”The Vermont Centennial Business Awards Program will honor awardrecipients at a reception to be held in March. Any business that hasoperated continuously for 100 years or more in Vermont is eligible toparticipate in the Centennial Awards program. For more information about the awards program and to print anapplication visit the Vermont Centennial Business Awards page on theSecretary of State’s web site: is external)Centennial Awards ProgramSecretary of State’s Office 26 Terrace Street,Drawer 9 Montpelier, [email protected](link sends e-mail)last_img read more

Ronaldinho ‘caught up in money laundering scheme with criminals’

first_imgBrazilian legend, Ronaldinho has been linked to a possible money laundering scheme – though investigators are unsure over how much he knew of what was happening. Lopez – a reported fugitive – is said to have had Brazilian native Willmondes Sousa Lira deliver the passports to Ronaldinho and his brother. Prosecutors are now looking into whether the false documents show that there is a money-laundering scheme going on using the name of Ronaldinho. It is understood that investigators do not know to what extent at how much Ronaldinho was aware by what was going on. The report also states that the duo could face a maximum of five years in prison for using fake passports Ronaldinho – who was refused his plea to be placed under house arrest – has been labelled as “stupid” by his lawyer Adolfo Marin. In an interview with Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, he said: “The courts have not taken into account the fact that Ronaldinho didn’t know he was committing a crime, because he didn’t understand he had been given false documents. He is stupid.” Read Also:Ronaldinho ‘unhappy’ in Paraguay prison says friend who visited Brazil icon Another lawyer forming part of Ronaldinho’s defence team has branded the decision to remand the former footballer “illegal and abusive” and said he has got Brazilian diplomats involved. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The 39-year-old is currently in prison in Paraguay with his brother Roberto for allegedly trying to enter the country using fake passports. World Cup winner Ronaldinho – who was tested for coronavirus while in jail – has been warned he could be held behind bars for six months for using dodgy documents. And now according to Mundo Deportivo, the 2005 Ballon d’Or winner is being investigated over whether he is part of a money-laundering plot. They state that the ex-Barcelona forward and his brother were given the passports by a businesswoman called Dalia Lopez, who has links to the Angel Brotherhood Foundation. It has been stated that Lopez – who is claimed to also have links with Brazilian and Paraguayan politicians – wanted the former footballer to participate in a charity event. The charitable foundation is now currently suspended, with Paraguay’s anti-corruption minister Rene Fernandez ordering an investigation into its dealings. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A ComebackTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksHow Couldn’t You See The Impact Of These Women On Our Lives?7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

American Airlines pilot charged in triple-homicide

first_imgSaturday, a pilot was arrested and charged in connection to the murders of a Kentucky couple, as well as a neighbor.Christian Richard Martin, 51, who works for a subsidiary of American Airlines, was detained as he prepared for takeoff, a moment described by a passenger as something like out of a movie.According to the passenger, they were boarding the early-morning flight from Louisville to Charlotte, North Carolina, when police officers escorted their uniformed pilot off the plane in handcuffs.The former major in the US army was charged with slaying three neighbors four years ago outside Nashville.Calvin Phillips was found shot dead inside his home, his wife Pamela was found dead inside a burned car several miles away along with the body of another family friend.The alleged motive was that Calvin Phillips was just two weeks away from testifying against the Martin for domestic abuse, Inside Edition reports.Martin did not have any criminal history that would disqualify him from being a commercial pilot, American Airlines said in a statement.Martin was suspected of the triple-homicide in 2016 but was just recently charged for the crime.The airline has grounded the pilot until his criminal case is resolved.last_img read more