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Post Foundation's 2014 Top Senior program gets underway
Published Monday, February 10, 2014 6:00 am
by Ellison Clary

CHARLOTTE – Top performing African-American seniors in Mecklenburg County high schools soon will get a chance to compete for college scholarship money.

More than 800 students with grade-point averages at 3.25 or higher – about 12 percent of African-American seniors – will receive notification this month from The Charlotte Post Foundation that they are eligible to apply for Top Senior and Top Senior Runner-up. clientuploads/TopSenior/TSLogoMini.jpg

Our mission is to let the public know the positive initiatives that African-American students are taking in high school,” said Bob Johnson, general manager of The Charlotte Post and coordinator of The Charlotte Post Foundation Scholarship Competition.

The Top Seniors receive $2,500 to use as necessary at the college or university he or she will attend in Fall 2014.

“These funds are not restricted,” Johnson said. “We give the money directly to the winners and they can use it as they choose, for school supplies, a computer or to supplement other scholarships.”

The money is from The Charlotte Post Foundation, which has sponsored the academic competition since 1975.

The process is different this year, explained Gerald Johnson, publisher and chief executive of The Charlotte Post and president of the Charlotte Post Foundation. Rather than identifying high-performing African-American students through school guidance counselors, the Post Foundation is getting its information for each high school in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System from the system’s central office.

The Post Foundation is contacting the county’s private schools separately to request this information.  

This month, The Post Foundation will mail applications to the top-performers to notify them of their eligibility and to instruct them on how to apply. All who respond will be listed along with their photo in a Top Seniors yearbook The Charlotte Post will publish in the Spring.

Respondents must complete a form that includes details of extra-curricular activities. Further, they are required to write a one-page, typed essay on “What/who inspired my academic success that allowed me to achieve recognition as a Top Senior”. The deadline to submit an application to The Post Foundation is close of business Friday, March 7.

A panel of community leaders and educators will help Bob Johnson select the two winners. The winners will be notified by the end of March and will be honored at The Charlotte Post Best banquet in the fall. That celebration also honors the Charlotte Post Luminary of the Year and the year’s top teacher.

The Post Best banquet draws more than 500 attendees annually and is the main fundraiser for The Charlotte Post Foundation. Since its inception, The Foundation has distributed more than $200,000 in college scholarships to deserving high school seniors.

In 2001, The Foundation expanded its mission to address learning deficiencies among African-American public school students, with a focus on dropout rates. That effort has succeeded and continues today.



My daughter has a 5.0 and 3.95 gpa, Im honestly just learning about this. Is there anything we can do to apply.
Posted on October 20, 2014
When will this be posted with names and pictures thanks..
Posted on May 28, 2014
My student is number 2 in her class, has a 3.73 unweighted and did not receive a letter. Would someone please contact me to discuss, as I don't want her to miss this opportunity? Thanks.
Posted on March 5, 2014
My name is Iman Fisher and I received this letter in the mail. I have misplaced it and am trying to find the link for the online application, or even for the print out application. I have called the office and haven't gotten a reply. If someone could inform me as to where I can find the application it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Iman Fisher
Posted on March 3, 2014

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