Jerry Richardson donates to Johnson C. Smith University

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has donated $250,000 to the Johnson C. Smith University President's Gap scholarship fund that helps students with college costs.

Media outlets report the school announced Tuesday that Richardson's donation will help provide education, internships and employment opportunities for students who otherwise might have been shut out of a college education because their families can't afford it. Cameron Harris, a university trustee and minority owner of the Panthers, helped secure the gift.

The school says Richardson was quick to respond when he heard of the need.

Richardson's donation comes at a time when some are questioning JCSU President Ron Carter's leadership. A former trustee petitioned to have Carter removed as president. Carter recently released a statement praising Richardson for his commitment to students.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer,

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