Black Caucus Foundation Will Investigate Scholarships

Posted August 31, 2010 at 5:01pm

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation will investigate scholarships it allowed CBC members to award in the wake of Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-Texas) admission that she granted funds to her relatives and the children of a staff member, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The AP reported that CBC Foundation attorney Amy Goldson said the foundation will review whether other Members have awarded scholarships to ineligible recipients.

The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday that Johnson awarded at least 23 scholarships since 2005 that violated the foundation’s anti-nepotism and residency rules. Johnson told the newspaper that she was not familiar with all of the program’s rules.

The CBC Foundation provides $10,000 in scholarships annually to each CBC member. Caucus members individually publicize the program, decide the number of recipients and select winners. The foundation is supported by private and corporate donations, not taxpayer money.