The troubled children are the ones who need the structure
and services of government agencies. They get labeled
"problem children" at school, they become
involved with law enforcement agencies, they are adjudicated,
undisciplined or delinquent by the courts, and they
often spend time in training schools or detention facilities.
The uncommitted children are those who are neither
achievers nor troubled. Many have the ability to become
achievers, and most have the lifestyle to become troubled.
They are in the gray area which separates success from
failure. Given the chance, they will become achievers.
Denied the chance, they may become troubled. They represent
our greatest opportunity to make a significant impact
Their opportunity for achievement may take one of several
forms. It may be a positive
role model, it may be encouragement to excel, it may
be recognition for success.
Likewise, the troubled life may be facilitated by the
absence of positive influences.
Achievers are good citizens, productive workers, and
assets to the community.
Furthermore, their example has a positive impact on
peers and family.
In 1989, the Foundation for Good Business, recognizing
the importance of motivating
uncommitted children to become achievers, established
the Extra Special Super Kids
Scholarship Program as an incentive for uncommitted
children in grades five through
In 1991, the Foundation awarded five scholarships.
Eight were awarded in 1992, and
seven were awarded in 1993. Several have been awarded
in each of the subsequent
years. Each $1 ,000 scholarship is awarded conditional
upon the recipient meeting the
achievement criteria until graduation from high school.
The scholarships send a strong
message that good things do happen for children who
choose to achieve.
Starting in 1996, our recipients started entering various
colleges and universities in North Carolina. This program
has been so meaningful in the lives of the students
that several have achieved well enough in high school
to be granted early admission to college. We now have
twelve students in colleges and universities in North
Carolina. The FGB scholarship grants are all that several
of the students have to help them achieve their dream
of a college education (the first in their families).
They will need help from the FGB in the way of additional
grants to help finance attendance beyond the first year.
The families are unable to provide much financial assistance.
Parents and guardians have told us that no one else
in their families have ever gone to college. Without
The Extra Special Super Kid Scholarships, the dream
of college was not a reality. The program is one that
truly works without the hindrance of a bureaucracy.
The many sponsors of the program, corporate and individual,
can be involved with a sense of fulfillment regarding
the use of their benevolence.