Unanswered questions about Dubow’s scholarships

I sent the following to Western Carolina University officials yesterday, with a copy to Gannett Foundation Executive Director Tara Connell. My questions concern $40,000 in foundation grants given to the North Carolina school for an endowed scholarship fund recommended by CEO Craig Dubow.

Nov. 30, 2008

Clifton Metcalf, Jim Miller and Bill Studenc:

The Gannett Foundation gave $20,000 in 2006 and $20,000 in 2007 to the Western Carolina University Foundation in Cullowhee, N.C., for endowed scholarships. Both grants were recommended by Gannett Chairman and CEO Craig Dubow, the foundation’s public tax returns show.

My questions:

  • Did the $40,000 go to the Craig and Denise Dubow scholarship fund, listed on this WCU page?
  • If not, which endowed scholarship fund or funds received the $40,000?
  • In what ways were these gifts credited to the Gannett Foundation?

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