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MADISON- The leaders of a University of Wisconsin-Madison
college research organization and Dane Co.'s Boys and Girls club say no public
money was used when they helped Michael Brown's three siblings secure college


Brown, an unarmed Missouri teen, was killed during a
police shooting moments after security footage showed him taking part in a
robbery.  Sunday, as part of a Ferguson, MO
unity really, Dane Co. Boys and Girls club CEO Michael Johnson announced he had
teamed with the Wisconsin HOPE Lab to make sure Brown's siblings received
college money.


"And there's a website set up through the Wisconsin
Hope Lab," Johnson said Sunday. "And if you go there, we'll make sure
the family gets this money."


The Wisconsin Hope Lab is a new, non-partisan, grant
funded program, located inside UW's School of Education. Since May, their staff
has been researching college kids across the state, helping more Wisconsinites,
especially minorities and lower income students, receive a college education.


Lab director Sara Goldrick-Rab says the lab's mission, to
make sure all kids who want a college education are able receive one, inspired
her to start a personal go fund me page. 
Then, she says, the anonymous scholarship donor contacted her on
Twitter, and she put them in contact with the Brown family lawyer.


"Of the $20,000 we raised, $10,000 came from the
Urban League of St. Louis, $5,000 came from the Boys and Girls Club of St.
Louis, $1,000 came from Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Then the other $4,000
came from donors who restricted their gift to support their family,"
Johnson says.


To critics, both Johnson and Goldrick-Rab say they work
every daily raising the same types of funds for locals.  As an example, Goldrick-Rab says this fall
the Wisconsin HOPE Lab is distributing $4 million in financial aid, provided by
Great Lakes, to Wisconsin undergrads from all backgrounds.


"In order to study how grants can improve their
chances of succeeding in college," Goldrick-Rab says. "Recipients
will be from middle and working class families, all over the state, every
race/ethnicity and gender."

Leaders: no public money used in Madison's role securing Brown sibling scholarships

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