Education: Needy Kids, Perpetual Aid

In 1981 Entrepreneur Eugene Lang promised 61 Harlem sixth-graders he would pay their college costs if they stayed in school. As it turns out, he laid the seeds not only for their future education but also for a host of generous imitators around the country. The latest and perhaps largest benefactor is Avron Fogelman, a Memphis real estate developer and co-owner of the Kansas City Royals. Last week Fogelman, 47, announced he would subsidize tuition perpetually for disadvantaged Memphis-area public school students who go to Memphis State University. Fogelman has put up an initial $2.5 million, and will add some $2...

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