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March 11, 2011 9:00 AM The White Scholarship

By Daniel Luzer

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Students at Texas State University might now be able to take advantage of a scholarship designed for, and offered exclusively to, white men. Yes, white guys only.

According to a piece by Patrick George in the Austin American-Statesman:

Colby Bohannan said that when he first applied to college, his family didn’t have a huge stockpile of money set aside to pay for school. He found many scholarships for women and minorities, but none aimed at people like him: white men.
So Bohannan, a mass communication major and Iraq war veteran, and others formed the Former Majority Association for Equality — a San Marcos-based nonprofit group that is offering five $500 scholarships exclusively to white male students.

Bohannan points out that while many college scholarships are available only to women or ethnic minorities, none seem to be available to white dudes (apparently scholarships offered for golf skills or by the Sons of the American Revolution don’t count). This is despite the fact that, at least in Texas, white men only constitute about 45 percent of residents.

“I felt excluded,” Bohannan explained. “If everyone else can find scholarships, why are we left out?”

The reason you’re left out is because there’s a difference between being a historically disadvantaged minority and a mere numeric minority.

Applicants to Bohannan’s award must demonstrate financial need and have a GPA higher than 3.0. They must also be at least 25 percent Caucasian, though one wonders how the organization plans to check. The 25 percent rule would allow Frederick Douglass, Bob Marley, and Malcolm X to qualify.

As of Monday FMAE had raised $485. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer

Comments

  • Mobeen Mirza on March 23, 2011 5:00 AM:

    Getting a college degree can significantly bolster their chances of getting a job that likely supports their financial needs.