Texas group to offer college scholarships to white men

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. Sat Feb 26, 2011 1:44pm EST

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SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (Reuters) - Members of a new Texas association are starting a college scholarship program for a group of students they say do not have as many scholarship options as others -- white men.

Colby Bohannan, a student at Texas State University in San Marcos, and some friends have formed the non-profit Former Majority Association for Equality, which will provide the scholarships. The idea was that there are many scholarships geared toward helping minorities and women attend college, and there are also scholarships for people from certain religions or from certain families. But Bohannan thought his demographic group was missing.

"We know that we're going to be receiving some vicious attacks, from people claiming that we are racists, or promoting some bigotry-filled agenda," Bohannan said on Thursday.

Starting this summer, the association plans to provide as many as five $500 scholarships to deserving white men who have at least a 3.0 grade point average, Bohannan said.

"Our aim is actually just to help students," he said. "We are not trying to jump on any political agenda or bandwagon."

Non-Hispanic whites are, in fact, a minority in the state of Texas. Census numbers released earlier this month show that they make up about 42 percent of the state's population, down from more than half just ten years ago.

To qualify for the group's scholarship, applicants have to be able to prove that they are at least 25 percent Caucasian," Bohannan said.

"We're not looking for blond-haired, blue-eyed, stereotypical white males," he said. "My feeling is that if you can say you're 25 percent Caucasian, you're Caucasian enough for us."

(Editing by Corrie MacLaggan and Greg McCune)

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Comments (12)
Serienya wrote:
They have to prove that they’re from the Caucasus region (Armenia, Georgia, etc)? So I guess those from England or Scotland are right out.

Feb 26, 2011 3:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Kyung wrote:
Exclusion of whites does exist in many US scholarship programs, and those that include whites favor the children of the white elites to qualify.
This one is probably for white elites also who attended private schools, since the word choice was deserving at only a 3.0 and not disadvantaged with a 3.0.

Feb 26, 2011 3:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Latie wrote:
This doesn’t have anything to do with scholarships. This has to do with making the point that scholarship programs targeting one group is unethical and even racist. As a black woman I think it offensive that there are such groups as the Black Negro College Fund or the Hispanic College Fund. Instead of focusing on someones race or ethnicity, why don’t we offer assistance based on means testing and grades. Questions on scholarship applications asking about race and ethnicity should be eliminated.

Feb 26, 2011 8:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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