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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

A scholarship for white males? It’s about time

 

March 14, 2011



It’s tough to be a white male in America sometimes, especially when you’re trying to get into college or get scholarships for college.

Many have found this to be true and one Texas organization is now offering a scholarship for white males.

There are thousands of scholarships available and many of them are targeted to help those of certain races and now this specified group can be included in this exclusive club.

The Former Majority Association for Equality (FMAE) was worried, at first, about major a backlash but they have found that most people are in support of the scholarship, according to the Austin-Statesman.

The requirement for the scholarship is that applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be at least one-quarter Caucasian, a Texas resident, demonstrate a commitment to education, and show financial need. FMAE’s goal, according to their website, is to “financially assist young Americans seeking higher education who lack opportunities in similar organizations that are based upon race or gender…we provide monetary aid to those that have found the scholarship application process difficult because they do not fit into certain categories or any ethnic groups.”

Colby Bohannan, the president of FMAE and an Iraqi War veteran, was searching for scholarships and came up with the idea. It states in the Austin-Statesman, “I felt excluded. If everyone else can find scholarships, why are we left out?”

I have to agree with Bohannan’s findings. My husband came to the same roadblocks when trying to not only find scholarships for school but also when trying to get accepted into certain schools.

One woman stated in the feedback section of the article, “I’m African American and I must say I see no problem with this scholarship. It is exclusive as all scholarships are, but not racist.”

All of the hype seems promising to those white males who may be hoping for scholarships in the future. FMAE has opened the doors to many more organizations offering the same types of scholarships.

All Americans should be able to qualify for scholarships and the color of their skin or their ethnicity should not be an obstacle—for anyone.

On a final note, since the media hype of the scholarship program, FMAE has received donations to total $2,500. This fall, they plan to give five white males in Texas a $500 scholarship.

 

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