In the end, it’s a scholarship for a minority group in Texas.
It may be hard to believe, but whites are currently not the overwhelming majority in the Lone Star state: 42 percent of the population are white, non-Hispanics (down from over 50 percent 10 years ago). So Colby Bohannon, an Iraq War veteran, decided to create a new scholarship for white males, remembering how hard it was for him to get a scholarship when he was looking for one:
The scholarship is being offered by “The Former Majority Association for Equality”.
Colby Bohannon, the president of FMAE, started the group after he had a hard-time securing a scholarship for himself.
The group claims it’s not racially motivated and doesn’t have an agenda to promote racial bigotry or segregation.
Applicants must be a man, at least a quarter caucasian, have a proven commitment to education and financial need.
“Our organization will have nothing to do with any organization that promotes bigotry, supremacy or discrimination,” said Bohannon.
Bohannon started the group with some friends. They plan to to begin handing out $500 scholarships this summer for fall semester. Qualified students must be white males with at least a 3.0 grade point average, according the group’s website.
Bohannon knows he will face criticism. “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,” he told Reuters.
But in the end, his goal is to level the playing field as his state’s demographics change.
“I believe in equality for everyone, as well as being a strong believer that everyone should have an opportunity to attend college no matter who they are or where they come from,” Calysta Spence, FMAE’s fundraising coordinator, told The University Star.