Texas white men scholarship offers $500 to Caucasian students


The "Texas white man scholarship" offers $500 to individuals with at least 25 percent Caucasian heritage and a 3.0 GPA. Image: Flickr / MoneyBlogNewz / CC-BY

According to the newest Census reports, within the next decade the minority in the United States will likely be those who are “non-Hispanic white.” The new Former Majority Association for Equality is responding to this by offering a Texas “white men scholarship.” The scholarship gives $500 to applicants who are at least 25 percent non-Hispanic Caucasian.

Beginnings of the Former Majority Association for Equality

The Former Majority Association was started by Texas State University student Colby Bohannon. Bohannon is an Iraq war veteran who was trying to find additional ways to fund his education. When he discovered that most scholarships were offered to women or individuals who were not Caucasian, he got together with friends to start the association.

$500 Texas white men scholarship

The small scholarships offered by the FMAE can be claimed by anyone with 25 percent non-Hispanic white heritage with a 3.0 grade point average. According to the FMAE website, the group “has no political aspirations, financial agenda or radical social philosophies whatsoever.” The group simply aims to fill the gap in available scholarships for white men. The $500 Texas white men scholarship is accepted by schools the same way other scholarships targeted toward specific groups are accepted.

The changing face of America

The FMAE scholarship, like other “white men scholarships” offered before it, seeks to highlight the fact that white men are not truly a majority in the United States any longer. Non-whites account for 48.6 percent of births in the United States, and women account for approximately 55 percent of the population, according to the latest Census figures. Some say that these changing statistics mean that scholarships based on race or gender should be eliminated entirely; others argue the criteria should be adjusted to match current statistics.


Census.gov (PDF)
Wall Street Journal

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