Did anyone see this article over the weekend on Yahoo?
BRISTOL, R.I. - A student group at Roger Williams University is offering a new scholarship
for which only white students are eligible, a move they say is designed to protest affirmative action.
The application for the $250 award requires an essay on "why you are proud of your white heritage" and a recent picture to "confirm whiteness."
"Evidence of bleaching will disqualify applicants," says the application, issued by the university's College Republicans.
Jason Mattera, 20, who is president of the College Republicans, said the group is parodying minority scholarships
"We think that if you want to treat someone according to character and how well they achieve academically, then skin color shouldn't really be an option," he said. "Many people think that coming from a white background you're automatically privileged, you're automatically rich and your parents pay full tuition. That's just not the case."
The stunt has angered some at the university, but the administration is staying out of the fray. The school's provost said it is a student group's initiative and is not endorsed by Roger Williams.
Mattera, who is of Puerto Rican descent, is himself a recipient of a $5,000 scholarship open only to a minority group.
"No matter what my ethnicity is, I'm making a statement that scholarships should be given out based on merit and need," Mattera told the Providence Journal.
His group took out a full-page ad in last week's issue of the university's student newspaper to tout the scholarship, which was for $50 until two donors came forward to add $100 each during the weekend, Mattera said.
It's not the first brush with controversy for the group. The school temporarily froze the Republicans' money in the fall during a fight over a series of articles published in its monthly newsletter. One article alleged that a gay-rights group indoctrinates students into homosexual sex.
My opinion: I think this was done fairly tongue-in-cheek/satirical (come on, a $50 scholarship?) and to try to make a point by parodying minority scholarships. It does seem fairly hypocritical, though, that the guy behind all this is himself the recipient of a minority scholarship. I think it hurts his cause that he seems to be biting the hand that feeds him.
What are your thoughts?
Feb 16, '04
Quote from Tilleycs
I personally don't have a problem with any kind of scholarship for anyone. If it will help them get an education and have a better life & future for themselves, more power to them. College is NOT cheap. I was awarded the Aubrey Lee Brooks scholarship when I went to NCSU, which was based on need and merit. I also got financial aid (a Pell Grant), and those are the only way I was ABLE to go to college. I've heard some people think that if you're white, you're automatically rich, but trust me - nothing could be farther than the truth. If you'd looked in the dictionary at the word "poor", there WOULD have been a picture of us in there, but we couldn't afford to go to the photo shoot (drum cymbals).
If I hadn't gotten that help, an option would have been to go to a local black college on a minority scholarship (I'm white). I say, whatever way you can make it to college, go for it.
sorry i didn't mean to ask u, i quoted wrong
Last edit by Godswill on Feb 16, '04
Feb 16, '04
Quote from Godswill
But the majority of people who say thing like have u said are not educated on how real racism is
Never said that i didn't know how real racism is. Racism is a different story for each person. I had my own problem with it, and the problem wasn't a very common one either, but it does happen. And granted i don't deal with it everyday like some do.
What i'm saying is that a race/ethnic background based scholarship is wrong all-around. A person may have to be the best qualified to receive it, but a scholarship shouldn't be limited to ethnic background.
Last edit by Marie_LPN, RN on Feb 16, '04