Poor unfortunate souls?
According to one Texas non-profit, the most vulnerable group in the process of student financial aid are: caucasian males.
The Former Majority Association for Equality wants to provide $500 scholarships to white males- and white males only. The associate claims that white males have been adversely affected in the allocation of financial aid because of the minority students they compete against.
Started by Texas State University’s Colby Bohannan (pictured- yes, that is him), Former Majority Association for Equality’s mission statement is to:
“provide monetary aid to those that have found the scholarship application process difficult because they do not fit into certain categories or any ethnic group.”
Bohannan, a mass communications major and Iraw War veteran says he had the idea for the group after searching to find scholarships he qualified for. In an interview with the Austin American-Statesman, the student expressed his frustration:
“I felt excluded. If you’re not a male, and if you’re not white, you’re called a minority. I’m not sure white males are the majority anymore.”
In Texas, Bohannan actually has a valid argument on being considered a minority. According to the most recent census data, non-Hispanic whites made up 45% of the states’ populace. In fact, over the past decade the state’s growth has been dominate by Hispanics who make up two-thirds of Texas’ new residents.
Bohannan says his group is “not trying to jump on any political agenda or bandwagon” but instead “is actually just to help students.” However, it’s hard to imagine a more political group than one whose name speaks directly to the changing demographics in Texas and the country at large. While he claims he isn’t trying to create a movement, technically Bohannan’s group could appeal to other white males in different parts of the country who are seeing their neighborhoods populations change.
Lest you think though that the scholarship is for any old white male, be aware that the Former Majority Association for Equality has its standards. In order to qualify for one of the $500 scholarships, students had to be at least 25% caucasian and have a 3.0 GPA. According to the now rebranded Halle-one-drop rule, this would qualify bi-racial students to apply for the aid- an ironic outcome given the group’s mission.
However, the question raised by Bohannan’s group is this: is there more to being a minority than just the numbers? Should scholarships awarding achievement by students of color be phased out as the groups become the majority or do those scholarships mean something more?
Interestingly enough, Bohannan’s group is actually supported by a handful of Texas State students who would not qualify for the scholarship the group offers. Of the nine-member volunteer board for the Former Majority Association for Equality members include three women, one Hispanic and one African American. Though they were not interviewed- we’d love to have a word with all of them.
Bohannan says his group is founded around one major question:
“If everyone else can find scholarships, why are we left out?”
What do you think Clutchettes- if white males are in fact the new minority in Texas do they deserve an exclusive scholarship?