scholarship for white men

The Texas non-profit, Former Majority Association for Equality (FMAE), is offering scholarships. According to their webpage “Scholarship applicants should be caucasian, male, demonstrate a commitment to education, and substantiate financial need.”

According to the scholarship application form, applicants have to be “no less than 25% Caucasian.”

Here is the organization’s Mission Statement:

Our goal: To financially assist young Americans seeking higher education who lack opportunities in similar organizations that are based upon race or gender. In a country that proclaims equality for all, 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 group.

We have a very simple mission: to fill in the gap in the scholarships offered to prospective students. There are scholarships offered for almost any demographic imaginable. In a country that proclaims equality for all, 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 group.

Our short term aspiration is simple: Award a $500 scholarship to five individuals that meet or exceed our qualifications on July 4, 2011. Upon achieving this we look forward to giving at least five scholarships for each Spring and Fall semester. Awardees remain eligible for future semesters as long as one’s overall GPA exceeds 3.0. Scholarship applicants should be caucasian, male, demonstrate a commitment to education, and substantiate financial need.

One obstacle that we immediately anticipate is to not appear racist or racially motivated.  We do not advocate white supremacy, nor do we enable any individual that does. We do not accept donations from organizations affiliated with any sort of white supremacy or hate group. We have no hidden agenda to promote racial bigotry or segregation. FMAE’s existence is dedicated around one simple principle, to provide monetary aid for education to white males who need it.

You can find more information here, here and here.

16 thoughts on “scholarship for white men

  1. Ah yes: Making a Statement in support of all those oppressed white males who miss out on the unfair advantages women and minorities get. I wonder how many of them would trade places with us to take advantage of affirmative action and all those other goodies.

    So: a $500 scholarship. That might pay for 3 or 4 textbooks. And “at least 25% white”–that covers virtually every African-American in the country.

  2. Yeah, when was whiteness understood to be “at least 25% Caucasian”? Perhaps these fine folks just recognize that one of the things that makes the former majority “former” is the one-drop rule? Whooooooops your racial purity.
    And finally: once again, the appearance of racism is more important (or the same thing) as racism itself.
    Amazing. But great for the classroom!

  3. Hello, Anonymous. Who here said they had a problem? If a bunch of guys in Texas want to award $500 “scholarships” to 25+% white guys–or to left-handed people, or redheads, or short people (women under 5’2”–I’ll go for that) or what ever: it’s their business. I think the take on this wasn’t that it was a promblem but that it was amusing.

  4. Thanks H.E.,

    Some of the media response to this scholarship points out that in Texas Non-Hispanic Whites are now in the minority, which is beside the point given the way the scholarship is described.

    I am also curious about how this might pan out in the classroom. Pretty much every semester a student brings up the injustice of the lack of scholarships for White men. My standard response is like H. E.’s: ‘OK, so a college scholarship would be enough for you to trade in all of your white privilege? What about the children you might have one day? Do you wish that your child would be a person of color so that they could cash in on all of the advantages of not being White?’ I am curious about how others handle this issue. Partly because it is such a challenge to get students to look at issues of systemic rather than just individual fairness.

    In the US, things are made more complicated by the fact that the majority of undergraduate degrees now go to women, and as I have said before many Whites are facing the idea of loosing their majority status.

    So, there is lots of classroom fodder here.

  5. There are lots of issues here about what makes a person a “minority”. It’s true that non-Hispanic white folk are a “minority” in a purely demographic sense. So what? It’s also true that men are a “minority” in the entire country, given that the country is demographically less than 50% male.

    I don’t think being a “minority” is entirely about numbers. It’s about power and authority. I don’t have the statistics on state leadership in Texas, but I’m well aware that the governor is white and I’d bet a decent chunk of change that the state legislature is mostly white, too.

  6. They could have cut the last paragraph if they’d just started the mission statement with, “We’re not racist or anything, but…”

  7. Yeah, a few years ago there was a confab of college presidents discussing the “problem” of male underrepresentation.

    The reason isn’t hard to understand: the male-female wage gap for jobs that don’t require a college degree is bigger than it is for college grad jobs. Moreover sex segregation for non-college degree jobs is higher: good blue-collar jobs (which are disappearing) are as sex-segregated as ever. So there’s more incentive for women to get degrees than there is for men: a guy can get a half-decent job without a BA; a woman cannot.

    As far as the 43% figure, at the most highly competitive colleges there’s virtually an even male-female balance. You see the biggest discrepancy at less competitive schools that attract students who are, as it were, on the cusp. Which supports what I said above. For the best and brightest, who will definitely go to college, men are as likely to go as women. But where it’s a judgment call, there’s more incentive for women to go.

    So it isn’t a matter of discrimination or somehow education being uncongenial to males: it’s men and women behaving as rational choosers, responding to incentives.

  8. H.E.: I think you’re moving too fast, in two senses.

    First of all I doubt there’s a single causal story like that to tell. This stuff is complicated. As the mom of a boy, who has been paying a lot of attention to school dynamics, I do think there’s something right about education being uncongenial to boys. At least, I am not willing to dismiss it that quickly. My son is has a gender-atypical temperament in almost all ways and is doing more than fine in school, but in general, the girls in his grade 4-6 class are way outpacing the boys, and it’s obvious that it’s mostly because they have the right kind of focus and behavior and interests for school to be a good fit for them. And they are certainly not rationally maximizing their future earning to effort ratio at their age. Sorry, I know feminists aren’t supposed to like this point, but…

    Second, and less contentiously, even if you were right that there’s no discrimination going on etc, that doesn’t mean there’s not a problem here that we might want rectified. We don’t generally accept the idea that whatever people choose is just fine as long as they really chose it. Education is inherently good, most of us think. People become better and more fulfilled people who contribute more if they have it. So if for broad institutional reasons men are substantially less likely to get a good education, that’s a problem worth thinking about. So there really can be a “problem” of male underrepresentation even if your causal story is the complete one.

    None of this detracts from the fact that the caucasian scholarship folks are total jackasses of course.

  9. “Lemme tell you all what it’s like, being male, middle-class and white…”
    Ben Folds notwithstanding…I don’t think there’s anything wrong with awarding a few bucks to the economically marginalized. You know, the zitty kid who flips burgers or digs ditches because he can’t afford college? The American post-secondary education system is obscenely expensive, so one more $500 scholarship won’t make much difference. Don’t think that “white” automatically means the same as “economically privileged,” because it doesn’t. There are plenty of white kids who grow up on welfare or “working poor.” And, yeah, they’re not eligible for the same “hands up” as other kids with a different (fill in the blank)…And as much as the stereotypes want to say differently, plenty of them don’t have rich family members or any other “backup plan.” Keep in mind that the first thing that those scholarships require that you demonstrate is “financial” need, which means you only get it if your parents make less than a certain amount of money. So the Nantucket-tourist-wealthy-Ivy-League types you think of when you think “White college boy” really aren’t going to be eligible, right? *shrug* What’s the big deal?

  10. Synaesthetik – $500 isn’t going to make the difference as to whether college is accessible for any of the working poor. All it will do is symbolically buttress the pernicious idea that white people are now some sort of beleaguered oppressed group.

  11. Don’t forget that there are still about 10 times as many men in prison in the US compared to women – maybe the number isn’t enough to make a huge difference in the asymmetry of women vs. men at University (in part because some in prison have gone to University, etc.) , but I suspect that this factor is one that may add to the asymmetry.

    Also, some “elite” schools such as UNC Chapel Hill have nearly 60% women.
    Of course, UNC doesn’t have an engineering school, which is unusual for a school of its type, and given that there are still more men than women engineering students..

    At any rate, I suppose this is all a digression from the main post.

  12. Uh, I hadn’t even thought about it this way, though I love your point and gotta say it was terrific to read, and I agree :o Great post! Keep ’em coming :)

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