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Whites Only Scholarship for Students- Should Race Still Matter?

Updated on May 27, 2013
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Scholarships Shouldn't Make Me Angry

I am aggravated and angry. I am shocked beyond belief. I am flabbergasted, as well. Columbia University is trying to decide whether or not they want to do away with one of requirements of one their scholarships. This scholarship was started upon the death of Lydia C. Roberts Chamberlain, who passed away in 1920. It seems that Lydia C. Roberts was extremely picky about the requirements for her scholarship. For instance, you could NOT be studying to become a lawyer, doctor, dentist, veterinarian, or theologian. And you had to agree to live in Iowa for two years after you were done with school. You had to be of good scholastic standing and in need of financial assistance. Oh, and you had to be white.

It’s that last little part that Columbia University wants to change. The part about being white. It seems that the university has a problem with that little tidbit. They say it’s a racist scholarship and needs to change to fit the times. I almost understand that. I would buy that, almost.

Ways To Find A Scholarship For You

The best way to find out what scholarships you may qualify for - as well as any other student aid - is to fill out and submit a FAFSA. A FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a part of the U.S. Department of Education. It is a way to get people who need money for college with available money. Check it out here: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

Minority Scholarships

Except for the hundreds – thousands, maybe? – of scholarships meant for one minority or another. NAACP has a few scholarships available only for African American citizens. There are scholarships for Hispanic students, Native American Indian student, Hindu students, and just about any minority you might think of. These are scholarships that are issued out every year to many deserving young people trying to further their college career. I don’t have anything against any of these scholarships. I am definitely for any scholarship that will encourage anyone to further their education. But I don’t understand why these are okay – these are “fair and constitutional” – while a scholarship meant for white students only is not.

I Wouldn't Qualify - I'm Not From Iowa

Maybe it’s just me and my Midwestern naiveté that thinks what is good for the goose is good for the gander. If it’s right for one group of people, why is it wrong for another group of people. I’m not talking about anything illegal here. I’m talking about a scholarship that was started nearly a hundred years ago by a woman with strong feelings. I don’t see future doctors and lawyers and preachers getting upset about this – and they are excluded from the scholarship. I’m from Kansas and have no inclination to live in Iowa for two years – and I am okay that I do not qualify for the scholarship. People of color should not be upset about this either. This scholarship is not saying that Columbia University only wants white people to attend their university. It simply says that one woman, nearly a hundred years ago, had some strong feelings about who she thought should use her money in the future. It was her money. It was her decision. No one should be able to change that decision. If this somehow prevented people of color from attending the university – I would say fine. Change the scholarship. But this does not prevent anyone from attending the university – or any university.

Maybe I'll Start My Own Scholarship

One of these days maybe I’ll start my own scholarship. But only left-handed people of Native American, Scottish, Irish, German heritage, with no inclination to ever speak a controversial word in public and who wear only Mohawks and have thirty three piercings in each ear would qualify. Maybe not. It would only be changed a hundred years later. Someone with 34 piercings in one ear would complain…

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      mike -you are right - I guess not everyone feels the same way that I do...now if you will excuse me I have a lawsuit to start.... :)

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      Michael Collins aka Lakemoron 5 years ago from The Village of Lakemore, Summit County, Ohio

      "they should not be offended by that either" I have to disagree with you on that part. I think it is human nature to see anything that is not for him/her as discrimination and anything that favors him/her as fair. I'm surprised the "Just for Men" hair dye hasn't been sued for discrimination. It's like the Potty Parity law.

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      mike - thanks for reading. As for your question - if it said no women, I would be okay with that - there are tons of scholarships meant for women - but not many for just men...I am for equality for everyone...and if women's groups are really for equality for all as well, they should not be offended by that either...

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      tobusiness - I agree completely! It seems that in this day and age color shouldn't matter! Only a person's character should matter.

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      samazi - thanks for reading! Yes the world is a rainbow - therefore no scholarship should be based on color - instead they should be based on merit. Unfortunately, too many are based on color. It seems that it is okay for scholarships to be for every race, color, nationality, etc. except when it comes to white. Then it is called racist.

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      Renee' D. Campbell 5 years ago from Gaithersburg, Maryland

      I'm left-handed -but that's it-dangit I don't qualify - great hub though - i really appreciate your words - great statement - keep hubbing - hopefully we'll get it right one day

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      Michael Collins aka Lakemoron 5 years ago from The Village of Lakemore, Summit County, Ohio

      With the Iowa clause do they really need to say white people only?

      After 86 years of slavery and over a 100 years of black codes and Jim Crow laws it’s not surprising there are still laws and scholarships that favor minorities. Life is not fair and what is constitutional changes with the times and the flavor of the courts. One day we have Dred Scott the next we have Brown vs. the board of Ed. Maybe some day there will be a ruling forcing the elimination of all race restrictions (just not today).

      This sounds like the college wants eliminate a PR problem. If the college is the conservator of the scholarship then they should have the say in how it is awarded.

      This is just a quick question. If it said no women how would you feel? And how many women’s groups would be offended by this?

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Maybe it is time we stop seeing black and white and start seeing "PEOPLE" who need a little help now and then, black, white, yellow,pink or green; when oh when will we see pass that damn colour???

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      Masimba Mukichi 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      The world is a rainbow world,changing this scholarship to reflect that is highly appreciated.

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Hatter - thanks for reading! I think we are way past race based scholarships.

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Bill - thanks for reading! This just struck a nerve and I had to write about it! Glad you agree!

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Brenda - thanks for reading! I'm glad you liked it!

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      onusonus - darn! You were close! Thanks for reading!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I am with you. The days if race based scholarships are over.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think you made your point rather forcefully and clearly. :) It is ridiculous and I totally agree with you.

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      Brenda Durham 5 years ago

      I love it!

      Agreed that there's no reason that scholarship shouldn't stand unless all others are corrected across the board too.

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      Onusonus 5 years ago from washington

      I almost made it. No piercings, but I had a Mohawk in high school. So close...

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