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March 1st, 2011
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White-Only Scholarship

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  1. Anthony

    No one ever seemed to have any issues with the United Negro College Fund. Why should this be a problem?

    February 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  2. Travis- San Antonio

    There is nothing wrong with this idea. The fact that someone has finally realized the problem is a great step forward. Anyone who claims that this is a racist program needs to take a closer look at scholarship applications. If they (scholarhips) really don't select on race, then why do they ask for it on the application?

    February 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  3. Sammie B.

    Why is it ok to have segments like "Black in America" ok for all black colleges, the NAACP, and they are not considered "racist" I think what they are doing is fine. Affirmative actions is racist in and of itself. If you don't want your race used against you, you should not use it to benefit you either. Get over it already.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  4. jamie

    It's about time!!!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  5. Tim

    Finally an organization who is ready to stand up against the racism against Caucasians. Forget what our nation was 60 years ago and look at what is happening NOW. There is some much reverse racism that it is sickening and nothing is being done against it. This scholarship is going to get a lot of criticism from all the minorities but I got three words for you...American Negro Fund. How more racist can you get? Racism is the unfair treatment between any ethnic group not just Caucasians against any other group. Next to go needs to be Affirmative Action, hiring people because of their race. Isn't that racism? I didn't know we still lived in 1960!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  6. Chris

    Both in America and Canada (where I am from) we are seeing a shift to a female-dominant university population. Especailly in the Arts more and more men are finding university just not doable due to the time and financial commitment. As a male mixed race student, I qualify for very few scholarships and it is very frustrating. I think the scholarship's intent is valid and support it.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  7. Becky

    Great job to your organization! I fully agree with you. This has nothing to do with the past, it only has to do with today. There is a severe lack of funds and preferences to the causion male these days. Again, Americans should be able to understand that this is simply another means of helping out the less fortunate in times of need.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  8. Annette

    I think this is a great idea! As a parent of a white female college student , I also found that there were many scholarships just for being a particular ethnicity.....but nothing if you were just white, born in the USA. I hope someone starts a scholarship for white female students!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  9. Jamie Santos

    I am the mother of 2 college age sons. They are 25% Hispanic and 75% "white" for lack of a better term. They are ineligable for Hispanic scholarships because they are only 25% Hispanic. They are not considered a minority so they lose out on monies to go to college. We are a military family and we are not rich. My sons both graduated in the top 5% of their high school class but with the competition being so stiff for scholarships they lost out on monies because of not being considered a minority. We know in the history of our country minorites have and still are discriminated against but in getting into college and receiving scholarship monies, I do not think race should be a factor. I think grades, acheivement and financial need should be the qualifications in receiving scholarship monies.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  10. Tammy Richardson

    It's about time someone targeted helping this group. How would the world take it if someone created a national White persons college fund? I don't think it would be taken well. Thank God our Black Americans do not have the same issues that they had many years ago, Obviously treating ANYONE different due to their skin color is wrong BUT that has to go both ways. White females have plenty of help out there for scholarships as well as all "minorities" I believe this is now a step in the right direction. I wish we could all be like the little kids are when color and nationality doesn't matter. I think this is a step in the right direction

    February 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  11. Ray in Connecticut

    Minority groups have long been able to setup grants and scholarships to aid those minority individuals who need help with school, but because of a historic dominance of white males in this country, it has been taboo for whites to do the same. An unfortunate by-product of this recession, most of the middle and lower class are struggling these days, the time has come to be able to help all potential students no matter what their skin color or background. If this group is true to their mission statement and will not take money from hate groups and only sponsor students with leadership qualities and dedication to their studies, I say its a great thing that a less fortunate white person can get help with school. Trust me, all whites are not rich.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  12. Barbara

    HI Regarding the white male scholarship program, I have mixed feelings. I undertand why while males feel this is necesssary. They are left out of everything. But the bigger issue for me is that everyone should be entitled to education and help for it if they cannot afford it. I am not sure what the United Negro College Fund does, but it sounds as if it is to the benefit of black people. Perhaps we should get rid of all of these groups. People helping people wouls work. I can't see it happening in this divisive time. So yes, let them have the white male scholarship program.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  13. Al Williams

    This young man appears to be very angry and I really question his true motives for pushing this sort of scholarship. I am especially interested in how he arrived at this point since he is entitled to excellent benefits under the new GI Bill for returning Veterans.

    Finally, maybe its time that schools be required to add the name and type of scholarships a student received to their permanent transcripts, this way the source of funding for their education will be an open part of their educational record!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  14. AboutTimeinTX

    I think this is long overdue, the fact that head of the group offering these scholarships is being grilled for offering them by CNN is disgusting, just because the recipients are white?

    I don't think I am racist one bit, but the inequality as far as college scholarships for white males is glaring and I applaud their efforts. Yes I am white and a male.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  15. Courtney

    Although I am the recipient of a minority full scholarship, I am truly excited that we can all come together, despite our differences, and achieve a quality education. I am so proud of America! The fact that we have learned to move past race and gender is truly phenomenal.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  16. jeremy o.

    Im black and i have friends who are of all type races and guess what they are doing just as bad as the rest of the country. I think it is fair we (black people) are given food stamps, housing etc. Why not Help is help and i think the color of your skin shouldn't prohibit that. 1 world 1 species. HUMANS!!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  17. JPatton

    This organization is taking this country back 50 years instead of moving us forwad. Colby Bohannan served in the military to defend all of us minority and majority and to come back home and to do something so exclusive and unamerican. A former war veteran who feels too entitled and confused to the facts.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  18. Justin, Boston MA

    Personally I agree with Colby Bohannon that there should be a scholarship directed toward poor white males. I am currently attending a public university with the help of several loans, Upwards of 50,000 dollars not including interest. I am a child of a single parent with a disability, yet I am not eligible for a numerous amount of scholarships. I hope that in the future people will begin to understand the demographic in need and will put forth a better effort to do so.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  19. SteveKJR

    I think this is great. We finally have someone who is not afraid to do something for the "whites only" without worrying about being politically correct.

    I also think we should have a "American History Month"

    SteveKJR

    February 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  20. Nelson Hechavarria

    I am a proud Hispanic ( Puerto Rican), I don't see nothing wrong with an all White male scholarship. America has come along way. I've heard off every type of scholarship programs out there to help every race. It is only fair. Why should todays white male suffer because of there ancestors actions. As long as they don't associate or affiliate them selfs with any racist groups, I don't see no problems. Everybody deserves an education.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  21. Marie in Chicago Illinois

    I am a black and not offended by this organization who tailors to white only. I realize that we/blacks have had and still are fighting for equalization in white America.....that being said if we/blacks continue to use references such as black this and black that it's only fair for whites to exercise the use of the word white this and white that.
    That's my opinion.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  22. Colby Buffington

    I am a half white half black man and I don't see anything wrong with having scholarship programs for whites, because there are whites that are less fortunate and they shouldn't be punished just because their white counterparts have the majority of the wealth in our country. Plus it gives my kids another scholarship option.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  23. Gary

    White male only scholarship? What a great launchpad for President Obama's "adult discussion" about racism in America. By definition, any preferential treatment given a specific race or gender is unfair – merit-based scholarships for academic or athletic accomplishments are the only ones which pass the fairness test. List all the others as unfair and racist.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  24. Bridge

    This is a good thing people. It’s about time someone stepped up, put social-taboo to the wayside, and addressed the real issue: assistance with education for EVERYONE! Being it is such an abrasive subject, and I am highly impressed with the way this interview was conducted. It’s a shame that the perception of simple minded people is going to cause some issues…

    February 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  25. Wesley

    It is the media who perpetuates racism. Why don't you discuss the scholarships for Blacks only. The United Negro College Fund and other Black only scholarships and grants. Why do you continue this race batting. While the media give Black seperatist groups a bass. We don't like being sigled out as Black people so why do it. I guess you have Rev. Al on now or Jessie to say how discriminate this is.

    How sad.

    Wesley

    February 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  26. george hawkins

    I have no qualms about an organization who is about the business of educating american citizens. An educated nation is a better nation. This fund ,in my view, is more about education than separatist ideologies and the racial narrow mindedness of the past. Somebody who wants to educate anybody ultimately helps everybody.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  27. Leo

    I think its a good idea if there are no political or racial motives. I am African American and while going to college i received pell grants and scholarships and some of my white high school friends were not able to go to college because they had no money.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  28. Tina Lindsey

    I find no issues with the scholarships offered. My husband and I have both been employed our entire lives. Our son's only college assistance was his academic money earned from grades which in no way covers tuition, room and board at a state college. The fact that he qualifies for no other government aid requires we cover his educational costs. Also, countless campus jobs reserved for financial need students are not utilized by the need status students. My son cannot take any of these open jobs on campus because he did not qualify for finanacial aid. Where is our reward for never using government assistance? Should we not be rewarded for being gainfully employed for 25 years ? In order to keep his academic money his GPA must be maintained while many students on other types of goverment college assistance have second opportunities to obtain aid in spite of less than adequate grades. Controversial or not this is a real issue-just like health insurance and auto insurance those who pay and are covered pay the bills of all the rest who do not pay in to this system at all. If campus reserved need jobs go unfilled why does any student, regardless of status have the opportunity to take ie if they want to work? The entire system is flawed and outdated.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  29. Wesley

    Perhaps this one will be posted.

    As a Black educator, I am tired of the race batting by the media to perpetuate their agenda. We have the United Negro Fund, and any Historical Black College or University will tell you we have scholarships for Blacks only. We include Hispanics but our aim is to get scholorships to Blacks. There is nothing wrong with this gentleman's aim. If you are going to point out the flaws in one, do it for everyone.

    Wesley

    February 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  30. Barry

    In regards to the young man and the non profit scholarships for disadvantaged white men only, I feel it is needed, worthwhile and long overdue. There are countless scholarship programs for every other ethnic group in the US, so why should'nt young disadvantaged white youths have the same opportunity?

    February 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  31. BobG

    25+ years ago, I was one of the guys that this program targets today – working construction full time to pay for a near-full course load taken at night. Any tuition help at all would have been appreciated as, recalling a conversation with an advisor, my financial aid opportunities as an individual were "limited, very limited." I can only hope that watchdog groups not associated with academia don't twist this new program into something it's not and force it to disband.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  32. JPatton

    Just my day time to start having the race conversation AGAIN. Gee this is getting so old and boring.....

    February 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  33. Alfred Newman

    Hooah, I'm a african american soldier who served in Iraq 2008-2009. My comment goes to my battle buddy who made this program happen. It really shows that there is a financial need for all college students in the US. All students whether they are white, black or latino should have the opportunity to achieve their goal of higher education. A more educated United States means a better United country. Remember Ignorance leads to poverty and hate. Its a great idea because the rich keep getting rich and the uneducated gets left behind. GO ARMY!!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  34. Katelyn

    I think it is about time someone steps to the plate and does this. There is so much reverse discrimination in the country, especially when it comes to financial aid. There are tons of scholarships for people who are not white, and sometimes, it is those families with white sons who need the money to go to college. Just because someone is white, or especially a white male, does not mean they have $20,000 a year to blow on college. There are a lot of white families whose parents work 40-60 hours a week, getting minimum wage, or even working 2-3 jobs, who live pay check to pay check

    Case in point: I am a white female from Indiana who graduated with a 3.9. My fiancée, from Chicago and a white male, graduated from high school with close to a 4.0 (I'm not positive his exact GPA). We both got 0 funding. We made some pretty good friends at college (female Hispanic, male African American) who informed us they were invited to join a program through our college for free school/room/books..etc. for a whole summer. That was never even mentioned in our admission our freshman year. We also found out that they were both getting almost ALL of their tuition paid for through scholarships. How is that fair to the white people who have to pay minimum $20,000 out of pocket or are forced to get outrageous student loans?

    February 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  35. Nurse DougiE.

    Dear CNN,
    Where have you been? I'm a European/American (white) Male born in Iowa in 1961. I received a Kaiser Permenente nurse scholarship for male students only for full tuition in 1991-94. That was my second College degree and I walked from my graduation right into a part time nursing job in Kaiser making over $100,000.00. I walk to work and don't drive a car or buy gas. I don't have any credit card debt. Almost all of my co workers are women nurses and mostly from Philippines. I call my self the working poor or a middle class high tax payer. I encourage all my patients and coworkers to get of car/gas addiction and start walking more. How about you guys at CNN ? How many of your coworkers walk to work or don't use car/gas product?

    February 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  36. VAJay

    It was grimly amusing to hear Christine Romans grill Bohannon about these White males-only scholarships: the leftist social religion is ALWAYS tacitly acknowledged as the morally superior one; anything that goes against it to help the increasingly impoverished, dwindling population of Whites is portrayed as oh-so "controversial"....

    Hey, Christine: go ask an Appalachian White boy – you know, the ones Hollywood & teevee are forever insulting as "inbred, toothless hillbillies" – how "privileged" they are......

    February 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  37. Chris C.

    As a white male, I am thrilled to see an association have a scholarship for my demographic. With very little funds available for college, I found it nearly impossible to find a scholarship that I qualified for. I remember saying, "if I wasn't the majority I'd be set." I understand the previous need to "catch up" the minorities and those that were left out for many years. By doing so, we have reversed the inequality to now leave out the white male. If there are scholarships available for black males, it would be racist to not allow white males the same opportunities. Racism works both ways. All men and women regardless of race should have a chance at securing any help to pay for the increasing costs of a college education.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  38. April Nouvel

    It's about time the American white citizens are being recognized, We pay so much money to immigrants to help them live the 'american dream' it's the American people that get up everyday go to work pay our taxes so they can get help from our government upon request, while the white american man suffers. Yet its our tax dollars paying for there survival A college scholarship is becoming immpossible for some americans, while we bring in immigrants in to our country give them schooling, housing, work placement and financial assistance, we need to stand behind our country first and that includes our people. Jobs have become less available to americans partly because immigrants will work for less knowing the government will make up for the rest. Where does that leave us ? in debt? like we already are? GIVE THE AMERICAN TAX PAYING PEOPLE SENIORITY!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  39. Andrew

    I think this is a great idea. I am a white male. When I was growing up my family did not have much money. My father was a rancher and my mother was a house wife. I went to college out of state. I was not eligible for very many grants because I am a white male. The school I went to was a very expensive. The entire time I was in college I was working multiple jobs. I worked at least two part time jobs while going to school full time. Eventually (after two years) I had to drop out of college because I could not afford it anymore. My total tuition price was $40,000. I have been out of school for about 8 years and i still owe around $25,000.

    If I would have been eligible for more tuition assistance it would have helped out a lot. I witnessed "reverse discrimination" first hand by not being able to receive scholarships. I had a friend that was in school with me. She was a black female. Her parents made significantly more than my family. She got several scholarships and other tuition assistance that I was not eligible for just because I am a white male. That is not fair!

    Right now I am unemployed because of the bad economy. But as soon as I get a job I will be donating money to this organization so that maybe I can help others that are in the same position as I was in.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  40. Ron

    It's about time. Nextup, the founding of the National Association for the Advancment of Caucasian People. We have decades of "Affirmative Action" to recover from.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  41. Jon S

    this one is no different than any of the other scholarships where you must fit some physical standard to recieve the scholarship, that includes gener, and ethnic background. it isn't racism.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  42. Terri Fieldman

    Why is this even questionable? If you have a special talent, there is a scholarship for you. If you are a minority, not a white male, there is a scholarship for you. If you have certain characteristics, there may be a scholarship for even you. Oh, and if you are not a U.S. citizen, there is most definitely a scholarship for you. However, if you are a white male with no special talent, are an honor student but not #1 in your class, don't qualify for financial aid, are a U.S. citizen, sorry there is no scholarship for you. Yeah, that seems much more fair. So why are we suppose to be outraged by this? Why is this a headline? Face it, you're trying to stir the racism pot. Not classy. When did it become wrong to provide scholarships to students based on certain criteria? It's done everyday.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  43. kt

    poor and white u dont get help 2 bad 4 my sons should of been born rich or not white at lest i have a daughter mybe if i could of afford higher education i could understand how that this isnt racist or sexist

    February 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  44. Denise E

    Scholarships for white men only – I don't see a problem especially with the economy we're faced with, people have to fight for everything, college $, food, gas everything is to expensive. I like the fact he said it's like the pink elephant in the room and being left out. It's obviously not a racism issue and he mentioned they won't accept $$ from racist groups. Bravo! I'm African American so I do understand. I'm curious, he said if you're 25% white you can get the scholarship. There are a lot of black americans that are more than 25% white but physically look black, i.e. Tina Turner, would they receive the scholarships hum?

    February 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  45. Rick Andrews

    Finally! We are becoming aware of the minority status play. I am tired of seeing various groups get scholarships simply because they have said status!
    In the economy of today the US has almost zero mfg. base , therefore need to have as educated a population as posssible, that starts with anyone that can pass the entrance exams for college without "help" or points for being a "minority". History has been made so be it. Time to move on and educate all comers regardless of race.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  46. Neerod

    I am the mother of a very smart Caucasian 15-year-old male (sophomore) and have been disgusted as I look into scholarships that there is such an enormous shift away from equality for all kids wanting and deserving scholarships. The young man who was your guest was very eloquent – and rightly pointed out that it's not his fault that certain ethnic groups were overlooked 30 years ago. I wish them lots of luck.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  47. CrustyCrab

    It's about time this subject gets thrown out into the daylight! As I help my high school senior sort through scholarship applications I begin to think the world hates little white boys. I have suffered under affirmative action and it really hurts to watch your children be discriminated against because of their color. The sins of the past were legally corrected in the the 1950-60's and socially in the 1970-80's. All these minority preference programs have run their course and are now causing more harm than good but nobody has the guts to say it out loud.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  48. William Joseph Miller

    White wash. That's what it is.
    First of all, the GOP slashes budgets for state colleges and universities. Then they slash aid programs for lower income students, including Pell Grants. Then they set up a scholarship program for White Males Only.
    Incidentally, while this organization claims that it will not accept money from racist groups, there are all sorts of ways to lauder money.
    Basically this is a thinly-disguised attempt to re-introduce Jim Crow. The comments on this blog prove that racism is alive and well in the USA.

    P.S. For the record, I am a white guy. Maybe that's the reason I can smell racism a thousand miles away.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  49. Travis

    I agree with Rodney K Smith on this subject!

    February 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  50. Jay Williams

    I fully support a scholarship fund for Caucasian-American males. This is a first step in ending discriminatory practices against Caucasian males, as there are scholarships and "special deals" for blacks, hispanics, women and native americans. Think of all of the poor Caucasian American males in regions like Appalachia, who have no hope in life, and have no rich minority-interest group to bail them out. If we are going to maintain racially-preferenced scholarships, then they should be available to white males like all others.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  51. Hiruu

    I'm a black male...I have no problem with it. People are free to donate their money however they would like, and so more power to tham...hopefully, teabaggers can start more scholarships like these, and quit whining about "minority" scholarships.

    February 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  52. Mak

    I think we should not attach the race tag just about to everything. The intentions are good here and clear in stating that white supremacy groups are not welcome. Economic basis, whether black or white is a genuine consideration.
    By the way I am Asian and not White.

    February 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  53. JB Sac

    Actualy Neerod, he didn't say it was not his fault, he said he wasn't around then and didn't know who was denied what. Which I thought was weak, it's called history, pick up a book. But I guess he needed that scholarship.

    February 28, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  54. Matt

    It's about time!!! As a white male at a university that costs over 40k a year to attend, I think my voice should be heard. To anyone who will allege that I must be wealthy, I'm there on 30k of financial aid and need based scholarships. There are scholarships that you can apply to if your Jewish, Black, Hispanic, Asian, grew up in a non-English speaking household, but there are no scholarships that apply only to Caucasian males. I have looked very hard for something like that. This is a great thing.

    To all of you ignorants out there who will call this bigoted, I will ask one simple question: why can black students have a scholarship that applies only to them and not whites? We should not punish or aide people for socio-economic issues that were born a century ago. Its time to move forward and stop making excuses, not look back.

    February 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  55. neothinker

    The guy starts and denies history for the previous thirty years, by saying he was not around. This is typical of many whites, totally want to ignore the ugly history of America and how that history has shaped what is happening today. On the other hand their is nothing wrong with White people supporting white people, in fact they do it all the time. Harvard, Yale, Princeton, need I gone on. All have the same philosophy.

    February 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  56. Phil

    So why is this a problem? Its ok for there to be organizations that only give blacks and other races scolarships, but not for white people?

    February 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  57. LEB

    I don't think that this young man has been very educated on the history of gender and racial equality in this country, and actually admits it several times. Times have changed, but they haven't changed all that much.

    And anyone who thinks white males aren't privileged in this world is obviously a white male, or at least white. White men were the only one who had rights in this country since settlers started colonizing in the 1600s... and in their mother countries of England, France, Spain, etc, the same had been a reality for much, much longer. Infrastructure of that length and magnitude doesn't change in a mere 30-40 years. The white male is still, by every possible measure, the most privileged demographic in this country.

    I'm not saying that young men who are poor and happen to be white don't deserve help getting into college... they do, if they're have the grades and interest. What I'm saying is that trying to claim that whites - and moreso, white males - are discriminated or oppressed is just ABSURD. I'm white, and I've never felt oppressed by my "race." Most of the time I don't even think about my "race," because unlike a black or Hispanic or Asian person, I'm not constantly reminded of it. That's called majority privilege.

    If this group is going to give white males money for college then they should do it because "we've found that this demographic is under-represented in college due to lack of financial assistance" rather than "we think that the world has changed and now everyone discriminates against the white male." When Congress is more than 50% female and more than 50% NON-white, as well as Forbes' list of 400 richest people in the America, THEN I might believe that the reign of the white male is over.

    February 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  58. EDC

    I don't have a problem with this group promoting scholarships for white males, and I'm not a white male. Good for them because there are poor, white males in this country. I do find it curious, however, in the video I just watched that the young man being interviewed said he doesn't know anything about others having been denied access to higher education in our nation's history. Hopefully he will avail himself of one of these scholarships and take an American history class and perhaps then he will know why other groups besides white males have organizations, sponsorships, scholarships and the like to provide a much-needed leg up after the over 250 years of the biggest affirmative action program this nation has ever seen - the one where white males were given every job opportunity, all opportunities for promotion, pay increases, scholarships to universities and much more, over all other US citizens based simply on their race and gender. White males didn't get ahead in this society because they are somehow superior to all others. They got ahead in this society by denying everyone else the same opportunities they had.

    February 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  59. Janet Lee

    Give them the money if it helps their self esteem. White males have been crying about how unfair they've been treated for years now. Plus, you know how they get when angry (Arizona shooter).

    White males haven't been going to college because in the good old days all they needed was a high school diploma to get ahead, not for lack of funding. In the meantime many other groups have passed them by seeking higher education.

    They still have to actually enroll, attend classes and graduate.

    BTW college tuition in Texas is dirt cheap.

    This is a tempest in a teacup.

    February 28, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  60. Eric H

    If being a certain race is a qualification for a particular scholarship, then it is a "racist" scholarship. The parameters of the scholarship are perpetuating racism, not helping to eliminate it.

    The fact that any scholarship is being awarded based in part by the color of one's skin, shows that we still have a long way to go to realize Dr. King's dream.

    February 28, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  61. LanceSmith

    I find it entertaining that the reporter kept trying to bring up ancient history. Who cares how things were 40 years ago?? We must look to the future if we expect anything to change. An egalitarian society is about equality – not revenge.

    Good for him. I'll go ahead and send a check to him!

    February 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  62. Joe

    I have to totally agree with what they are doing. In an article in the a Wall Street Journal op-ed section published in July of '10, titled “Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege,” , Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) suggested most government diversity programs should be abolished because they “marginalized” white Americans. As stated today on the show, this is not a race issue but seeing as African American, Latino's., Gay Men and Women and Women all have their own separate funding and causes, why not the poor white male? I am married to a Latina and we have three kids. My oldest could not get any financial aid for college until I checked the "Hispanic" box, and then there was plenty of funding as well as acceptance to places he was told he could not get into originally.

    Go figure!

    February 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  63. tbazz

    I would like to see scholarships awarded based on financial need and/or academic ability, and/or athletic ability with ethnicity, race and gender not being influencing factors.

    February 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  64. Dave

    I am a long time teacher. My first BS-loans. My second BA-loans. My Master Degree-loans. I am now over 30k in debt. The ONLY money out there for me ANYWHERE as a white male was a $500 grant ONLY if I could write a two page essay on how it was living with my crack addicted mother. Now ,she is not an addict, this is the only one I found. I had scruples, so I did not apply. There should be no selection on ethnicity, no hand outs- pure merit. The end.

    February 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  65. kl

    This is an awesome idea. As a matter of fact, I can already see a comedy movie in the future where a black guy makes himself up and "acts" like a white guy to try to get the scholarship. That would be funny. Good idea, though. Let's go full circle though and ensure that there is a "white females only" scholarship, an "asian boys scholarship", a "Pakistani boys only", and so on and so forth. You get the general idea.....

    February 28, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  66. Larry

    There's thousands of scholarship for every other ethnic group out there, and there's tons of "women only need apply" scholarships. What's wrong with one for White Males?

    February 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  67. sw

    Interesting the racism that had been always there, but laying dormat (publicly, in a open and in your face manner) for the last 20 years has come out SWINING since the President took office. "Wanna be minority" groups bringing guns to town hall meetings, racist cartoons about the Chief Executive and his family run in widely distributed newspapers, and now, another "wanna be minority" says that White males must have a race/gender based scholarship soley for them, because they are ineligible for various other scholarships! HELLO? I am a Black woman, and I too am ineligible for EVERY scholarship that is out there. I am eligble for those that fit my circumstances, as are White males that do not come from a background of privledge. This is completely offensive. What this guy is basically saying that is White males should have a scholarship offered to them just on the basis of their being a White male, because minorities have them, not because ALL White males actually NEED them. And, for those of you rednecks who've left comments stating that White people are now a minority, and "...have been for quite some time.", I say this: go to the Census website, and educate yourself about how WRONG you actually are! I also dare anyone of you to research college freshman demographic statistics for every year, the last 30 years, and tell me then if you see equity in the number of White college students versus the number of minority college students. What I'm basically daring you people to do is to actually THINK before you comment.

    February 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  68. Anthony Valenti

    If the criterion is that you have to be 25% white in order to qualify for the scholarships then that would make nearly 75% of African Americans eligible and a significant number of Hispanics.

    February 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  69. steve

    what's good for the goose is good for the gander!

    February 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  70. hmm...not really.

    I think this is a bad idea. There is still a huge difference in the amount of white males and the amount of minorities that attend university. The majority of minorities that are accepted to universities are accepted based on their ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. Why can't be the same thing for white males?

    February 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  71. Mary Rose

    Personally, I'd like to access 55+ only Scholarship. In the current mindset, "educated with a lot of letters behind one's name" is equivalent to "wisdom." So, Ii'd love to get letters behind my name to match the common sense wisdom i've already acquired.

    February 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  72. Glenda

    I'm an African -American Female. I don't think the Gentleman sounded racist at all and I applaud this groups efforts to help any person that has financial need trying to attend college. I don't think it is racist at all.

    February 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  73. william frail

    Why is it that when whites attempt to assist fellow whites they are demonized ? When I went to college i was told that there was no scholarship money available due to the fact I was white and male. So I borrowed the money then joined the military to acquire some debt relief.
    Being white and male is not the crime Christine Romans and other misdirected liberals would have us believe.

    February 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  74. Jay

    Don't punish me for what I didn't do 30 years before I was born. It's about time I get the same opportunities as everyone else.

    February 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  75. Brian

    Every other race is afforded special priviledges, so why not whites?

    February 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  76. ProperVillain

    I really don't see a problem with this either. There are scholarships exclusive to every other race in this nation. There is ne'er a cry of racism with any of these nor should there be any with this scholarship.

    February 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  77. Lucky Louis

    I am so glad there is finally a scholarship for hard working American White Males. Its about time someone helps us. the media makes it seem like we have everything but truth is we need just as much help when it comes to going to college of getting a job. I think this a great idea and I would like to say Thank You to the person that started the scholarship and was not afraid to stand up and do the right thing for once. In my opinion I think its harder to be a white male now days then any other race in the U.S. Thank You for finally starting something that gives the white male a chance.

    February 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  78. Andrew

    I don't see much wrong with this, whites can be poor, though generally not nearly as poor as minorities in the country. Whites still do have the highest per capita income.

    Plus it's misleading to say "white only", Obama is half-white and would be qualified for this scholarship, when the requirement is "you need only a single white grandparent", it's difficult to say it is all that racist based. A true white supremacist would never be ok with that.

    February 28, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
  79. CH

    Of course the majority of the people have only made this conversation about race. There is reason why he exclusively said poor white males.

    As a black women I do not disagree with the scholarships, I am totally with him, in that you have to help your own people to progress. However, I wish he would understand that historically minorities and women were not allowed to go to college or were treated unfairly, and therefore the majority of white males were allowed to go to college. Also why is everyone targeting black people? How do we know that Asians, Latino's, or Southeast Asians may have disliked this scholarship. They also have scholarships created by their communities as well, and they have also been effected by structural inequalities.

    February 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  80. Jennielee

    I'm hispanic and married to a black man and I think what this young man is doing is great!!!! Not every white person is rich and come from a family with money.

    February 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
  81. CH

    Of course everyone talks about race, their is a reason why he said poor Caucasian MALES.

    As a black female, I do not see anything wrong regarding this scholarship. I see communities helping communities. However, for him to simply say that I was not there 30 years ago is ignorant and quite honestly cliche. You have to truly sit back and then about that response, because maybe what happened 30 years ago, could be the same reason why these poor whites may not be able to go to college-class, as well as race, gender, and sexual orientation are big problems in this country that are very interwoven.

    Also, everyone is pointing out black scholarships, how do you know Asians, Native Americans, Middle Easterners, Latinos, or Southeast Asians did not complain about this scholarship. Or what about women?

    February 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
  82. Naija

    The bigger issue which this video misses is that MOST Americans can't afford college, regardless of race/ethnicity! With the rate at which college tuition is increasing more and more people have justified "financial need." It's not a race issue it's an access to education issue.

    February 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  83. Matthias

    This anchor lady is a fool white supremacy ok thats like saying the united negro fund is supported by the black panthers. some one needs to reqrite he script for her

    February 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  84. Anthony

    This just seems like another way for the "White Male" to continue with their increasing and delusional position, that they are some kind of victim in a Country that is 75% WHITE... So, whites are discriminating against whites...??? I do understand some people (not a true minority, mixed with white) fall between the cracks. But to act like "white males" are the victims, is a JOKE...!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  85. John

    Doesn't matter if he was around thirty years ago or not. If he knows anything about history, he'd know there was a reason for the other college funds. He is ignorant AND naive and in my opinion Is racist! Just another one of the "group" who tries to find a way to keep the rest of us down. This idea will grow and like other things and times in the history of our country, will hurt many people of color. I pray this young man see's the light and the error of his ways.

    February 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  86. Aaron

    I have a better idea, how about we just get rid of all scholarships that are based on race and gender and let anyone who applies have an equal chance. Get rid of affirmitive action and any other racial requirements to go to school, work, socialize and let people move on in society.

    February 28, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  87. ricco

    dear people:everybody is fighting because they give you and thry did not give me.well i belive is about time" white people "open their eyes and notice that the fish is getting of there hands for a little whjle not only in this but in many other things before it was whites first eaven at the W.C.now is git in line and in some lines u can not eaven form yes there will be some bridges to cross,but what are bridges for .GO FOR IT.and lets build some new bridges

    February 28, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  88. Anthony

    Blacks are ONLY 12-14% the population in this Country. Thank God for UNCF..!!! I believe blacks have EARNED EVERY single scholarship received( huge understatement), from the close to 100 million slaves killed during the crossover, the millions killed in slavery, and of course the blatant acts of discrimination & racism through out the years....

    February 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
  89. Bill Tremewan

    Okay, why not? How many different scholarship programs are there already for any number of factors and racial/sexual groupings? Now someone wants to help some financially strapped white guys with their college expenses - so what? Who cares what their sex or race is - they need financial help. The female presenter can't seem to contain her disgust for the whole matter - her father was a white guy. Does she hate him, and her grandfathers, and brothers, if any?

    February 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  90. Dennison

    This is laughable as are many of these posts! Scholarships for white men only? Since when have WHITE MEN ever been disadvantaged in any way? It's their WHITENESS that's given them all that they need to get ahead much to the chagrin of non-whites. And this young man who's speaking on behalf of this program sounds angry, bitter, and racist to me.

    February 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  91. 28mAmerican

    Awesome. Its about time. Black, latino, and multiple other funds do the same thing. I support this 100 % its about time.

    February 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  92. Dan

    The correspondent's smug incredulousness at the notion that such an institution should exist in today's liberal America seems to be an extension of progressive bias towards a partial sect of society that once had all of the power but gradually and willfully ceded it in order to form a more perfect union. If we as a populous choose to continue to sanction and promote organizations that favor race, gender, creed, and sexual orientation then how would this organization be any different than the myriad of others? Why should this even make the news?

    February 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  93. Texassux

    There are lots of poor white male students that could use financial aid. However, there are a lot of idiotic comments on here that don't address the lack of income, only the "it's about time, white men are tired of being discriminated against" canard.

    Clearly, the speaker should be aware of racism as he is from Texas, one of the most racist -and openly corrupt – states around. I know this from experience, living in multiple cities within 300 miles of Dallas while growing up and also attending college in the area.

    That being said, this group really poses no threat if you are afraid of white males (5 scholarships for $500? That will get your books paid for over one semester). And clearly, the speaker needs to brush up on his recent history – Jasper, TX, anyone? He needs to also focus on the fact they are addressing the needs of poor people, not white people. You can be both.

    February 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  94. Chris

    @Nurse DougiE
    Really?
    You consider making 100k a year to be working poor? Pshhh

    February 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  95. Rich

    Funny – you go to their website, fmafe dot org, and there is no mention that you need be 25% white until you fill out the application.

    Also, you have to be enrolled in college or a high school senior. I guess they don't care about juniors so smart they can skip their senior year, or persons working yet saving money for college because they can't afford it.

    Their scholarships are very minimal. I don't think they have thought this through very well.

    February 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  96. Former Texan

    There are lots of poor white male students that could use financial aid. However, there are a lot of idiotic comments on here that don't address the lack of income, only the "it's about time, white men are tired of being discriminated against" canard.

    Clearly, the speaker should be aware of racism as he is from Texas, one of the most racist -and openly corrupt – states around. I know this from experience, living in multiple cities within 300 miles of Dallas while growing up and also attending college in the area.

    That being said, this group really poses no threat if you are afraid of white males (5 scholarships for $500? That will get your books paid for over one semester). And clearly, the speaker needs to brush up on his recent history – Jasper, TX, anyone? He needs to also focus on the fact they are addressing the needs of poor people, not white people. You can be both.

    February 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  97. Steve

    Why does CNN question as a racist someone who is just following the lead of other organizations? If another scholarship group says that this is sexist/racist, then that group is not looking at its own program through the eyes of equality.

    February 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  98. FED UP WITH THE WINERS

    I think tal all people should be treated equal. So If the black have the United Negro Funding . Why can't we have United White Funding. Turn about is fair play for ALL. You shouldn't have it one way. IF you want to be treated equal than treat others equal.

    February 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  99. Craig of Ohio

    I have a white male son in college and he would not be there if it weren't for scholarships. Should there be scholarships exclusively for white males? I have no problem with that as long as non-white students (male of female) have equal access to attend the same institutions and compete for scholarships offered for their uniqueness! Bottom line – the more money that is poured into the pool, the better off for everyone.

    February 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  100. Opinion

    Scholarship should be based on grades and achievements...period....If the two best students happen to be white..then they should get it...if they happen to be blue, yellow or red...then they should get it....also the rule about financial need i personally think is stupid...so basically a student who is financially fit gets penalized even though he/she may be the brightest student....that makes a lot of sense....lol...and no i m not rich and im not white

    February 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  101. bruce Heinemann

    oh, crusty crab... you are ignorant beyond all description!

    The "sins of the past" have not in any way, shape, or form, been "corrected". not even close.... please spare the "poor little whites boys" crap.... white boys run the world moron!

    This idiot creating this group is just a front for the KKK, make no mistake about it.... White boys have scholarship programs already... its called "the good old boy network"... and has been around since the formation of "our great, all men are created equal, except black people, who are only 75% human" country.... Scholarship foundations like all black foundations were formed and operate today, because, in spite of our "advances" there is still a very, very, powerful, racist to the core element in this country that still has sway on the political landscape that thwarts black achievement(especially in politics)... I do give you credit, however, for a nice "whitewash try" to whine and gain sympathy for all those "poor little white boys"... they're called racist white trash, and I don't think they're really all that interested in getting a real education... they just like to perpetuate the same kind of fascist racism that is part of their 400 year culture, called The Confederacy........ get it now?

    February 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  102. Rafael Reynal

    It´s fine. This group wans to help a segment of our society. Other groups want to help other segments. As long as we all help each other what could be wrong? And it is true that college education is very expensive regardless of race or gender.

    February 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
  103. Daniel C.

    Honestly I cannot disagree with this. Perhaps I am bias, not being able to
    afford college, nor being eligible for many scholarship and fitting this
    demographic. However I am very liberal and supportive of foundations to
    aid ethnic/gender groups who have suffered, as well not given equal opportunity in the past. I just do not see anything wrong with helping out worthy students, who themselves happen to be of male gender and of Caucasian race. Perhaps this guy here wouldn't be my first choice to advocate for this organization, seems a little slow but as long as no hidden agenda, and honestly just helping students in need.. how could I not agree? I will take your money please. On that, I should make sure to keep getting good grades and get back to my current homework.

    February 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  104. John Del Rosario

    What a bunch of hypocrites ! They have Negro College Fund and everybody did not say anything, pro or against their college fund. Strictly for negroes. Now somebody is thinking of a college fund for whites and all heads turn ? Give me a break !
    John Del Rosario

    February 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
  105. meiguoren11

    I applaud this. This is no more about race than any other ethnic scholarship, this is about ensuring that any person who wants to go to college, is serious about school, and can't afford tuition can go, whatever the color of his/her skin.

    I've been wondering for years when someone would do this...and I wondered how it would go over. The interview was a little calmer than I expected, but the comments have been much better. I'm so glad that (most) Americans have moved past the color/race issue.

    I for one am completely confident that the white people in America aren't going to terrorize other races.

    Education for all!

    February 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
  106. Roderick

    jeremy o. there are far more white poeple get food stamps the blacks. Get your fact in order before you open your pie hole. And I dont thing that you are black.

    February 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  107. DocSparty

    I am a university professor and over 74% of my institutions students are female. Young women have a variety of funding options available to them. However, the same cannot be said for their male counterparts. This discrepancy will eventually result in serious societal consequences once the educated female population seeks compatible spouses. Plus, such a discrepancy between educated females and non-educated males has other potentially serious social implications. India is currently facing just such a problem as its young women become highly educated while its young men remain faced with a lifetime of relatively unskilled labor. One sociologist recently stated that India has an entire generation of educated women without suitable mates.

    It's great to finally see some attention focused on an under-served demographic. Plus, why is it acceptable to have the United Negro College Fund, Grambling State, Howard, and Tuskegee? That is THE definition of racism.

    DocSparty

    February 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  108. WS

    As a man of European Ancestory I am offended by the term "white". White is a color not an ethnicity. I know my ancestory. It is German and Irish. If you want to do a scholarship for men of German American ancestory than do it. But to do it based on a color then I am sorry to say that is racist.

    If these idiots new history they would know why African-Americans do things as a general group. It is because of slavery. I know folks dont like to hear that because they dont want to face reality but that is the truth. It is because our ancestors (Europeans) created slavery and in turn kept people from knowing their ancestory. Because of the lack of ancestory it creates this universal group of "African Americans". The ability to see this is as simple as looking at recent immigrants from Africa. They follow the same type of immigration patterns as those form Germany, Ireland, etc. They form destinctive neighborhoods in our cities until a few generations pass and they merge into greater society. But the key point here is that they know their ancestory and will refer to themselves not as "African American" but as Ethiopian, Ghanian, Kenyan, etc.

    So when I see these idiots in Texas, where I live, not know their history or the history of the world and then do something for "white men" it is crazy. Go to Europe and tell an Englishman he is "white" and not "English" and see the response. Try it in France. Try it in Germany. Try it in Italy and see what your response. The response will be no I am English or French or Italian or Spainish or German.

    So please do us a favor and stop the political grandstanding about the poor "white man" in our society. I find it embarassing that these guys cant embrace their own history. A history that they know and were not deprived of.

    February 28, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
  109. AuggieDogg

    Who is this a problem for anyway? Please.

    Race-based and sex-based scholarships mutually exclude/ deny qualified and deserving white males, who are routinely blocked access, simply because of double-standard discriminatory practices by govt, banks, universities and private individuals. Grant, loans and scholarships routinely include ;;language and stipulations that specifically exclude white males, because it is popular and unchallenged.

    If the opposite was true, the media would go to DEFCON One.

    February 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  110. CJ

    @ Ron: You said, "Next up, the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Caucasian People. We have decades of "Affirmative Action" to recover from." Well Sir, we have centuries of slavery and systematic racism again anyone but whites, so get in line buddy. You people kill me with this, "The United Negro College Fund is racist too. "Oh get a clue. Do you even know what racist means? It means one particular race having the ability to form, change or deny certain life outcomes of another race. A minority in a democratic system cannot do this. The majority can and always has in America. I as a black man applaud this young man for his efforts. It is truly and American thing he is doing…standing up for what he believes in. But why do you think these all Black institutions were created? Well here’s your answer. We were not allowed to go to white schools. Heck, we weren’t even allowed to learn to read and write. We would have been killed if we were caught “book learning”. I was poor and had awesome grades in high school but never received any scholarships. I got the good ol' Pell Grant just like all the white guys I knew VA Tech and the loans just like them. But what I also got was that great Black American experience at a predominantly white school. 800 Black students at a school with 30,000 students. I had classes of 500 where I was the only Black face. I got called names and the like but an idiot is an idiot no matter where you go. Guess what? I still love my school. Some of you idiots up here don't even realize that Joshua Packwood (white guy) was the 2008 valedictorian of Morehouse College, a historically black college. Why you ask? Because Morehouse does not discriminate. He had the grades; he was a Rhodes Scholar finalist who turned down Columbia University to attend Morehouse. So people get the facts straight. It's not about reversing Affirmative Action. Its really how you feel about Black people. If you really think that 30-40 plus years of Affirmative Action has changed America, then why is it so hard to believe that 400 years of slavery, Jim Crow laws and racial segregation couldn't have changed it that much also? Wow, if you say black people complain, look in the mirror. We were crying over torn limbs, you are crying over a paper cut my friend.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  111. dcdrew8171

    This America you deny that exist that ended long ago is about as real as the garbage I've allowed myself to believe before my eye's were opened. good luck with this dysfuntional thinking in that closed space your in. This world will change with or without you period.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  112. Rick C

    I got a scholarship for being left-handed. I think private groups should be able to fund scholarships for any reason they choose. This is a free society after all, right?

    February 28, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  113. UrbanJedi

    I am an African American male.

    Initially, I expected to find much to disagree with in this story, however after listening very carefully I do not. All persons who desire higher education has a right to pursue it, regardless of ethnic background. Financial need shouldn't bar access to striving to reach your fullest potential.

    I do feel, however, that the problem of economic equality is a much broader (and thornier) subject. Let's face it – that's what we are talking about here. And while I do agree with the fact that social programs have benefited minorities, I wholly disagree that they have run their course as some suggest here.

    As a nation, we still have plenty of dialogue and healing yet to take place – I for one welcome it as long as its civil. My only hope is that we can see beyond the fear and anger, and destroy the hatred that has kept us apart for far too long.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  114. whatguy

    awesome idea, it is time that the poor of all races are represented in scholarships!

    Also, lets get rid of racial stereotypes of the past (like the young black criminal, did you know that a higher % of black males between the ages of 19 and 30 are in college than in prison? Why don't we advertise this great fact more?) and old clumsy racist programs like affirmative action. Now I know, everyone just flipped when I called the great affirmative action racist, but really, what else can I call a program that from it's design through now has told minorities that they are not as good as white men so they must have a program in place to make up for that? What kind of a racist white supremest came up with that kind of BS logic?

    February 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  115. dcdrew8171

    When I read the words to decribe a culture it tells me just how much of this dysfuntional thinking has been passed down from generation to generation, when it's good , look what we did , but when it's rough it's there fault, when you stop living the lie then mybe you'll get some understanding of your thinking and began to understand the dangers in it , and the harm of your nature, it is just this way of thinking that built the house we all must share. Laughable sad but true.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  116. Emily

    This is necessary as long as ethnicity and race are going to be used to determine who can afford college (a practice which I think should be illegal). The illegal aliens in our country have more opportunities to get scholarships than U.S. citizens who are white males. These guys' income taxes, and those of their parents, are helping to subsidize in-state tuition for illegal aliens who will then be competing with them for high-paying jobs requiring college degrees.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  117. poorWhiteMan

    I have children ranging from 33 to 22 years old. When they graduated from high school it was obvious the white male students were being looked over for scholarships. In our poor county there are thousands of scholarships for girls and minorities. There are none, zip, for the poor white male. Yes there are generic ones for anyone who applies but again there are thousands of dollars for every minority you can think of. I told a friend I wanted to start a po-white-man's scholarship to help these kids out. Interesting enough many responded by saying that the white male has had scholarships for so long that they don't need it today. I'm sorry to say this is America where everybody should have equal opportunity. If this scholarship offends you then get over it. (And yes, I sure am going to give money to them.)

    February 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  118. Robert

    Its about time someone woke-up!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  119. Mark

    The sad fact it that if you support this you will be deemed a racist . . .

    February 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  120. mc

    I am a white male who has been descriminated against when trying to get excellent job opportunities in Los Angeles. I have tried with a major utility company where they provided a test, which tested my knowledge on the subject matter for the job I was applying. I was so happy because this would definitely be a defense for the company had they hired me and a minority claimed descrimination because they could show I aced the exam. After being called back for an interview I had asked how the other applicants had done on the test, the interviewer told me that most people did not due well so they were going to disregard the test. Needless to say, I didn't get the job. With another company that provides mass transporation, I was told by a person in management that they were trying to hire hispanics and blacks. It has been tough. If you want to hire someone who had an MBA and a background in operations management, please write me at mcj1965@hotmail.com

    February 28, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  121. Pedro

    I received a full scholarship to a good university because of good grades, extracurricular activity involvement, AND my Latino background. As one who benefited financially from my ethnicity, I see no problem with this program. I think it is commendable that this group has the guts to put this program in place knowing that a lot of people will "itch and moan" about it.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  122. ATLApplePie

    I'm a well educated African American, and I don't have a problem with this. I am also pro affirmative action. I am actually impressed with this young man. His heart and his efforts seem to come from a place of his pure desire to help. He does not come across as a racist to me. All young people need help. At this point in our history, the pendulum needs to swing through all races. None of our young people need to carry the burdens of past acts alone. I consider his approach to be well thought out and fair minded. I applaud him for his efforts. I also like the fact that he is very clear and frank about the kind of support he is not seeking. Keep up your good work young man, and thank you for serving our great nation. You should feel proud. Thank you for being willing to make a real difference.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  123. W.Powers

    White People have, for a very long time, been in some sort of "coma" when it comes to standing up for our rights and doing something for our race. They need to WAKE UP!!! It has been WRONG for such a long time to let organazations like UNCF and NAACP even exist! The "landscape" is changing at an alarming rate. I can't help but wonder what kind of discrimination my own young grand children will face when they are no longer the majority. Our children and their children deserve to prosper to the fullest. Is it not evident that the orginazations that I mentioned above are trying to ensure that the same happens for "their" people? Whites should do everything possible to ensure a bright and prosporous future "their" children.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  124. Stanley

    Ummm... Why not ban ALL race and gender scholarships and merely give merit and financial need scholarships???

    February 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  125. Aditi

    If my money helps some one in need for education, I will not hesitate to write a check.I hear an honest concern, and I am all for it.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  126. Jason

    Incredibly refreshing. What's shocking to me is that opponents have the nerve to call this racist. As one of the many white men paying full price in college loans due to a lack of "applicable" loans, I think it's about time white/not-white stops translating to full-pay/low-pay. Student loans are actively ruining my life; so yes: I'm bitter!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
  127. Dorie Leland

    Finally. I have been saying it for years. We have black colleges, black college funds, and I am sure the same goes for every other race except Whites. Spell man College, black history month, MLK Day and on and on and on. I am glad this kid had the guts to stand up and not only say it but do it. The posts on this blog only goes to show that the racism in the US is pushed by the media. If they would shut up and find something news to report then race might not be a bad thing.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  128. Daniel Boyd

    I think these kind of scholarships are part of the problem he is trying to fight. The real question is this, do we want scholarships based on merit/need alone? This is the question being raised. If we want equality then we cannot be separated. From Plessy vs. Ferguson we learned that separate but equal doesn't work (courts disagreed in that case, but we proved them wrong) and from Brown vs. Board of Education that everyone deserves the same educational opportunities. Polarizing ethnic and racial divides only propagates the problem.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  129. Sal

    It's about time. First of all, Affirmative Action is a government-created form of racism that sought to help one group over another. Although this may have been POLITICALLY CORRECT, IT WAS( AND STILL IS) INHERENTLY wrong and extremely racist. This entitlement was used as a crutch by many UNDERQUALIFIED RECIPIENTS, and those who criticized it were labeled racists. In trying to create a level playing field for all, Affirmative Action did little more than cause a deeper racial divide and caused many to doubt program.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  130. truth hurts

    It is time that people realize that it honestly is impossible for a white/for better terms causasian to be proud or who they are be male or female without being labeled racist you have so many classifications of race and yes white it one, so is mexican asian and black, we have celebrations of all some with national holidays such as MLK day you have Nigro college foundation , award shows specificaly for latins, mexican, and black but just do you see anything missing of course the terrible white word that has put a unnecessary label of shame on a caucasian for being what everyone i just mentioned are proud of there race thats usually all plain and simple its others who turn it into a race issue because believe it or not you dont have to be caucasian or white to be a racist it comes in all forms white people get treated with racism as well and I believe this is a topic that never is discussed because it hides an ugly truth if you have read this far you cant deny that without lying to yourself.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  131. D Carlon

    My two older sisters were both valedictorians. Being a white male I was absolutely disgusted in the 80s & 90s to see all kinds of scholarships available to every race/sex except white males. My sisters got barely anything because they were white females.

    I can't believe the CNN news lady who did this story is not being fired & kicked in the rear right out on the street. She is a sexist idiot.

    CNN... please fire this person, she should have no right to be on news to pose the questions that she did in this interview.

    Her attitude demonstrated a clear level of hate towards all white males.

    FYI idiot... not all white males are born into money. Part of my family went through the Irish potato famine & the Dust Bowl.

    Your ignorance of and anger towards all white males, posed in the generalities of your questions, is sickening.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  132. Al

    It seems media seem to twist this thing and make it race issue.the term "WHITEONLY" is just that. obv. writer has issue with this and seem to show hatred somewhat silently. there is nothing wrong with white only asian only black only jewish only scholarships. dont put race thing in there. Even if someone argues that whole idea of this type of segregated scholarships were to aim at under previlieaged minority blacks and latinos etc but here are alto of poor whites that needs just that. so DonT even bring this up as an issue . this is not a race issue. ites perfectly fine in my view.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  133. TrackDog

    I support these guys 100%. When I applied for scholarships, the financial aid rep laughed because I am a white male. Whats good for one group is good for all groups. I wish these guys were around 12 years ago.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  134. Alex

    Oh yes I'm all for this as well we have to begin the process of redeeming
    white people from the consequences of their historic mistreatment in this country. We are on the right track, the white slavery museum is coming up on the national mall, more whites are becoming CEO's, the military finally
    lifted the ban on white men serving openly and if Obama loses reelection we will have our first white president since 2008 God Bless America.

    March 1, 2011 at 12:01 am |
  135. Erik Bagley

    Good job. I recall having a hell of a time getting any sort of money for college. My parents were not rich and I had to take out a ton of student loans for my education. No one wanted to help middle class white America out.

    March 1, 2011 at 12:03 am |
  136. Andrea

    It is sad that after all these years, this scholarship fund is necessary. It should be that all scholarship funds and schools are available to all who are deserving. Race and citizenship should not even be on the forms for scholarships. It should be based on financial need and grades.

    It is unfortunate that we as a country have not progressed beyond these issues. Yet as many have stated, it is apparent we have not. And so what we created to "fix" the problem has now become the problem. It is not unlike the over use of chemo on a cancer-free patient is it? Perhaps that is an extreme comparison, but apt none-the less.

    March 1, 2011 at 12:24 am |
  137. Andrew

    Women go to college in far greater numbers than men, and women obtain graduate degrees in far greater numbers than men. More women are attending medical school and law school than men. Males are a minority in the halls of academia yet there are many who feel women still need that advantage because of the sins of generations past. White males born in the past generation or so have no more advantages than any other group, to deny them access to scholarships and opportunities because of the sins that may or may not have been committed by their ancestors is sickening. Unlike our ancestors, we know that denying opportunity based on gender or race is wrong. Yet there are those who have that hindsight and knowledge who now wish to do it to white males, which makes them far worse than the generations past who they eagerly criticize.

    March 1, 2011 at 12:35 am |
  138. JP

    I am a white male trying to finish my degree. On campus, there is a huge 3-ring binder with scholarships in it. There are scholarships for Native Americans, for African-American (several actually), women, women of color, first-generation Americans (i.e. anchor babies), but NOT one for a white male. I received a 6500.00 Pell Grant and this year I received a financial needs grant of $552.00 for the year. My income for 2010 was 9300.00. You want to tell me how I am suppose to pay for school on that?

    I have to work 3 jobs and still not sure how I am going to pay for each quarter. You want to call me a bigot or a racists, fine....but it is time I got my share of the scholarship pool.

    March 1, 2011 at 12:46 am |
  139. Kristine

    It's about time these groups start paying more attention to White people! White people deserve an education too! I am sick and tired of getting turned down for financial aid because I am not an illeagal, black, hispanic or asian! EVERYONE DESERVES FINANCIAL AID!!! there is noting racist about this and I hope they will get the donations to start this. The White race is the minority now.

    March 1, 2011 at 1:04 am |
  140. GB

    THANK YOU! I have been saying this for years, I'm so sick of the double standard in today's America. I feel for minority groups and I'm sorry for the slavery that African Americans and other races went through in America, but that was not my fault and I shouldn't be punished based on my skin color either. I don't care about political correctness I just want an education and this is a great step to achieve that goal for under privileged people who just happen to be born a White Male. Keep up the good work! It looks like you have everyone's support!

    March 1, 2011 at 1:13 am |
  141. Tevii

    As long as there as scholarships split up into every other category, this is not an issue.
    The fact that this is being made an issue shows just how little whites can do without being labeled racist. Every other ethnicity can have scholarships, but whites cant without being racist. Proves how far this country has fallen. How racist has this country become against whites in order to not be racist against anyone else? That is NOT equality.
    Eliminate all categories or allow this without issue. Equality is equality
    .

    March 1, 2011 at 1:26 am |
  142. Ricky

    To: Al Williams
    Re: "This young man appears to be very angry..."

    Hello Al,

    I think he may be more frustrated than anything else. I can remember when I was looking into financial assistance for college and I actually had a professor tell me that if I were anything but a white male I could get assistance but because of my skin, I was not eligible for anything.

    I can understand the reasoning and good intentions behind affirmative action and similar plans. For decades (AND centuries) in the country, minorities were gravely mistreated and robbed of opportunities. But should we hold the sons and daughters guilty for the sins of the fathers? Also, what if "the fathers" had nothing to do with the oppression (both of my parents are from Europe!)

    It's a touchy subject and there is no easy answer.

    March 1, 2011 at 1:36 am |
  143. Steve

    This sounds like a good idea but they should probably limit it to people who are at least 50% Caucasian. If 3 of 4 of your grandparents are African-American, and one is white, you would qualify for the UNCF and other similar scholarships.
    I, for one, hate when people assume that you have money just because you are white. They should take a tour of much of the South & Appalachia.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:20 am |
  144. SS

    Being an Asian myself, I don't see anything wrong with this at all. Lot of times the minority scholarships go to kids of minority who are really well off and don't really need it. How many black kids from ghettos really even finish high school to make use any scholarships that may be available to them. Its usually Asians, Latinos who make use of these and frankly lot of the Asian kids don't really need them as their parents are usually well off. It's true 40 years ago, blacks and may be other minorities were discriminated from getting even college admissions let alone scholarships, but things have changed a lot and its time we have a level playing ground.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:05 am |
  145. Richard

    Wow, unbelievable the amount of support the idea for this scholarship has received. But, I almost forgot how caucasians in this country are so discriminated against and in such alarming rates.

    As I watched the Oscars last night I felt so bad because caucasians were hardly represented, also as I watch tv I often wonder where are all the caucasians??? Where are they hiding them??? What about the college campuses of Cambridge, Princeton, Yale, Harvard, hardly any whites what is going on?? Not to mention the heads of most corporations in America, c'mon caucasians where are you??? Trying to find any caucasians in America today is like trying to find Waldo. Just saying...

    March 1, 2011 at 4:15 am |
  146. aaron

    How could any one see this as racist? They are not taking money from white supremecy groups. If this is racist then what is the NAACP?

    March 1, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  147. James

    Does anyone check to see if the Scholarships for Minorities are given to people whose ancestors were slaves in this Country or were discriminated against because of race?

    March 1, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  148. Rick

    I sat with a financial aid officer at a local college and tried to find scholarships and grants so I could attend college. We found pretty much nothing at all simply because I was born a white male. If I was African American, Hispanic, a single mom, Native American or countless other so called minorities there were dozens of scholarships available but none for me because I was white. How is that fair? Am I supposed to have plenty of money (and according to Richard win an Oscar) because of my light skin? I'm poor and just being light skinned doesn't get me high paying jobs, trust me on this.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  149. Kevin

    Bout time!!! Now all we need in white history month, white entertainment television and whites only colleges and about 10,000 roads named Abraham Lincoln Blvd.......

    March 1, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  150. steve

    Very interesting. I see that racism is far from dead in America even after 50 years of quotas and civil rights laws. Although, its seems to be in "reverse" these days. I think the Texas kid has some intestinal fortitude. Refreshing to see these days in our "silly politcially correct" world. Can't say he is racist when 96% of African-Americans (no place in America for hyphenated people. You are American or not) voted for the candidate who had the darkest skin. I wish there had been three African Americans running for President. Bet that would have jammed things up.
    Bottom line. The young man has as much right to have his exclusive group as do blacks, hispanics, Muslims or anybody else. Remembers, dont punish todays kids for the sins of their fathers.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  151. Andrea

    Caucasions are the minority now – take a look around. There are so many programs for this minority and/or tthat minority. The caucasions seem no longer to exist.

    March 1, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  152. Dennison

    There's no reason for this to even be newsworthy. This guy is just trying to ruffle feathers I think. I also don't believe for one minute that he actually thinks that white males are somehow hurting or at a disadvantage. That is just not happening nor will it ever happen!

    March 1, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  153. kyrunner

    Hooray! It's about time the real minority has been noticed. What about limiting to the white male? The 30-50 yrs. ago comment left out mentioning women could enter and participate at a YMCA but a male was not allowed to be at a YWCA. NO gender bias there! Insurance rates are always less costly for the females. My daughter was involved in two auto accidents before she was 20 yrs old (grateful no one was seriously injured) . Her premium was still considerably less than her brother's, who is only three yrs older and no accidents or violations! NO GENDER BIAS! The equal rights policy has quoted standards for the percentages of the mix of white males to other groups for hiring,education , scholarships . The consideration of test scores and levels is usually down the list of priorities. The U.S. is truly a land of opportunity , but this has always leaned to whomever shouted BIAS, or Discrimination the loudest without considering everyone.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  154. Harvey wallbanger

    The guy has a right to spend his money however he wants. What I don't understand is why this has any news value.

    I was once awarded a scholarship only to have it taken away because I am not black. When asked why, I was told the person who donated the money had made this a condition for the award. Again, it was this person's right to dictate how the money was to be used.

    And I agree with that premise.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  155. Black & White

    Oh no, I see it now.
    A paycheck for the Reverends Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton.

    The day of free land and a mule has expired, the main players are all dead. Reverse discrimination is obvious. abolish black history month, black Miss USA, BET just to name a few things, then we can talk about racism in todays sociality unjust world.
    I for one will apply for the $500.00

    March 1, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  156. Garrett

    I do not see the problem at all. There are plenty of scholarships that are specifically created for different types of races. Blacks get them from certain organizations, so why can't Whites? Black people need help sometimes and so do Whites. I am also angry at the fact that whenever White people try to, in a way, create a distance from the other races, Blacks and other minority groups begin to call it segration, and racists. But what does BET stand for? Black Entertainment Television. That seems to be an attempt to segragate.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  157. George

    Financial aid should be given on the basis of merit. When that happens, as in the case of graduate schools in sciences and engineering, neither whites not blacks benefit! So, white people and black people want preferential treatment!

    March 1, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  158. Lynn

    I see nothing wrong with this.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:47 am |
  159. Carlos Adrian

    Here are the facts, 70% of all receiptients of private grants in the United States are white, non-hispanic..in addition only 7.6% have family income less than $20,000. The perception that you need to poor and non-white to receive a private grant is 100% false.
    btw...I'm all for student access, we need more scholarships, so I agree 100% with the creation of the new scholarship, my only issue is the premise of it's formulation, the segment being somehow forgotten

    March 1, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  160. Tom James

    There's no problem with offering a "white only" scholarship. The problem is 80% of all the scholarships already go to WHITE PEOPLE! Another reason why we don't need "white history month." 95% of all history is white people! White history month is every month!

    This new white scholarship was only created to shine light on the few minority scholarships. "They have it so we should have it."

    Well, scholarships or not, be thankful you're white and you can get a job in any company in the United States after graduating. Most companies in the U.S. will not promote minorities. They could graduate from Harvard, but they will still have a ceiling how high they can go. The white man can rise to the top of any company in the U.S. if he does what he has to. Don't believe it? Google the 50 biggest companies in the United States and look up the top 10 people in each company. Don't be surprised to see minorities making up 1% or less....

    You can make ALL scholarships "white only" but give minorities "REAL" equal opportunity in every company in the U.S.. Minorities will take that trade off any day!

    Why don't we setup a fund to get more blacks into college basketball and into the NBA? For the same reason a white scholarship makes no sense....

    Too many white people are afraid they're going to lose their 90% grip on everything in this country. Just face it, you are. Be thankful you still control at least 80%....

    March 1, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  161. Dennison

    I agree 1000% with Tom James. I couldn't have said it better myself.

    March 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  162. eran pierce

    kudos ! It's about time that someone recognized the real effects of the discrimination ( or reverse discrimination ,do to current preferential policies ), that has been foisted upon white males. The "politcally correct " group will say ' it's their turn ' or ' now the shoe is on the other foot ' , as if there is a justification for discrimination.

    March 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  163. Karol

    Its about TIME!!! The blacks have special funds, organizations and on and on. ONLY the WHITE do not !! Its about time we stand up and do what they do. REVERSE DISCIMINATION HAS GOT TO STOP !

    March 1, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  164. P. Fitzpatrick

    This is just a non-profit that's helping a part of the population in need. Theres never any problem with the work the NAACP does (I'm not complaining either). Equal Rights!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  165. Eric

    This is great. Why can't white males have a scholarship? Blacks and other ethnicities have their scholarships, why can't whites have theirs?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  166. Matthew

    either this is not racist at all and in line with other targeted scholarships of its kind

    OR

    it is as racist and pointless as a other targeted scholarships, currently accepted as not racist, of its kind

    so you can't have it both ways....

    March 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  167. Taylor Metzger

    I had an epiphany a few months ago about this very scholarship. There is absolutley nothing wrong with it. There are plenty of scholarships for many other races and genders. Anyone with an issue needs to get over it. Simple.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  168. Conrad

    If it's ok to have black only scholarships, or even female only, or any exclusive form of scholarship, then by turn of the coin, it's GOT to be ok for white only scholarships. As much as I hate the idea of all these exclusive scholarships ... if you say it's ok to allow it for one group, you HAVE to allow other groups the exact same options. Anything else truly is hypocritical.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  169. Brandon G

    Its funny to think that Only male scholarships to be discrimatory WHEN THERE ARE OTHER scholarships FOR ONLY BLACKS, AND ONLY WOMAN WITH BABYS!!!! SO WHY ALL THE FUSS??? I really dont get it.. So because I am MALE, With No children, I cant get help?... That policy all in it self sounds discrimatory... DONT YOU THINK??
    This needs to be discused on Saterday night Live, On the REALLY? part of the show... Because REALLY, we need less males who happen to be white in the work force?? REALLY?...

    March 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  170. BigMac

    Ok, 1st lets dispel some myths. There are no such thing as ALL black colleges. The colleges your are referring to are called Historically Black Colleges. They have white/non-black enrollment on par with many of the mainstream university population of blacks. 2nd, there are already white only scholarships available, there are many all-white ethnicitys that have there own scholarships.

    But as a black man, I think this is good idea. Now, white men (who claim to be underrepresented, which is whole-heartedly untrue), can stop complaining. It's a private group, so let them. Makes no difference to me. They are going to run into a host of issues. Like what is considered white? What about biracial men?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  171. Lin

    This is NOT racist, no more than the minority only scholarship efforts. These specifici scholarships are not helping those becuz of their race, ethnicity or other ...it is helping those within these populations that need FINANCIAL help. It is all about that. The reason it was offered to minority's because a large majority of whites were also a large majority of college graduates who were financially better off. Working for a fortune 500 for special rights groups... there was a new group called the "leftout white minority men alliance:. They added to the other alliance groups that were part of the corporation. Black Alliance, GAY Alliance, Latinos Alliances and now – this new. It was odd because the other Alliances was created to help the insensitivity and the disparity of these groups in the work place to promotions and recognitions.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  172. Scott

    It is only fair to have scholarships available for all races. But why only males. It seems more sexist than racist and I am a male.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  173. Bob

    If we can't have this, then we should abolish all restrictive scholarships and make them all inclusive. Anything less is just as racist.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  174. Rebecca

    We have scholarships for all other races, why not the white race? Some think we are taking steps backwards, I think we are just keeping it fair. As a white female there is not a single scholarship I qualify for, change my race to black and my options become wide open.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  175. Brian

    I dont see anything wrong with this. If this is private money it should be used however they feel they want to use it. I truly believe that affirmative action has ran its course and needs to be abolished.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  176. John Asian

    I'm an Asian American and I see nothing wrong with having a scholarship for poor white males.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  177. Tim Villnave

    Why Not? There are scholarships exclusively for every being except for the white male!!!!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  178. Greg

    I see no problem in the white-only scholarship if it has no racist movement. Im a gay african-american male and have received scholarships for all three of those categories.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  179. Don Wilson

    THIS IS PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE !! If this "white only" scholarship is not acceptable, then the Black Scholarships, Hispanic Scholarships, Low Income Scholarship and any other specific group would have to be unacceptable. So either we abolish ANY and ALL specific group scholarships or none of them!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  180. Brandon

    It's about time! I live in a melting pot of cultures, and I've never heard of a white-male scholarship. Many people feel that the minorities should get special treatment, but having a white scholarship is wrong? Please. Where I live, the white people ARE the minority!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  181. M. Fernandez

    I support ANY scholarship fund, black, white, whatever....The U.S. is LOSING it's place in the world because of lack of education in our young MEN!!!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  182. C.Harper

    I think its a great idea and I think ever one should feel free to do the same.If I was going to college I was call them first.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  183. Richard B

    I think its a great idea there are multiple programs and scholarships to help every other race u can name its about time someone steps up and takes on the negative publicly that everyone is scared of on this touchy subject. I think its great and ppl saying were going back 50 years then maybe they should eliminate all of the other racial scholarships

    March 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  184. Mrs. Scott

    As a 31 year old black woman, I see nothing wrong with there being a white-male only scholarship fund. Why not? There are scholarships for Hispanics/Blacks/Latinos/Females/Sports Players etc. This, in no way, is hurting me. Everyone should have the chance to attend college or university.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  185. Donald Perrin

    I think it's a great idea, it's about time someone thought about the plight of the less fortunate white population. It's always about the minorities and the whites will soon be there!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  186. Tony

    It doesn't matter whether these white people have these scholarships or not because they get the majority of money for college anyway.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  187. Jeff

    If all races and both sexes are equal under the law, then how can it possibly be legally justified to allow scholarships for some race/sex groupings but not others? If it's allowed for black females, then of course it should be allowed for white males. Doing otherwise would be blatantly discriminatory.

    Jeff
    Denver, CO

    March 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  188. Katrina

    Herein lies the dilemma, or a social cost of affirmative action. In our efforts to improve society, we have left behind a segment of society, here, poor white males. Yes, they are males. Yes, they are white. However, they are poor. It is a mistake to assume that all white males are afforded the same opportunity. Socio-economic factors should also play a role in affirmative action. Why hold back one segment of society in our concerted effort to move forward?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  189. Glen McD Atlanta

    As a a black male, I have always been able to do very well in school without any racially-based scholarships. I usually perform way above the typical student of any race. So I dont need or want any "blacks only" scholarship. Since whites generally have advantages like old-boys network etc, I wonder why this gentleman thinks this white-male-only scholarship is necessary. I woudl liek to hear his argument outlining why he thinks this group has been deprived of advantages in some way.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  190. Jen West

    Why is it ok for blacks & hispanics even asians to have their own scholarship programs but when its for white males only it becomes an issue. Lets move on & stop bringing up the past, you werent there, it didnt happen to you get over it.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  191. Rick

    Has anyone ever heard of the "United Negro College Fund".
    How can you be against a fund to help poor white males when other organizations exist?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  192. Padraic

    There are many other kinds of scholarships that, you cannot file for if you are a white male, there is nothing wrong with this, i think it is great. There are scholarships for every other race and ethnicity, why not white?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  193. dave

    hahaha it WOULD be in texas, i cant step foot in that state without getting harassed by white people

    March 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  194. Donnelly

    I think that starting this program for scholarships for white males is amazing. Its is fair for it to be only white males because other races and genders have other means of scholarships. Another reason this is a great idea it because it will help our future generations to be able to receive higher education. In order to achieve higher education is going to be a struggle for future students if Congress and the Senate make cuts to the student loans (which may students including myself use to go to college). Having another scholarship program for people is a plus and another way to help afford the high prices for higher education.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  195. M.L. Romero

    I don't see anything wrong with it, there are scholarships for minorities and there are women only scholarships, so why not all white male scholarships?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  196. Jessica

    Great its about time to give something to the white male.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  197. Rose

    There see absolutely nothing wrong with this idea. I am black and we get help that is specifically targeted for us all the time. There are more important issues to be concerned about.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  198. E.Thomas

    More than anything I would want to know what the requirements are. In my mind, scholarships are supposed to go to either deserving individuals based on their achievements or to (typically) individuals who have historically been under-represented. Just being white and male should not be the only requirements.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  199. J. Jackson

    My only question with this idea is that there are mixed-raced people who may be excluded. I'm white/black and I don't know if I qualify. I want to know what percentage is their cut-off.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  200. Denny

    I think this is only fair. We already have black only scholarships, all black TV, all black miss America and the list goes on and on. It is time thew white people finally stood up against white discrimination. This has been going on since comp-anies were told they had to hire les qualified people because they were black. Time to stand up and be counted.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  201. s datta

    I support the white male only scholorship. I'm an Asian Indian, so I have no horse in this race. This should not be labelled as reacist. Do the people who have a problem with this complain against scholarships for blacks or hispanics. Do they have a problem with BET (a channel for blacks as the name implies).

    March 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  202. Judie

    I see nothing wrong with this. There are many scholarships for different races or members of specific groups, like children of union members or children of the employees of certain companies, as well as members of one race or another. White males have been neglected for years, and it is time that they are giving the same chances for an education as other groups. Not all white families can afford to send the children to college.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  203. Brian in Va

    I would normally be appalled by such a move, but there are scholarship programs for almost every other ethnicity...so why not? You can't lift others by exclusion. I know that designating anything for 'white' people conveys a negative image and beckons to the days of open racism, but I don't think that's what this is about – it addresses a large segment of the population who may need help and don't 'qualify' for most scho;larship programs because they don't belong to a recongized ethnic group or have other factors that are normally supported – it's fair play. Help for school should be open to all people.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  204. Guy Mez

    Bravo for this non-profit! Perhaps it's not just me seeing the injustice of reverse discrimination in the US. I am by no means a racist and perhaps reverse discrimination was necessary 40 years ago. But it truly has no place in the US today. Maybe this non-profit is the first step in equalizing the benefits that ALL Americans deserve.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  205. Eric

    There is nothing wrong with this, I am a white male getting ready to go off to college in the next year, when I search for scholorships, all I find are "need based" or "minority advancement" scholorships. I can't apply for many of these because I'm not a minority, or because I'm not "in need"

    March 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  206. Stephanie

    The scholarship is from a private group, no government money involved so he should be able to set qualifications as he sees fit. I'm glad he set a 3.0 GPA requirement. When I returned to school I couldn't find one scholarship I qualified for, I already had a BA, I'm white, no kids, 3rd generation college graduate.... income didn't matter. So I had to work two jobs to pay my way through. I asked some people years ago if they thought it would be discrimination if someone offered a scholarship for white female college graduates without children, everyone said yes. Go figure, it's okay to discriminate against me but not others... I don't understand the logic. A better story would be why the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has such low entrance standards... a State Rep wants to keep requirements low because if they raised requirements they university might close because most local students require remedial courses several times.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  207. josh

    Just because they are doing a nice thing, it doesn't justify them to discriminate against other races. Are there really only white males who are in need of financial assistance? or no, there are males from other races who are talented and deserved to be helped financially! The society has to learn to oppose discrimination in any form, even when it comes to financial assistance and charities.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  208. Bryan

    This is the only scholarship program that I haven't found. There are programs out there for every race and gender "now". It's about time.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  209. Jim

    There are black only high schools, colleges, and scholarships; some with public funds. Why not have non-profit scholarship programs for white-only men? I am for it.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  210. justin iowa

    As a white male, I do not qualify for a Hispanic scholarship, nor will the united negro college fund accept my application. Why should the youth of today continue paying for the past? White people are being discriminated against on a regular basis, but because we are white, it is not considered racism. I say congratulations!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  211. Ron in WA

    Nothing wrong with this idea – private organizations should be able to help whoever they think needs help. Poor people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender who have the potential to contribute at a higgher level should be allowed the opportunity – it is good to see someone willing to help them.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  212. R. Hunt

    This should be a no brainer, and there is a simple litmus test for the answer: Are there other scholarships allowed that are ethnically regulated? If so, then there is nothing wrong with this scholarship. If not, then this scholarship should not be allowed. Grandma used to say: What's good for the goose, is good for the gander.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  213. L Neill

    I understand that many scholarships go to whites now, but that is also relative to the demographics. That number has dropped in past 20 years as the demograhics have dropped (white as compared to non-white). It will continue to close going forward as well.
    The fact that a group has stepped up is long overdue and should be applauded.
    My only question is the NAME - "The Former Majority etc".
    That sort of tells me that they are sending a message of some sort, though they they say not.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  214. Bennett Hunter (from Canada)

    I am disgusted in the fact that some people have a problem with those who are finally stepping up to help the true "forgotten souls" of modern western societies...any white male that is not of the baby boomer generation.
    While every other demographic or minority has been being propped up and helped in every way possible...it is the younger white males that have been completely left out in the cold....and I applaud anyone that is willing to not only bring that to light,but is willing to step up to the plate and do something about it.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  215. Rick

    Christinia, as usual you are sensationalizing a steering up a story where no story exists. There are all kinds of scholarships exclusively for blacks. There are charter schools in Atlanta and Washington DC for blacks only. You keep failing to report that this scholarship requires you to be 25% white, that means almost any person in the US can qualify. Most blacks in the US have some white blood in their veins. So why don't you report the whole story, and not the racists aspects. Oh, there isn't a story there is there?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  216. Von

    I am a Black male and do not see anything wrong with the white male shcolarship, there are many minority only shcolarships that are offered every year, so I see no harm.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  217. Jim Cole

    I wa born Canadian of Canadian parents of Irish/English decent. I live in Toronto (probably the world's most multicultural city). I can go outside and hear every language but English (great city for restaurants).
    WASP Males are very definitely being left behind in every aspect. Even in Toronto, the ONLY criminal racial profiling that is allowed, is on caucasian males.
    To offer a scholarship to this demopgraphic is as sane as any other. Kudos to them. Anyone that thinks different is being unjustly biased and highly hypocritical.
    Enjoy your day,
    Jim C.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  218. Danny

    At first I liked the idea until I heard that its open to males that are only 25% white. That makes no sense because somebody that is 25% white will have ample scholarship opportunities as a member of another race.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  219. Norman

    I graduated high school in 2006, and I recall the search for financial aid pretty well. If you are a healthy, non-athletic, non-secular white male there really aren't any options open for you. I found it frustrating that there were so many options available to other people simply because of their ethnic background. I don't support any praising of any ethnicity because that's what breeds ethnocentric behavior. I don't really support this idea either because it's no different, but it is nice to see that some people may not get denied financial aid because they're not religious, an athlete or a minority.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  220. Jeff Ferris

    Not a problem at all... So many groups out there have advantages this day and age. Granted in our history minorities have been treated un- fairly. But today in our moving forward and establishing an equality among races it has also unfortunately paved the way for white people to be a target in so many ways. I think this is ok and should not be subject to the debate it's receiving. If this should not be aloud, none of them should.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  221. Flowers, Gerry

    Hi folks....this seems to me to be a legitimate scholarship. We must realize that role models for children, White, Black, Hispanic, French, English, Cajun, of American descent, whatever it may be, need to be educated. There are already scholarships, magazines, support groups for all races and ethnic groups.

    wonder why it is, if a poor white man needs help to go to school and start that process, that the group chooses that chooses to key on this part of society is in any kind of a controversy or under any scrutiny. Look at all the other examples that are socially acceptable. There appears to be no issues on the surface and the group says it accepts no money from any White Supremacist groups. Have at it.

    You may find that groups representing other ethnic groups that already have this sort of thing in place will be the ones asking the questions.

    Gerry Flowers,
    Whiterock, B.C.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  222. Bruce

    Nothing wrong with them specifying gender and race qualifications for their scholarships if we allow others to do the same. People rarely offer scholarships without qualifiers....where you live, where you are going to college, what your course of study will be, what your GPA has been, etc.
    It doesn't appear their intent is to "discriminate".

    March 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  223. Tod

    All I have to say is, it is about time! It is also not true that 80% of all scholarships go to white people. It also depends on GPA(grade point average). So, if all those other than white cannot obtain and keep a GPA necessary to get the scholarships then why complain. Scholarships are based on performance typically, and how the person conducts themselves based on a short essay. Accomplishments also play a role in scholarships.
    So much money is spent to "create" minority positions that only minorities can apply for. I see this at the university, this is not fair and is racist. People should be selected for jobs based on their abilities, not because of their color or race. Do not try to tell me that we have to reserve positions for those that do not perform as well as someone else just because they are a different race. This leads to ENTITLEMENT thinking. I believe in rewards for those who work hard...period, no matter what color or race they are.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  224. Kevin

    I so love this! It's about time someone had the guts to do this! So let me cite one example of the reverse racism happening here if the White Male Scholarship is not allowed:

    There is allowed :UNCF (United Negro College Fund) hmmmmm need to be a Negro (african American, black, whatever is deemed politically correct now adays). Can't be caucasian and qualify.

    So allow them both or none I say. Personally I think NONE! EVERYONE SHOULD BE EQUAL! Come on this is 2011 people... I dont care if you glowed purple! EVERYONE needs to have the SAME opportunity: Good grades? Scholarship! Great athelete? Scholarship! Great Art? Scholarship! I think my points been made. KEY to this working is it all eventually revolves around one specific thing. YOUR GRADES! I don't care if you are Picasso, Mickey Mantle or the President's Daughter! If you do not maintain the grades your out on yer arse and someone else then gets that scholarship.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  225. Richard Downey

    I think it's a great idea. White boys are just as deserving as any other ethnic group.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  226. Guy Minto

    I believe it is a great idea, and a great step moving forward. As long as the motive is towards giving opportunities to young white males who don't have the mean to go to school I'm all for it. I'm an African American male and there are tons of scholarships out there for us, and it is only fair for every race to have the same options despite America's history. Believe or not there are also white people who are living in poverty, it is not only "minorities".

    March 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  227. Valerie Dragoon

    Yesterday I was insulted by Christine when she asked something to the effect " scholarships today are targeting those who didn't have college opportunities like that of white males 30 years ago". The guest replied "well I wasn't born 30 years ago so I can't say but, ...."

    WELL , I WAS BORN 30 YEARS AGO AND CRISTINE NEEDS TO KNOW WHERE I CAME FROM YOUNG WHITE MALES WHO WERE NOT AFFLUENT AND COULDN'T GO TO COLLEGE ENDED GETTING DRAFTED AND GOING TO VIETNAM! FIFTY PERCENT OF THEM CAME HOME IN BODY BAGS AND THE OTHER 50% CAME HOME WITH THE HAUNTING MEMORY OF IT! IT'S NO DIFFERENT TODAY!!!!!! THINK ABOUT THE QUESTIONS YOU ASK BEFORE YOU ASK THEM. YOU HUMILIATE YOURSELF AND THE COUNTRY!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  228. vette

    I am an American and I am of color (african american, black etc...). I think this is great! Why is it not ok to encourage, support, provide for and education young white kids, interested in getting an education? This in my opinion is not a racial issue. I don't quite understand the rationale that says it is racist to establish an organization for a group of Americans. Black people have scholorships for their own racial peers, men for men, women for women and even homosexuals, and hispanics, the italians, jews, islam, and so on, and so on... Give me a break, great step to encourage and support our youth!!!!!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  229. Kelly

    I don't think that there is anything wrong with this. When I was applying there are countless scholarships for exclusively african american males and no one seems to have a problem with that. So why is this any different?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  230. Samuel

    I see nothing wrong with it as long as their focus is giving poor white males the same chance that many other less fortunate groups are afforded though other programs. If they only promote that and not exclusion due to racism and other differences, do not take money from racist and negative groups I see nothing wrong with it. If people think that supporting a white mind is racist then them must take a look at all of the other programs for other races and such. A white mind is a wonderful thing to save just as any other mind in this world is.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  231. James

    this practice is nothing new to blacks whites have always been given a free ride here n america. It has always been some form of whites only club we were not allowed in have we forgot who world this is whiteman will always make life easier for his own

    March 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  232. Rob

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, in fact this shouldn't even be on the news. People get grants and scholarships for all different reasons. There is no reason to take this as racism in any way. For those of you who think all whites control this country, the fact is that the top 4% of people account for roughly 80% of the wealth. People all over the country are struggling right now and anyone who wants to help out should be welcomed.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  233. bill from mich

    why should scholarships be given to to everyone but the whites were held responsible for every thing that goes wrong in this country i think whites deserve the rights for help just as much as any one else .

    March 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  234. Rick Lasher

    I like the Idea of an all white scholarship. I have search the internet for the past few yrs and if your not a minority there are none available to you.At least ones that a working male like myself are able to get.I actually quit school just because i cant afford to pay a mortgage and finance school.Its like your punished for doing the right thing. Good job maybe we can get more companies to take a look at this program and get more out there.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  235. Brian

    All sorts of scholarships, for ethnicity, gender, etc. Heaven forbid there is a scholarship for white males...

    March 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  236. daniel gallien

    Tom James, get over yourself. There is nothing wrong with this scholarship fund. I am a young white male and I have to go through the military just so that I can pay for college. A good friend of mine who is black is getting almost all of his school paid for because he is black. HOW IS THAT FAIR? It's about time that we white males get some help by supporting one another.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  237. Tilly

    I understand that some may think it is going back 50 years but there are scholarships offered specifically to hispanics, african-americans, jewish, catholics, left handed, disabled, and twins or multiples, why not whites only? Wouldn't it be great if todays youth could graduate college virtually debt free!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  238. John Kaszyc-Rank

    All scholarships should be available to all students who have demonstrated a willingness and desire to learn. Fifty years of court ordered reverse discrimination is enough, it cannot go on forever.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  239. Lorri

    Why are so many people so angry about this? People! Get a grip! The bottom line is that ALL scholarship money is designated in one way or another for specific uses. This guarantees that the money is put to use as it was intended by the creators of the scholarship itself. And anyone who believes that all white males are wealthy – or their families are wealthy – or that they are handed all of the "advantages" in life needs to take a good look around. I've been married twice and believe me, neither of my husbands came from wealth, and both had to work very hard to find scholarships that would help them get into and through college. I think this is a terrific idea whose time has come. Open your hearts and your minds and realize that assistance needs to be given to all...preferably on the basis of need.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  240. Jerry Shead

    This would not even be a discossionif if it was a black person doing the same thing. Do you thank something is wrong with this?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  241. brt

    I just finished getting acceptance letters from the University of Arizona, Georgia Tech, M.I.T., and Michigan State University; all have scholarships for every race you can think of, except Indian for some odd reason. White women and Native Americans have scholarships as well, but none have any sort of scholarship for white males.

    There are scholarships that white males can get that everyone else can get independent of race or sex, but there is nothing specifically for white males. Anyone who says white men get all the scholarships is simply a bigot. One scholarship in the entire country out of thousands of scholarships and there are people upset about it? Well, those people don't live in reality; those people like to blame every problem or situation they screw up on racism because they are too cowardly and weak to accept responsibility for their own actions, those people are uneducated and ignorant people whoever they are whatever their skin color, whatever their race.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  242. rach23

    A sad state of affairs for a once great nation! Those "other" scholarships were put in place because they were needed due to discrimination in this country. Now, I will be the first to say, most of them need to be done away with because things are so much better now and most people have equal oppurtunity to achieve. But, with that said, it's a huge mistake to start doing things like this because all it does is drive a wedge between people. How about we give scholarships based on merit and need not race or gender! What a novel Idea! Besides, I don't believe for one second these "gentlemen" are giving these scholarships to help poor deprived white males. I think this is a sad attempt at being political, like most of the ignorant crap going on in our country these days.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  243. Jimmy

    @JPatton – Your an idiot, how does this take our country back 50 years. It is a privately funded organization that wants to help out, and I quote "poor white kids." What was that, poor white kids who can't afford to go to college and went to a public school system with terrible schools. How about the NAACP, they offer scholarships to only blacks. I can'tget one of those, so does that put me at a disadvantage, yes. It's not a bad thing, just because everyone can't apply for the scholarship doesn't send the country back 50 years. Thats like saying a smart asian can't apply for a scholarship because his parents make too much money.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  244. Leslie

    Great. We have scholarships for native-americans, NAACP, VETS, children of VETS, left-handers, etc. Key to a job right now is re-training. There are thousands of people of middle age who are not ready to retire but must learn a new skill. There needs to be something for the average person whose only circumstance is that they are a victim of the 21st century.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  245. Bout Time

    I think it's a great idea. For too long there have been special organizations and scholarships for blacks only. Why is that ok, but a scholarship for whites only is not ok?

    If Blacks want to be looked upon for the strength of their character and not for the color of their skin(which of course they should be), they need to realize that all these special "black only" things just hurt their message and tend to divide the races.

    Blacks need to stop feeling sorry for themselves and asking for sympathy, it's getting really old. We have a Black president for crying out loud, this more than anything says that the color of your skin doesn't matter anymore, what does matter is your character and work ethic. It's time to "get over" the past and move forward.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  246. Allen H.

    I think Colby Bohannon made a great point in stating they do not promote or accept fundinf from racial groups or people. Like others have said, there are other school that have the same type of rules for their schools, such as the Christian only schools, Hispanic only schools, and African american schools. Why is it ok for them but when the Cacuasions do something like this it promotes racism?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  247. Jim

    As many have said, IT IS ABOUT TIME! This is 2011, years past the troubles of the 60's.

    To move forward in our society we must look forward. It is ok to look back now and then, but not everytime you do not like something.

    Congrats to all the boys/men that are lucky enough to get this scholarship, work hard and help make this a better country,

    Jim

    March 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  248. Charles B.

    I'm a person in his mid 60's and have see many things happen over my years. I feel the way the economy is today and how hard it is for the middle class and below to have the money to send their child to college. They don't have big bank accounts like the upper class and of course those in the high US Government jobs, yes Senators, Congressman and the like. So I say go for this, why should the middle and lower class whites have to take a loan, when they have bills up to their neck and beyond. We are not back in the50's and 60's, this is the 2011 and don't look back at what happen then. Wake up American and help this White-Only Scholarship fund out today, don't wait until later. EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT!!!!!!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  249. Jaggerian Times

    The fact of the matter is, white males are a minority demographic (35 – 37%) we can not deny such benefits that were given to other minorities, just because that this minority was once in the majority should not be a factor. Secondly, even if we ignore the minority classification, the idea that it is okay to give minority or ethnic group X a scholarship simply because of their minority/ethnicity but not white males is not equality. Double standards are the enemy of equality. That is why segregation was destroyed in the 1950s. Either remove all scholarships that are awarded specifically because of race or allow schools to continue to create scholarships based solely on race and allow ALL races to be awarded scholarships of that nature. There should not be any middle ground.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  250. Ben

    I have zero problem with this; all i would ad is isnt it time that we got rid of all these types of scholarships and make them performance driven instead. That would seem to me to be stepping in the right direction and help to bring us all together as American's instead of mexican Americans or Africa Americans ect.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  251. Beverly

    As a white widow I struggle to pay for my son to attend college while I watch other races attend on grants and scholarships that my son is unable to access. Hardly seems fair. Kudos! It's about time.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  252. Loki

    only need to be 25% white–does not seem to be very racist–could you be 75% white and get $$ from United Negro College Fund?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  253. Herbie

    There are scholarships offered to women exclusively, though more women graduate from college than men now... There are scholarships that focus on different ethnicities, all but white. It is time that a scholarship be offered for the one group that has had scholarship opportunities nullified. White Males.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  254. Brian in Va

    I think 'George ' hit it dead on when he said:
    "Financial aid should be given on the basis of merit." – there should not be any checkbox for ethnicity, or religion – period. Differences will exist as long as we call attention to them and recognize them as such – when we stop playing this game of race, nationalities, religion – whatever – when we can act as HUMANS – then maybe things will be equal...but sadly, that's not the real world – maybe one day.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  255. John C

    Kudos, about time someone recognizes that college is becoming increasingly unaffordable to any specific demographics.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  256. Frederic C. Schultz, Esq.

    I am really disgusted by this, and all "race based", distinctions, scholarships, preferences, economic programs, etc. And I deeply believe they are illegal, as they are based on the false concept that there is such a thing as race. All modern scientists agree that there is no such thing as race. The number of genes that affects our appearance is a few out of billions. Furthermore, modern genetic tests and archaeology show that there has always been far more travel and "mixing" than people thought before. Also, in the modern world, the false concept of race is quickly disappearing as people "mix races". The way to end disparities is not to enforce the false concept of race, but to do away with it. Besides agreeing that there is no such thing as race, all scientists believe that all humans emerged from Africa. So, all Americans are therefore African-Americans. The simple solution is to never let anyone tell you your race, and to insist that we are all African-Americans, which we are! Soon there will be no more "racial" distinctions. We must spend more on education for all people, help the millions of homeless people with private, safe necessities, and end these wars and victimless crimes (especially prohibition), which hurt people with darker skin more than anyone else. This is the way to fix our nation's disparities (and solve our budget crisis too!). As Gandhi and MLK say, the means determines the ends. We cannot end the evil of divisions in society caused by "race" by reinforcing the lie that there is such a thing as "race", even if our intentions are good. Yes, "black" people suffered at the hands of slave-holders, and we must always remember that and fight to make our nation better for everyone. But we must also remember that the lie of race was created by slave-holders to justify their cruel, evil barbarity. Just always check off "African-American" and soon we will destroy all race-based preferences. And end prohibition to free the millions in jail for violating drug laws, which were all created out of "racial" hatred and fear in the first place. Together, we can build a new national prosperity based on the concept that the only true race is the human race, and all Americans are African-Americans.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  257. brt

    @ george – you're right. It should be all about merit, but it's the people that hand out these scholarships like the United Negro College Foundation that can't let go of the past. I think it will all be fine in 30 years though when generation Y takes over. It's somewhat understandable that Generation X can't let go of it because they lived in the time of segregation.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  258. Billy

    The real racist are the ones that scream racism about this while they take advantage of their ethnic scholarships. It's a double standard.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  259. Damon

    This white male scholarship is an insult to the other scholarships that were created because of the lack of them being awarded to minorities. It's very existence suggests that somehow white males are being disenfranchised in America, when every statitic taken by anyone who cares to keep score says otherwise. White men are threatened because all the programs put in place to level the playing field are slowly, but surely loosening his grip and taking away his voice to control and speak for everyone.

    Bottom line- get rid of inequalities, programs and laws geared towards putting minorities at a disadvantage, then there will be no need for affirmative action or schloarships like this which play the reverse discrimaintion card!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  260. Harold

    There is nothing wrong with White only scholarship. In fact it is about time,
    There are Black only scholarships, see United Negro College Fund at UNCF.org and also Black Students.com. Do you hear anyone saying that is racist?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  261. Patrick

    I support this scholarship. Back in 2001 when I was searching for a scholarship to go to college, I searched through many different scholarships in the career center of my school. I encountered many different scholarships for different groups of people but none that related to me. I'm glad that there will be a scholarship for an increased amount of races based on financial need without a political or white supremacy agenda.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  262. cheikh diallo

    wow, im shocked. i cant believe, are we still living in the 21st century, are we. if so, i dont agree

    March 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  263. Cat Cooley

    There are many scholarships for EVERY sex, race and religion in this country. Why get angry about this? That's like a White female being angry that there are Black Male Only scholarships. Really? There are other things we need to be worring about. Like keeping our jobs and our homes.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  264. lyai

    There are a lot of scholarships out there that college students can apply for, it's up to the students to make the time and effort to apply for them all. Asking for a specific scholarship for "white males" only, seems to be ridiculous. Is it fair for ASIANS to ask for all ASIAN MALES/FEMALES scholarship also? As an Asian, i don't think so. Every one has the choice to work for their education and scholarships. It seems like a racial segregation to me, and the history has worked too hard, for it to all come back again.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  265. Garry Smith

    About time! I don't understand why all the publicity? When a scholarship is offered to blacks, hispanics or women only (to name just a few) no one bats an eye. On television you will see black only or women only poker tournaments but let someone try to put on a white male only tournament and it will never be allowed. If something is offered only to specific races, gender or nationalities then all other races, gender or nationalitites have the right to their own specific offering. Why is it that anything offered to a white male has to include everyone?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  266. J Marsh

    Well, I don't see anything wrong with creating another need based scholarship. There are underrepresented minorities who seek higher education, come from UPPER middle class backgrounds, and still receive educational financial assistance from their institutions. What is wrong with someone creating an opportunity for a group (ie. white males from lower to middle class backgrounds) that also demonstrates financial need? Like the founder said, it is a scholarship that is also trying to target (males - more females are going to college thanks to the efforts of the feminists, who happen to have at least 25% Caucasian ancestry - this still leaves room for the applicant to be considered an ethnic minority) another group of students who can demonstrate financial need and do not have adequate financial support from parents. Not every white person who attends or has a desire to attend college comes from wealth. Furthermore, one should also remember that most of the minority students who are receiving scholarships from their institutions have much higher than a 3.0 GPA. They are normally in the top of their graduating high school classes, and in comparison to the whole college campus student body, only represent a very small percentage of students attending that institution. Why hasn't anyone asked the founder of the group to encourage more white males to consider attending HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities)? At these schools, they will definitely be considered an ethnic minority and will automatically qualify for consideration for scholarships targeting such groups.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  267. Linda Owens

    I think its fine. I would love to see a follow up story asking a representative from the Uninted Negro College Fund if they would take money from the new black panther org. I bet this comment doesnt make the air.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  268. lee

    I'm black. I agree with the idea. It was presented in a non racist way.
    It also considered biracial people who were 25% white.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  269. Clement

    This is not a race thing, it's an education thing. It's privately funded and targeted towards an increasingly less fortunate demographic. A Demographic that has long lost a voice to ask for help without being throwned upon. GOOD JOB!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  270. wendy

    I completely support this scholarship program. I do believe it has been "The pink elephant in the room, "as that man said and I think it is about time someone spoke up to support white males looking for an opportunity for an education that needs financial help. I was around thirty years ago and I was in agreement that then certain races needed help with getting into school as well. If society permits distinction in race as a prerequisite for scholarship programs, then they need to be fair and allow all distinctions. This has needed some attention for a long time and I admire this young mans courage for standing up for what is right and for something that should not be a discrepancy in the first place.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  271. vette

    Garrett,

    LOL, thats funny. I agree! My whole thing is, yea 40 acres and a mule would have been a good jump off, did't happen that way. Thanks to organizations formed during a time in our Nation, (I'm certain by lots of white people) at current, people of color are just as, if not more intellectually competitive (in corporate medical, entertainment etc..) as most whites, in specific areas. I say this to say there are many opportunities for discrimination from a black perspective. I have witnessed reverse, and to me for it to be reverse is silly, its just plain old discrimination, however it comes. Unfortunately, its going to give lots of clown a chance to spew their ignorant hate, black, white, or otherwise. Great job, I see good kids that happen to be white, and can't and should be given the opportunity to compete for a scholarship to better themselves. I have no deep knowledge currently concerning the education process( its been year since I was in school), so I don't know enough to hold a conversation about why this is so, however, Romans has become the pioneer of an organization that could make him a famous millionaire, good move on both parts... Wow CNN, why Rodney King, this is too much for me??

    March 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  272. Kevin

    This "whites only" scholarship is turning the tables on affirmative action. I have looked at the website for this organization, and in my opinion, what they are doing is not wrong at all. They are offering scholarships to only white males, because it seems like every scholarship out there for financial need is for black students. I am not racist, and I do not condone hate in any way, but there needs to be help for whites as well as blacks. I say good for you, Former Majority Association for Equality.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  273. Taylor Metzger

    I think its a great idea and I wish I could have taken advantage of it when I was in school! Guess what race and gender I am!? :)

    March 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  274. Martina C.

    Why not? Scholarships exist for many other people and for different reasons, why can't white men be included in this as well? If we truly view our nation as equal, then why can't we include special scholarships for this genre of people as well? I would question why anyone would be opposed to this...

    March 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  275. Antoine

    I love the ignorance in this debate. People readily agree with this mess, saying it's "fair" and white males experience "reverse racism." Hello! You are still agreeing with segregation! "If Blacks have theirs, whites can get one..." Let's take this argument to its conclusion. What most people want is equality, so do away with everything "race-based," right? Good luck. I bet my two BA's in social sciences and my current pathetic graduate stipend that without discretion, who would get the most scholarships?- WHITE MALES! People make false arguments like this guy does based on the fallacy that "things are equal now". Look at the college population and let's compare the Black/Latino student population and the White (let alone Black/Latino males to White males) with that of the U.S. Black, Latino and White population in general. OH WOW! It looks as if, despite the dog-&-firehose level of scholarship disparities that people claime to exist, MINORITIES ARE STIIIIIILL UNDERREPRESENTED IN UNIVERSITIES!

    Put that aside. We must not neglect the "poor" part. Why can't it just be an economic-based scholarship if they desired equality. (If you truly value racial equality, you don't go about it by adding to the racializing game- i.e. MLK vs Malcolm X.) Heck, all peoples are poor. OH WAIT, I guess we couldn't do this, because Blacks and Latinos have higher rates of poverty by far, and we simply CANNOT have the appearance of preference! I mean, seriously.

    Bottom line, if you want equality, don't ADD to segregation! How about getting to the root of the problem- building up communities and aspirations and closing school funding and achievement gaps!! Then, there will be no need for ethnic-based solutions to this dire problem...

    March 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  276. Julius

    Scholarships are a scarce resource; they utilize “public” mechanisms, such as tax breaks etc. So public policy has to be a consideration. By specifically excluding groups that face various barriers in addition to being financially challenged, this scholarship effectively perpetuates the problem of group inequality. Unlike other factors, being white male is not the basis of their financial struggle; as such it should not be the basis on which financial help is given.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  277. Jim

    About time we have scholarships for everthing. No problem in a FREE Americica. I even saw a Miss Black America. Yes it still is a FREE America. Thank GOD

    March 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  278. yossi

    The issue inself is not the issue, it is the historical bagagge that surrounds it that creates uneasiness for people.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  279. Jordan

    As a white Canadian male, I understand exactly where this scholarship is coming from. In Canada, affirmative action thrives. I lost my dream job because of it, and cannot get many government jobs without minority status. People who campaign against this scholarship can only do so if they abolish scholarships for blacks and hispanics.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  280. Melissa

    It is about time! What about the middle class whites who can't get a scholarship? I couldn't apply to the Scholarship for the NAACP because I am not black. There should be a different person commenting on the opposition rather than a black woman. It is always posed at black against white.....Come on. We are all human, not colors. If it isn't allowed, then all of the racial profiled scholarships should be abolished!!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  281. Mike

    There is absolutely nothing wrong about this! What is possibly wrong with an underprivalaged white male who would like a college degree recieving some financial help. There are thousands upon thousands of scholarships for african americans. It is only equality

    March 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  282. Ashley

    April Ryan wants to harp on white-only fountains, etc, etc.. But what about the fact that there is *CURRENTLY* a Black Entertainment Television station? Isn't that just as discriminatory?

    I am a white woman.. If there are scholarships available strictly to women, strictly to African American people, strictly to Hispanic people.. Why can there not be one for strictly white males?

    I'm all for a scholarship for white males.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  283. Zeke

    Could this scholarship be used at Howard U?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  284. dana Georgia

    we do not need to do anything to promote white males. look at congress, look at top CEO's, perdominately white males. they still rule and have plenty of access to top jobs. white males do not deserve preferential treatment, period! the good ol' boys club is alive and well!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  285. Jennifer Carroll

    I don't see this as a move in a backward direction. There are scholarships available for groups like blacks and hispanics, that already target a specific group. I don't see why it is not ok for a scholarship to available for just white men. There seems to be a double standard. We have black history month, hispanic history month, special scholarships for blacks and hispanics, but a white history month is seen as wrong or racist, and a white scholarship is seen as a step backward. If you want to even the playing field than race must be removed ALL TOGETHER.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  286. Heidi Halsworth

    Private people/organizations get to exchange money for anything they want. Not that this organization is racist, but if racists want to give money to racist causes, that's freedom, and the rest of us have the freedom to feel any which way we want about it, but that's it. Our painful history does not negate the freedom citizens to do whatever they desire within the boundaries of the law. If race/gender-specific scholarships are legal, they're legal for everyone.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  287. dccaton

    As an 18 year old working to pay for college with no money, I have found it impossible to find any scholarships for me because I am a white male. That does not mean that I do not need the money, for April D. Ryan to say that this racist is absolutely ridiculous, if African Americans can get several scholarships, so can women and any other race, why can't I?

    If anything this scholarship is helping end racism by providing a truly fair system.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  288. Ron

    Totally agree with Anthony!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  289. Dom Cribari

    For April saying we needed to look into the future she sure did talk about looking at the past a lot. This is any other scholarship supporting a specified group of people. If we really want to move into the future this should not be an issue because overall this is about helping kids who otherwise wouldn't be able to go to college.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  290. Marty Benson

    One question... If the debate was concerning a black male only scholarship, would the story have aired on your network? That just goes to show you the value that people STILL place on race in this country.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  291. Eracism

    White males already have a scholarship-It's called unearned white male privilege. Quotas for many colleges and scholarships were 100 percent white male for most of our history resulting in the horrific inequities we still see today. Shame.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  292. T. Sharp

    What is the difference between scholarships for white males and The United Negro College Fund? What's fair for one group should be fair for all.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  293. jason

    if the mexicans have scholarships black people hacve scholarships women have scholarships asians have scholarships then why not white males

    March 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  294. Jay

    I am missing something here? Why is it okay for Blacks, Spanish etc to have their own? But, now a white male one is not "fair". This women says they should allow anyone to get it? Well okay then the same goes for the ones for blacks, spanish etc.. This is the problem in this country. These groups can have their own things, tv channels etc but my god put the words white only on anything and its an uproar.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  295. Mike

    It's finally about time where things truly are equalized, every race is represented in all kinds of funding, etc.. but god forbid we allow white individuals to do the same thing that a group of black individuals have been doing for years, and all of a sudden we are viewed as racists.

    We truly need to "equalize" the other funds like United Negro College Fund or view them as they truly are, which are racially motivated and supported.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  296. Derek Jacobs

    I applaud this scholarship! I understand why it has become PC over the decades to give scholarships to minorities only. In trying to correct the sins of our past, the white males in urban and rural America have lacked opportunities that are offered to other race, gender and religous groups. The only reason their has been a blind eye to this over the years is our goverment is mostly ran by white affluent males which are seen as the majority when they are a minority group themselves. There is a need to help financially under privledged white males and this group is filling that void...Thank you!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  297. Michael

    The Gates Millenium Scholarship is put out by Bill and Melinda Gates- only for minorities. As a white male, I wish that there was a prestigous scholarship for people like me. There are literally thousands of scholarships for people of color. Give us a break, too! Minorities aren't the only people who are having trouble paying for college.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  298. Jim

    I don't get the logic, we can have an all black college with all black scholarships, but we can't have an all white college OR all white scholarships? Who's the racists here?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  299. Al

    I am a 21 year old white American who attends college. I believe the scholorship for white males is fine. There are scholorships for every race. If this is unfair, shouldn't we make all the race scholorships into one for every race. The other thing is if we get rid of this scholorship. I believe it would be saying that White America is still the superior, which in recent years studies have proved to differ.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  300. Brandon Krause

    I feel this scholarship program is great. It is also a step in the right direction. For too long now we have been letting our rights get trampled. I am tired of paying for something I had nothing to do with. I didn't sell the slaves or own any. Why should I suffer for what others have done.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  301. Rick in California

    I see. So it isn't discrimination that the United Negro College fund won't give a scholarship to a white guy? These people who complain about race need to get a grip on reality. There is nothing wrong with this at all. You want to make a difference go and raise money for the favorite scholarship of your ethnic choice.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  302. Chris

    Awesome, shine the light on the reverse racism in this country. Watch the reverse racists scurry now that the light is on and throw every excuse why minority only scholarships are legitimate. We are in a post racial world, it is time we act like it. And in that sentiment, white only scholarships are ok. Whites are now often the minority in may areas of the U.S. It is time we acknowlege this.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  303. Carly K

    I believe the initial reaction when people hear about this story is disgust, but if you really think about it, it is completely fair. When I went to college I struggled to find a scholarship that I qualified for (as a white woman). I had a 4.0 GPA, but that didn't seem to matter unless you were of a certain race or had a disability. I can't imagine how difficult it might be for a white male. Anyway, let's look at the big picture: they are giving money to our youth to go to school! They CHOOSE to give money for higher education and for that alone, they should be commended.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  304. Morel Contreras

    Are you kidding me ? This isn't news, it's just something to kill time on your network. Everyone no matter what race, gender, income etc., EVERYONE is entilted to a higher education. Your making it sound like this "white only" scholorship is founded by neo-nazi or seomthing, you know not all white people are rich right ? Please stop the maddness and actually report on some real news.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  305. Marilyn

    We have black magazines and a black TV network. No one complains about those. We have black, latino and every other type of scholarships.They focus on a specific demographic. Why not a white scholarship???

    March 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  306. Matt

    If this was another scholarship for only African-American males we would not even care. I am proud that someone is willing to take that step to show that everyone, not matter of race, color, or gender should get the chance to be become educated if they are willing to take the initiative to apply.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  307. Jessie

    I feel there is no problem with this type of scholarship. We have a broad range of scholarships that target specific groups, ie. United Negro College Fund, scholarships for Asians, Women and so on. So why belittel this group for wanting to provide a scholarship for white males, who are largely over looked in the scholarship process, where they can better themselves.
    Too many people get upset at something like this by little minded thinking. This is just one tool in many by a PRIVATE organization to better individuals who may not have the opportunity to better themselves with a higher education.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  308. Terry

    The pendulum begins to swing back.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  309. Scott

    I completely agree with Eric. Get rid of all race related scholarships; or allow white persons to receive NAACP scholarships; or allow this scholarship to stand.

    I agree, acts in the past were terrible, but we are living in today. Either we push for equality or we don't. There are varied ways to get equality, but oppressing the descendants of the former oppressors will not gain equality.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  310. MIke Lawrence

    This is a SIMPLE situation now that we have arrived in 2011. We either need to abolish ALL race or gender specific scholarships that exclude anyone.. OR... we must allow every group to offer scholarships to any specific groups they see fit. If there are scholarships for BLACKS, ASIANS, WOMEN, ETC then anyone who claims a scholarship for WHITE MALES is wrong because it excludes others is a hypocrite.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  311. Rydyl Bibber

    I am a high school student and I am white. I see my friends who are Black, Asian, and Latino and they receive many scholarships for their ethnicity. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this because not all white people are rich. I'm not rich. I wish I had the opportunities that my peers do because of their race and a scholarship like this is something that maybe I and many others like myself can strive for.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  312. jeff

    they have the united negro college fund why cant we have a white college fund

    March 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  313. Tyrone

    I think this scholarship is a great idea. I am an African American male and I am proud. I have scholarship just available for me which excludes every other race, so why shouldn't they. We need money for college no matter the race.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  314. Deby

    My children were denied the gifted program in one school because of our race, and I was personally denied any help for college because of our race.... We are NOT finacially affluent and could not get loans or pay for college. We happen to be WHITE. Now tell me, as my now grown children sludge through low paying jobs because of lack of education that this would not be a fair thing to have scholarships based on the fact someone is white and poor? From this side of the fence, I'd like to see ALL racially based scholarships elminated so that those of all races have equal chance at college, not be turned away for race... and remember, my children and I were denied scholarship because of race, because we are white.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  315. Alicia

    I, myself, am Black and I have no problem with a White Only scholarship. There are scholarships for all races, so why make this controversial. There is the United Negro Fund for Blacks, Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund for Asians, and Hispanic Scholarship Fund for Hispanics. I only named a few though there are more. It is time to move forward and not try to bring the past in the present.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  316. Kevin O'Leary

    so its ok to have a blacks only scholarship, hispanic only scholarship, left hand only scholarship, a scholarship for people who are over 6 1/2 feet tall and under 5 feet tall, but its not right to have a scholarship for the average white male? when will we open our eyes, america? its like we're saying that the once-average american male can no longer receive a scholarship because its racist but just consider the other 100,000 discriminatory scholarships out there.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  317. rick

    Interesting – The Black Lady (I can't remember her name) says it's OK for blacks to get financial aid – but not for white males!!
    Maybe we should have seats for white males only and everyone else can sit together! BUT that would not be discrimination?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  318. jgass

    I agree if the other scholarships are here to stay why not the white only. In Ga and other states there are only black colleges . What is wrong with the white person getting something back that seems to slipping away.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  319. Humberto

    Why not a scholarship for white males? All races have scholarships. Why do we have to always make everything racial? I think even if you open the scholarship to all white people of both genders, someone will complain. No one owes anyone anything. We owe it to ourselves. We have to work hard for it. I know I did.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  320. John

    The guy is right; if we have scholarships for blacks, hispanics, asians, and middle-easterners, then why is there a problem for scholarships amongst just white people? Its not like all white people are rich. But my real question is where was the Urban Radio lady whenever the school in Pennsylvania wanted to segregate black kids from everyone else? How is that not also a step backwards? It's all quite hypocritical if you ask me....

    March 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  321. Terry

    try not to be biased, but-
    United Negro College Fund?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  322. Darwin Brown

    This just shows that we as a Nation needs an unified American Scholarship Program for all Americans. We should unified all the other scholarship programs into this one American Scholarship program that would be opened to all Americans no matter what race or culture they are of! The money invested into one program would be worth more than all independent scholarships!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  323. Frank

    united negro college fund you say eh.....hmm someone look at the stats of blacks vs whites or for that matter blacks vs just about any other race. The united negro college fund was set up as a way to balance the playing feild. Many black families were broken up and less educated due to this countries pass.....jim crow/segregation. White parents always had the option to become a doctor, lawyer, business owner.....each generation had the ability to improve. This is not the case for blacks.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  324. Mary Duvall

    I feel if they can have the NAACP Scholarships just for black men and women, there should be no problem with this one.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  325. Chris Frye

    If we are gonna to debate this scholarship, then let's not forget about the United NEGRO College Fund. When was the last time a white/asian/hispanic – male/female received an award from them?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  326. Ruth

    This is going to make my head explode,
    There are hundreds of scholarships for any type of minorities ONLY.
    None for whites, not every white family can afford to send their kids to college.
    I'm sick and tired everyone pulling the race card when it benefits whites.
    I would like for everyone to go on line and check this out.
    God help you if you're white, there is NOTHING for you.
    I have enough of this 'poor me I'm black'.
    Enough is enough, get a loan like the rest of us have to!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  327. Christina Rundell

    I don,t quite understand why people are so concerned about this scholarship. If a white man needs money to go to college then I am all for it. My more urgent concern is the economy,health care and the budget.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  328. fred

    If it is privately run scholarship,they can do what they want.Nobody is holding a gun to anybodys head to donate to the fund.This isnt that serious.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  329. Yuna

    I am a half Asian female and this type of scholarship is perfectly fine in my opinion. People need to quit thinking everything is about racism. We have tons of scholarships for Asians, Hispanics, and Blacks. What's so wrong about a scholarship for Caucasians? If they want to remove this one then they should remove the other scholarships based on race as well.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  330. Bobby Thompson

    The issues is simple, do away with all government sponsored schoarships and quota programs. Let all potential students, regardless of race or gender, compete on earned merits (pre-college grades & student activites) for funding and available scholarships. Is it fair that a latino is not considered for a scholarship or funds provided by the United Negro College Fund?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  331. mary

    why not have a scolorship for poor whie men..there is the united black collage fund..the gentleman explained that this is not racial..right away your hearing this is making us go backwards..there is a ebony awards..etc

    March 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  332. Hogarth

    i just watched the report on CNN and to be completely honest i think it's grossly hypocritical for a "minority" to say that we're going backwards by giving underpriviliged white men a chance to have a better education just because they're white and she's black. I myself am mixed: Irish, Scottish, Native American and Black; if you don't think it's good for a white person to get a leg up then we should either have Government paid education for all, or nobody gets it. Some people need to just get over it.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  333. Cassandra

    I have no problem with whites only scholarships or limited further white men only sponsorships. But a better way to advance education in Americans is to make it affordable for ALL AMERICANS. The fact of the matter is that there is never enough scholarships to go around. HS students are finding it harder and harder to acquire a quality education. If the funders of the white on.y scholarships wanted to ensure that "poor white men" were awarded with a quality education then perhaps they should join forces with the NAACP, United Negro college fund and other to prevent cuts in education funding. For the record...poor white men can get a scholorship from the United Negro college fund.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  334. Myron Yancy

    This scholarship should be the least of our worries. As an African-American male, I can not fathom the idea that anyone would deem this scholarship unconstitutional. In respect to the civil rights movement, we should also consider human rights and that EVERYONE should have a chance for higher education. It’s upsetting to see that many people are still submerged in an era that only hinders our ability to grow as a nation. Its time to grow, and band together for our future generations.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  335. jason

    white males are disadvantaged in some southern states becasue illegal immigrants are taking all the jobs because they get paid so little

    March 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  336. Ryan

    Today we are more focused on the idea of inclusion. Why aren't whites INCLUDED in this idea?

    As a lower-middle class white male, I don't believe I should be punished for the mistakes of people that came generations before.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  337. jeanne mays

    I am so happy!! My freshman son who is very gifted was accepted to University of Washington directly into the computer science department. They only accept 80 world wide. We have to pay out of state tuition, and every scholarship we tried to get but could not get any!! Because he is a white male and because he is leaving our state Montana to go to college. My husband and I recently went through a divorce and my x husband had a mountain bike accident and became an incomplete quadreplegic, Right now I have had 3 neck and back surgeries and my income just is not enough to help my son financially pay for out of state college, and I also have another 16 year old son that I need to get ready for college. I currently have a 18 year old homeless friend of both my boys living with me, and he is back in high school. Because all 3 of these boys are white, like I found out with my oldest son there is no financial help. I want my sons to apply!!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  338. Dan

    Why would white people be exempt from scholorships ? There are black only, hispanc only, asian only scholorships. There are scholorships for every race, creed, color and sex, why is this so offensive ? White people in Texas are the minority and wasn't it the minoritys that stepped up and demanded equality? What is the difference ?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  339. Anglea Bjornstad

    I totally agree that this is a great scholarship! When my daughter graduated from High School we were looking for a scholarships for her. I cannot tell you how many she did not qualify for because she was NOT a minority. In fact, given she had a 27 on her ACT, she was elibile to go to Howard University. The only problem was that she was not black. Howard is a BLACK university. Try having an all white university and see what happens. I actually feel that scholarships should be based on academics alone and not on one's race or althletic skills.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  340. Preston

    Okay, In the Declaration of Independence, if all men are to be considered equal, then we shouldn't slack off on it. Sure I am very upset about this country's past racial problems, but in todays world, the past is the past and it is time for everyone to get over it and move on. If African Americans get to have their own scholarship, then so should every other race that wishes too. Seriously? African Americans have an entire month (Black History month). What more can we do to say sorry and move on? We shouldn't bend the rules. I know that.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  341. Jessica

    I am a mixed american (African American/German) and I see nothing wrong with this scholarship. It's only fair. Black men, Mexican men, Asian men all get to have their own scholarships. Not to allow this scholarship would be discrimination. Quit punishing the white population for something that happened before they were born! Not every white guy trying to get ahead is a racist. Get over it and be fair....or you could open your African American/ Asian scholarships to everyone. It's just so easy to discriminate.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  342. Just Being Fair

    This guy's completely right! I'm currently enrolled in a college and a white male. I looked for many different scholorships and saw numerous scholorships available exclusively for african americans, latino, and asian students, yet none for me. Why shouldn't there be some for white's only if this is the case? THAT'S ONLY FAIR!! If that ignorant lady wants to abolish rascism then she should start with getting rid of all scholorships based on race because THATS EXACTLY WHAT RACISM IS!!! She is a walking contradiction.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  343. Mary

    Go to google and type in scholarships black and see what comes up, there are scholarships for black law, black nurses, black males, black females. What is so wrong with this one being for white male? There is also Miss Black America.... If there was a Miss White America there would be a lot of screaming just as there is over this scholarship.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  344. Brandy

    lets not miss the point here, the point here is money for people to go to school that need it. if more people are getting money for college why should anyone be upset about that? not to mention the fact that there is a scholarship available for every other social demographic on the planet. Why should this demographic be singled out just because of PAST negative connotations? If we truly as a society are to move past this negativity we need to focus on the positive here, more money for college students.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  345. Ric_30309

    Whats sad is that in this day and age when america needs every competitive edge we can get, the federal government thinks that a huge defense budget is sacrosanct when there are young people of every color who are struggling to either get through college or to get to college.

    For everyone that doesn't go to college, that is another reduction in America's edge for the future.

    We need more money available to every student who is capable of finishing college.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  346. Kathie

    I don't even understand why there should even be an outrage, that in itself is ridiculous. Why was there no outrage over all black colleges? Why no outrage over the Organization for Black Unity or the Hispanic Society at my college? Why is 'diversity' at work just the inclusion of blacks, hispanics and India's natives?
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with something for whites if there is nothing wrong with scholarships for any other ethnic group. Reverse discrimination has long been ignored!
    Where's the white version of Al Sharpton? We need to lock arms with you and start a march somewhere!

    March 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  347. Tacjam

    I wasn't born during slavery, I was born until after MLK was assassinated. It seems like, me, my children, my grandchildren will pay for the errors of those before them for the rest of eternity. If this group wants to give white males a scholarship...so what? Until every other scholarship program is open to every single American. No one has the right to say anything about this.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  348. Kim P.

    As residents of the third world country you may know as Miami, my 4 sons are subjected to racism and bigotry everyday. They have been denied many opportunities and scholarships because they are "white males". I am sick to death of people telling us what is "politically correct"!!! We have scholarships, award shows, and many other venues that have swung in the other direction and in the process we have made children born in this country to white parents feel like a lower class, less deserving generation. I say way to go to the offer of this scholarship!

    March 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  349. Andrew Deveau

    Hi everyone as a believer in equal rights for everyone I believe that this scholarship does not seem right now a days. We should have moved on past all this discrimination when it comes to race and gender. I believe that if someone wants to judge on race it should be Human Race not by color or gender. Instead of making this available to white males, it should instead be for someone who might have low income for example not by color of skin Not by race! As a Canadian I find it hard to believe we have come so far but still have to bring race into everyday things still have we not learned from the past.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  350. Billy

    I was born and raised a poor white male in Appalachia (TN). I dreamed of going to college. I made good grades but when i turned 17 and considered applying to a college i realized that my parents didn't have the money and I wasn't eligible for too many scholarships, so instead I joined the army. I've since retired form the army and did get my bachelors degree, but wouldn't it have been wonderful if this scholarship was available to me at that time? I sometimes think about how much better life could have been.

    There is an absolute need for this scholarship.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  351. JoAnn B

    My opinion on the subject of Whites Only scholarship? Can we say "UNITED NEGRO COLLEGE FUND"? Enough said.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  352. David

    Nobody complains about Negro College Fund, yet you have to be black to apply. More blacks in the NBA? It looks like they are all black already. White/Black has been equitably setled. Nothing wrong with white, male college scholarship fund.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  353. Micheal OR

    A+ this is an source of funding long past due ... I was rejected for all college funding assistance because I fit into this exact group ... although my father was a disabled vet and supported our family on ONLY social security, I got zero help, mostly because lack of available funds ... I qualified for few student loans, but because there was not enough money I received none because minorities were first in line.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  354. Leonard Martin

    Race based scholarships are designed to correct or counteract deliberate and systematic acts of racial discrimination. I don't believe that Texas having an explosion in the population of hispanics meets the criteria to justify a whites only scholarship. However, if whites could show that they have been denied bank loans unfairly, or they are the first to be laid off from jobs, or if they have to be three times as qualified to get the same job, then by all means, these are examples that would justify a whites only scholarship.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  355. jason

    i also find it funny that cnn would interview a radio show host

    nobody takes tehm seriously especiall people like rush limbaugh

    March 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  356. Seth Patterson

    I am a college student and I know first hand that reverse discrimination is a real thing. There is scholarship for every minority out there. Soon, there will be less white people in college because all the money goes to minorities. Political correctness is terrible and is not fair. It rewards minorities with average grades just so there wont be an upheaval of condemnation.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  357. Sara

    I realize our country has a bad history of treating African Americans in a poor manner. While it's important to recognize this and respect all cultures, we also need to live in the present. Getting rid of this scholarship would not accomplish anything in civil rights. It would only take steps back in discriminating against white males. Learn from and accept the past but live in the future. Besides, these white males receiving scholarships certainly were not involved in the horror of our history. Dint blame them. Include all.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  358. Andrew

    Thank you for finally acknowledging that we still exist and need money too. I'm not an advocate for racism or sexism, but as an individual, I am not responsible for the way minorities have been treated in the past, or in the present for that matter. I shouldn't have to suffer financially because I happen to be a white male.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  359. SC

    It's about time something like this comes along. Ofcoarse the minorities are going to throw a fit because they are so used to the so called Entittlements they think if there is something out ther they can not get then it is racisim. How about BET TV, Ebony Magazine, NAACP, Negro Scholarship Fund, I could go on and on They need to just get over it. This is exactly why there is still racisim the minorities have enough handouts. The minorites are selffish need to learn to work for what they get instead of handouts.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  360. Josh

    I think its ridiculous that there is even a problem with this scholarship. Scholarships should be based on academic performance. But, seeing that they're not, I don't see the problem with this scholarship. I"m frankly offended that there are people who do see a problem with it. There are scholarships for everything under the sun, I don't see a problem with white males having a scholarship. I think its a joke that it's even an issue. I understand the effects of racism in our country, and what happened in the past, etc... The fact is that white males do not have the exclusive power that they had in the past and that's a good thing, but they cannot be punished for the actions of their ancestors. There are all black colleges, all black tv channels, etc... I just don't think its fair, and its hypocritical for people to get mad about this when the same exact thing is out there for all other races and socioeconomic classes. Ridiculous

    March 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  361. Kevin O'Leary

    all in all, i majorly support this. I am a white male in college currently and I had a 3.8 GPA in high school. Even with my outstanding GPA and my volunteer work and leadership experience, I qualified for 1 out of 50 scholarships I applied for. I am a hard worker and I don't understand why college is so expensive in the first place. It would be nice to not have to pay as much to get a decent college education.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  362. Vicki

    IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!!!! I feel my white middle class son has been discriminated against his entire 8 years in the Doctor of Pharmacy program he is enrolled in. The only scholarships awarded were to minority's and women.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  363. Ed Turner

    I think that it is great that someone will offer them. I am sure there are
    organizations that give scholarships to only Afro American students and
    nobody says anything about it.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  364. Sam

    I don't see what's wrong with a "Whites Only" scholarship – There are so many scholarships out there- Including Black scholarships. I understand we've got a lot of racial tension in this country but, If we as a nation are going to grow, we have "STOP this NONSENSE" – If we're going to make any change.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  365. vandana

    excellent idea, i totally support it ! i mean febuary isblack history month, y dnt ne1 talk racist abt it? i mean rest of the 11 mnths r for white ppl only? one man is trying to educate white ppl, okie well as a potential student , believe me, sometimes i wish i was black american, no one wud have cared abt my grades, but wudve have got grants based on my color ! c'mon, its not abt race, its abt education. the point is his perspective is all abt helping UNDERPRIVLIged white males to study ! what has that got to do wid black. i have seen black college kids ina community college cafe giving lap dances to each other tooo !

    March 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  366. Mac

    I work in academia and it's common in my field to apply for research grants, travel grants etc. Unfortunately, it's been very hard for me to find a single one that I would be eligible for. Why? Because I'm a white male. I see grants and scholarships for women, for asians, for blacks, for minorities. I can't apply for any of those.
    Talk about equality. I can't apply for black scholarships or grants, so what's wrong with a scholarship that's for whites. Why should I have to work multiple jobs when people are being rewarded simply for their race or gender by getting free money? As long as such farces persist there won't be true equality.
    We talk about not discriminating against people for their race/gender, but the other side is rewarding people for their race/gender. It's two sides of the same coin! Real equality means equal treatment and equal opportunity.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  367. Robert Lathan

    It seems to be going in the wrong direction. It seems wrong.

    However, by 2011, shouldn't we stop both discrimination and reverse discrimination. Shouldn't we stop supporting groups that advocate and collect money based on race.

    Part of the "I have a Dream Speech" said that Dr King hoped for a time that people be judged not by the color of their skin but by their character. If this is true, then we would not be giving preferences on race rather than qualifications. We shouldn't be voting based on race, neither for or against.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  368. Will

    I am a Black male and I see no problem with this. Although I do see how this an become a big problem for others. However I think as long as they are not promoting discrimination or racism it should be fine, and no saying its a white only scholarship does not make it racist. If that was the case then all the other minority scholarships can be considered racist. Its just a touchy subject with a double standard

    March 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  369. Donald

    I usually like your show Ali, however I think you are sometimes a little too quick to muzzle somebody or to get them back on the track. It comes across as a little rude. Donald

    March 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  370. Balanced Playing Field

    I don't know if there will ever be a balanced playing field. Quota's existence in hiring and promotions, advantages and preferences in all matter of racial/sexual/religious criteria. There are of course colleges just for women, certain religion, black only schools, black entertainment, etc... Somehow this is only bad when someone raises the Caucasian issue. Didn't I read somewhere once about everyone being created equal with equal treatment under the law?

    March 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  371. Edwin

    im the first in my family to be born in this country, and proud of being a mexican american male. being equal should include every race. what step back? the only step back i see is the supresstion of another race because the rise of white male scholorships doesnt mean the fall of mexican and african american ones, why should the rise of diverse scholorships bring any other down, dont u remember what it was like??

    March 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  372. jim kowalski

    as a white male in my mid 40's, who was forced to change careers and also re-enter school, there were no scholarships available for me. if I had been african american or asian or the member of any other ethnic group, I would have been able to get assistance. if I had been a woman, a single woman, a single mom, or a lesbian, no problem either. if I was willing to be gay, more asssistance. I am not lefthabded or phtsically or developmentally disabled either. and sadly, I did not serve in the military, the only factor under my control. too old to do that now. having this scholarship is fine. it is about time that the white male be recognized as a minority just like everyone else. the woman who said this sets us back years is wrong. it is the separation of people that causes the racism. if the NAACP offers scholarships for black kids who need help or show promise, how is that not racist? do they also offer scholarships for white kids, or asian kids, or latino kids? I doubt it. as I write this, I now realize that we will never be free from a racially biased society as long as every small group wants special treatment and/or draws attention to themselves. I am in favor of all people having the same chances in life to succeed, but I am not in favor of people being given things for nothing based on ethnicity or another factor and then crying discrimination. my $30,000 in student loans give me a unique perspective.....

    March 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  373. T J

    As a former high school teacher in Mississippi, I was required to read the scholarship opportunities to my classes every day. Many scholarships had racial requirements; however, none were for White Americans. The fact that you have to say, "Ok. Class, this scholarship is for African Americans only" is a huge problem. It is a racial statement. Affirmative Action is racist. If this country wants to move past race, do not separate based on race. Reverse racism is severe in Mississippi. I have been called every racial slur you can think of while just walking down the street. The national media in all its forms does not broadcast racial stories unless whites are the initiators. Why not have stories shedding light on BET, NAACP, Black Miss America, African American Pride magazine, or BlackPeopleMeet.com commercials? It is hard to teach my daughter not to pay attention to race when separation is everywhere. If a certain group does not like this idea, they should reflect within and then maybe everything will start to change.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  374. Dawn

    Why is this even an issue? Many minority groups have offered scholarships for many years. I don't hear anyone saying that the NAACP scholarships are biased or driving a wedge between races. Personally, I don't care what your background is, all Americans should have the opportunity for further education.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  375. Justin

    Those who advocate for race-based scholarships for minorities, yet oppose them for poor whites, are hypocrites, plain and simple. Poor white teenagers living in Appalachia, or the South, or Detroit, or Los Angeles, or wherever else, had absolutely nothing to do with slavery, and are in need of scholarships just as badly as poor blacks, poor Hispanics, poor Asians, etc... To deny them scholarships because the wealthy, landed-gentry owned slaves hundreds of years ago is completely nonsensical. It is essentially punishing today's poor for the centuries-old sins of the wealthy. Keep in mind, even during the age of slavery in America, poor whites were far from privileged. Don't confuse the lower classes with aristocratic plantation owners.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  376. Linda

    White males in the past were on the top of the heap but that has changed way too far in the other direction. Yes, "white only" scholarships are a very good idea, for everyone else in society has a scolororship for their particular group. I am a mother of two white males and I see wherethere is a need for scholarship help for that group as well.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  377. Just Being Fair

    What's wrong with WET, "White Entertainment Television"?? There's BET, being fair is not being racsist...

    March 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  378. Quint Brathwaite

    I don't see what the problem is; The main premise is to aid poor white males, who don't fit in any of the categories of most scholarship programs. The prerequisites are reasonable, even the one, that most people are upset with.
    That the recipient be at least 25% White; which is to say that he can also be 75% something else.
    Hello, Doesn't that cover pretty much all Americans? I may be wrong, but I don't think so.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  379. Jon Shutt

    Forty yearzs ago this might have been offensive, but we are now living in a country that allows without comment a "Miss Black America Contest", black only police unions and a a NAACP that even the young blacks don't accept the ideas.
    I did not own any slaves nor did I bring anyone to this country to be a slave. I think anyone would find it difficult to find anyone living that has participated in these activities. To continue to rail and beat our chest so as to punish fellow Americans that didn't do it is rediculous. A scholarship for a white person only is no different than a scholarship for a black person only. If Blacks don't want to give up their assumed rights to gather in strength and reward their bases on color of skin, than why can't whites do the same?,

    March 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  380. Sam

    I'm asian and I fully support this scholarship. Whites males specifically are often at a disadvantage when it comes to earning scholarships, so I see this as a good way to address this issue.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  381. Kyla Peterson

    The reason I support this scholarship is because of ignorant racists – reference the post by "bruce Heinemann" – please read to see what hatred is out there for 'white poeple'.

    According to some, all white people are evil based on a small time of history in America. EVERY race has a dark past, white and black included, hispanics included, asians and east-indian in more recent history (read the news!!). If it's not ok to be racist against colored people, it shouldn't be ok to be racist against whites.

    I think the white race has suffered long enough, and the new generation is at risk of being forgotten. Like EVERY scholarship out there for minorities (women, athletes, disabled people, hispanics, blacks, army children...the list goes on), we should be able to help whomever we want, so long as NO HATRED TOWARD ANYONE ELSE is propagated in the process. Clearly, there are still some who believe they deserve more 'fairness' than others.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  382. Beto Salgado

    Whenever a rich man owes a poor man money, he should pay him. The white man will always be heavily indebted to the black man for atrocities committed against him. The white man should repay the black man before spending his money frivolously.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  383. Kim Scogna

    Five years ago when my white middle class son was applying to colleges he was told over and over white males get the least money for higher education. It seems that all white american males must be so well off that they and their families can afford 40-50k for tuition these days. Even with a very good academic scholarship (top 5th of his class), when my son graduates from Drexel University we will be in debt for approx. $80,000. My co-worker's son who is Phillipino will be entering Drexel next year with almost full tuition paid. Yes, I fully support this scholarship effort. We have seen reverse discrimination for higher education far too long.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  384. Molly Mague

    I negate the interviewer's (Janet) comment "Brown v Board of Education" as a basis for disputing the WMO scholarship. Here is the basis for that legal precedent: Brown v BOE, 347 U.S. 483. Chief Justice Warren Opine: (c) Where a State has undertaken to provide an opportunity for an education in its public schools, such an opportunity is a right which must be made available to *ALL* on equal terms." <LII, Cornell Unv of Law.

    There are 247 ethnic based scholarships listed in a basic search query. This will make it 248, while addressing the needs of the CURRENT minority demographic in Texas. Where can we donate?

    March 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  385. David Eckenroth

    The history of blacks includes slavery which I had no control over. It also includes the civil war which ended it.
    The country has voted in a black president which should open the door to a look at the phasing out of affirmative action.
    The current white male should not be held accountable for the sins of the distant past.
    I am a white male scientist 60 years of age who has lost everything in this recession. I cannot get a response to any job interview and have been underemployed since 2004 so I do not qualify for any of the extended unemployment compensation. In my self-employment most of my customers are black or brown so they seem to be doing ok.
    Give us a break!

    March 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  386. Deanna

    This is a wonderful idea and about time! And, I think it needs to go further! I have a son who is a Senior in high school and he should be rewarded with scholarship money not only for that reason, but because he is an EXCELLENT student and a WONDERFUL human being. His parents have jobs (middle class – not enough to pay for a college education these days, but too much to qualify for anything need based), he is not gay, he is not an unmarried father or a single father, he has not had a parent who has died, and the list goes on. What about those scholarships for the white male who has followed all the rules and has not had significant tragedy in his life. He should still be considered for any scholarships. I don't know about the rest of you, but we definitely don't have a college savings for him, we work to pay the bills to live daily – maybe that's another scholarship that should be available!

    March 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  387. Buck

    This is fair and necessary. I don't believe that it has anything to do with any form of biggotry.There are scholarships for almost anything else we can think of, and racism or sexism is never mentioned with any of those. It is strange to me that there is a problem with this. Is it not racist to try to keep white men from having their own scholarships?

    March 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  388. durazo

    im a mexican that has struggle to go to college and i have apply for many scholarships that are only for latino or hispanic students i see nothing wrong with a brother of a difrent color trying to help other brothers ease their future with white only scholarships ......thats my opinion.......p.s. dont traumatize you"re selfs world."........is only a scholarship.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  389. Dale E. Bernelle

    There are scholarships already out with all sorts of criteria and limitations.

    I don't understand why there is such sensitivity to one instance of an all male, white scholarship.

    It's hard to believe that a scholarship, which is privately funded, can not set it's own criteria, whatever it may be and suffer the attack that this one has.

    If one doesn't fit the criteria of a certain scholarship, then time is best spent finding a scholarship where the applicant does meet the criteria rather than spend that time standing on the side lines and crying, "Me too, me too, look, discrimination."

    There are all sorts of scholarships open to a select category of people. "White males" is just another category of people.

    If there were no scholarships EXCEPT for white males, then this would be a valid argument.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  390. Mark

    This scholarship is completely acceptable. Despite the turmoil of the past America has been and will always be about diversity. Let’s not forget that Caucasian men fought and died to support the ideal of diversity if the past is brought up as a point of contention. Admittedly not all wrongs of the past have been corrected. But preventing this scholarship would be a step in the wrong direction. It would only create a negative double standard if we continue to grant scholarships based on ethnicity.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  391. Kevin O'Leary

    but now for some comedic humor! how many black people won an academy award this time around?

    March 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  392. Frank

    This just proves the point that eveyone is against entitlements until it helps them....signing out.
    All its takes is to look at the stats and see who really needs the aid.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  393. Dale Zdrojewski

    I don't have a problem with an all white scholarship fund. Why do African Americans always have a problem if they are excluded. Whites can not participate in the Negro College fund,The Congressional Black Caucus,The Black Miss America Pageant,The NAACP or attend all Black Colleges. EQUAL should mean just that, EQUAL in all aspects of life. I am all for EQUAL RIGHTS FOR EVERY ONE. And that means ALL no exclusion because of race or religion and NO special previsions for any one group.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  394. Ken

    I have 3 chilldren in college right now, the debt we are incuring is astronomical, I wish our youngest, who is a white male and makes the deans list could quailify for a scholarship of any kind!

    March 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  395. Stinky McStinkerton

    I'm a White Male over 40.
    I have been discriminated against based on this fact many times.
    I was denied a small business loan earmarked for upstart businesses in economically disadvantaged areas – The administrator made sure the loans went to Black Female business owners only.
    I scored very high on a civil service exam for a Police Officers position only to see the positions be offered to less qualified minorities who scored lower on the exam also.
    I've been passed-over for jobs and promotions twice where the offers went to less qualified minorities.
    I've seen first hand, as a member of a management team, White Male hiring managers too afraid to hire or promote another White Male to the team for fear that they would appear racist so they hire a less qualified minority instead.
    Now, I'm not racist. I realize that this has been a sore spot in our history. But if we want true equality, we need to consider that discrimination against White Males exists.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  396. BILLY R.

    Belive it or not, This is a wonderful idea !! NOW HOW ABOUT A WHITE HISTORY MONTH ??

    March 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  397. roy

    I believe that any scholarship that discriminates because of race is wrong. I think that performance in the classroom should decide who recieves scholarships.However, as long as there are scholarship funds available because a person is black,asian,hispanic, or native american, I can not understand why a white college fund is should be viewed any differently.
    Either do away with all scholarships that discriminates because of race or keep your mouth shut because you really do not have much of case to defend.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  398. lillian

    I applaud the effort. It is time. The 60s are long past. New century, new world order. For example: What % of foreign students fill our "ivy league" grad schools? Ask a current student. You might be surprised. We all subsidize education in various ways.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  399. PJ

    On the surface, this seems OK. It appears to be in the area of "fairness" since other groups have their specialized scholarship programs. The problem is that white men still control the vast majority of money in this country and who else would be contributing to this white male scholarship program. White men have never been able to "play fairly." Whenever the playing field is not tipped in their favor, they create laws, tax cuts, and any and everything that gives them a one up. This is no different. Other groups have had to have their rights and privileges legislated by white men with protests, beatings and death. Until white men realize that their fear of being ruled unjustly by minorities is a reflection of their own unjust ruling of minorities, and put an end to it, there will always be this cancer called racism in our country. Enough is enough. The majority of people in our country don't want to rule anyone. We just want to make a living wage, send our kids to college and live a comfortable retirement. Enough already.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  400. Jesse

    I am black, and I am very glad that there is this kind of scholarship. Please like Mr. Wesley said ealier I am also tired of the media using race to perpetuate their own agenda. I was watching the white house correspondent talking about her kid asking her how it was like ( I assumes she was referring to slavery). Most children who ask that kind of questions because of their parents attitude. A kid would always bring up that issue when they notice that parents are still playing the victim game. Get over it and let move on.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  401. Lucy

    Every time there's a "white" anything, it seems that only the "African Americans" have a problem with it. But they can have "United Negro College Funds", but as soon as "White people" make a fund for the "Whites" there's a problem????? When the "United Negro College Funds" has exited for years & Years....There's a double standard in this country.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  402. Anthony

    It's time for this double standard stuff to end. If all of those racist minorities want the racism to stop, they need only to look into a mirror. This topic needs to be pushed and talked about in the open or the white people of the world will always know that minorities hold all of the cards and the whites will forever have contempt for the minorities.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  403. Riq Chacon

    I am a hispanic with a Ph.D in the medical field. I did get through graduate school with a scholarship. Undergraduate school, I covered the costs. I support this white male scholarship idea. WHY? Because I believe in our people in the US. We are white, black, hispanic, asian, middle eastern, etc. He is pushing and standing for a voice to support a survival aspect that he has grown up with, and he should be heard. That is America!
    We have a black president and thank god for that progress forward. We are all here to pull together.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  404. chris

    i think this is great....every other race has their scholarship....why not us...,...@ tom james...the only reason white people get %80 of scholarships now is because most black men would rather soak up their wellfare then goto school or get a real job. and your comment on every month is white history month is B.S...we study black people as much as we study white! and be thankful were white cause we can get jobs? get off your lazy rear get a job and stop wasting our tax money on your wellfare.Why don't we setup a fund to get more blacks into college basketball and into the NBA? simple because %90 of nba is black...enough with this black people were slaves and we owe you B.S....its 2011... oh yea and where is our White Entertainment Tv(wet) ???????

    March 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  405. Jason

    If this country wants to move toward equality for all, then this scholarship is a step in the right direction. In the past, white males did have power and access to everything but that's not the case anymore. The past is the past and we cannot change it. But to forgive the white male's bad history in this country (and others), we have scholarships for blacks, asians, hispanics, native americans and dedicate things like Black History month for example to the minorities. (How much of those awards actually go to minorities whose ancestors were suppressed?) What will happen when whites become the minority in this country? Will whites have white only scholarships? A month dedicated to their history? White rights groups? A White Entertainment Television station? All of that is and will continue to be labeled as racist and to me that is outrageous.

    Equality (in scholarships at least) will only come when the conditions for these awards are taken away. Financial scholarships should go to a person who needs financial assistance to be able to attend college, regardless of race, creed, religion, etc. Academic scholarships should be treated the same way. Throw out the colors of race and use some respect. Maybe the world would be better off blind.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  406. 80k a year

    I think its about time. As a white male, I understand the difficulties placed upon poor white males. Graduating high school in the late seventies, there were few scholarships available for white males who weren't football or basketball stars. Like myself, many of us were forced to attend college as we were working full time. While others who had lower SAT's or GPA's were awarded scholarships and grants, we were refused anything other than high interest student loans. After nearly 7 years, I was able to complete my associate degree. What a day that was. Those who weren't fortunate enough to be a white male had completed their 4 year degree and was employed in better paying jobs than I could have ever dreamed. Oh, well, I'm honored to be white and proud of my heritage. Pride is all that being white has ever gotten me, and thats fine. The rest, I've worked my tail off for.

    I only wish I could afford to help with this venture, such a great idea. There are great minds that don't have a chance.

    I now am trying to put my youngest through college. She is a white female, but still has few options. We had enough saved for the first year and she's doing very well, but after this year, she's in the same boat....either student loans, or waiting, taking only a class or two a semester. Borrowing tens of thousands of dollars for an undergraduate degree is pretty irresponsible with todays job market. I hope these folks can make a difference...

    March 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  407. James

    WOW I'm offended that anyone would have a problem with this! Whites bend over backwards to cater to everyone besides themselves! I guess only a white mind is a terrible thing to waste! What about NAACP? BET, and United Negro College fund....hello? Just Google black scholarships.... Oh and dont ask an illegal immigrant to prove they are here legally. What am I crazy as Charlie Sheen?

    March 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  408. Lloyd

    April Ryan, the White House correspondent, has now twice said 'let's go back to...', yet she is lambasting proponents of this scholarship for trying to go backwards. Hmm...

    And on that note, let's go back to 20 years ago. As a white male in the top 10 of my high school, I can tell you with absolute certainty that I lost thousands of dollars of funds to less qualified minorities! I remember joking with my brothers about how we should create an all white scholarship... it's about time somebody finally did! :)

    March 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  409. Ryan

    If we're being honest here (and I'd like to think that we are), the biggest issue seems to be the NAME of the scholarship. The reality is that a scholarship is being offered, provided the applicant falls into specified guidelines. I would question if a scholarship exists that doesn't have ANY criteria for applicants or conditions under which said scholarship can be awarded?

    Everyone just needs to take a deep breath, and settle down.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  410. Nathalie Cote

    The education grants given to only whites men is fair , considering that most of the grants are given to minorities and that the white young men are left out! they are forgotten. Today's white men population , is not responsible for the slavery that happened , before they were born. They are also expected to perform more.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  411. Danny Martin

    Think this needs a name change. As they allow any male that is at least 25% white. So its not "PURE WHITE MALE" Maybe a name more inclusive to the desired effect.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  412. Meredith from NY

    We've had discrimination and bad behavior by every race, color, creed, gender and sexual orientation. I'm not at all offended or threatened by an all white male scholarship. To say this sets us back 50 years is just ludicrous. I think we, as an American culture, are more enlightened and accepting of each other and our differences. It's important to remember the horrors of the past – but don't stay stuck in it!

    You know – it wasn't that long ago when NO IRISH NEED APPLY was rampant, when the Japanese-Americans were put in camps, when American Indians were pushed out of their own lands. Can we please get out of the shame & blame game and get over it?

    Besides, if I heard the interview correctly, he said "At least 25% caucasian and male" – doesn't that leave 75% open to be whatever your gene pool graced you with?

    March 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  413. Kathy

    Since white males cannot apply for scholarships for blacks only, it is only fair that there is a white male scholarship. There are women only scholarships. There are many, many scholarships for minority races. There is nothing wrong with a white male scholarship. Admittance requirements into colleges are the same way. White males ranked in the top 10 ten of their class, over 4.5 GPA, with extracurricular activities, athletics, community service, and excellent references are rejected by IN-STATE Division 1 schools because college admission is so competition. They only have so many slots for white males, dispite an applicant's great academy record,especially if they don't fit into any special group (race, specific athletics, art, etc.) I think that is reverse discrimination. Great white male kids miss out on wonderful scholarship opportunities and college admission solely because they are white males.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  414. Jerry Altman

    Assuming this has nothing to do with one-upmanship race-wise, I think this is a great endeavor. I think there are massive assumptions being made about white men and their social status. Not every white male has power and money, and plenty of deserving men can't realize their potential because of finances.

    I am a white male, and I had to go into the U.S. Navy in order to get money for college from the G.I. Bill. My parents just didn't have the money.

    I certainly believe in everyone getting their chance to make something of themselves. Why shouldn't everyone get an education, especially if money is the only thing keeping them from it? What I mean is that money shouldn't be the determining factor, just like money shouldn't keep everyone in the U.S. from getting the proper healthcare we should all have. But the system just isn't set up that way, so it's up to the citizens to fend for themselves.

    So as long as the scholarship isn't government-backed, why not support the effort to get another segment of the population educated? This is more a class issue than a race issue. But again, as long as other race-specific scholarships still exist, why not one for whites? Equality goes both ways. White men who are not out to keep anyone else down should have their chance to make something of themselves.

    I think more effort should be put into getting every U.S. citizen properly educated (a realistic ideal) vs. preventing a community-based effort to make a positive difference. To those who are not happy about this, I encourage you to use your energy to figure out how to create the support you believe SHOULD be in place (and I'm right there with ya': properly educate EVERYBODY) instead of attempting to put a stop to another's positive contribution to society. (That would be who keeping whom down?)

    March 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  415. susan

    There is no difference between a white only or white men only scholarship and scholarships for black men or women only, the united negro college fund, scholarships for people who have lost a parent, people who are catholic only, people who are jewish only, etc. If one looks closely into scholarships all are directed at specific people, situations and interests – why should this be an issue at all. Those who are questioning it are discriminating against caucasians/whites.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  416. Marie

    Oh please! If this is NOT allowed then every scholarship out there that is not open to ever single person equally then all should be banned. Give me a break. there are scholarships based on religion, many just for HISPANICS(some just for illegals) and there are so many ONLY "Black need apply" scholarships.

    I knew the day would come when Blacks and & Hispanics were the majority like in Los Angeles area and whites would still not reap the same benefits they do because it would be considered racist/prejudice. 2 Public elementary schools within walking distance from my house, 2 white to 1000 Hispanic/ Black ratio.

    I am banging my head against the wall in utter disbelief that the Black community would have the gall to continue down this path that anything ALL WHITE is prejudice. Remember BET, all those organizations for sports, entertainment, media etc. with Black Only awards & Hispanic have the same Hispanic ONLY awards? Gosh forbid there was a White only awards for sports, entertainment etc.

    I thought MLK preached for equality for all. Well...I don't see it and it ain't us white folk stopping equality. Ugh..I'm am so done PS. I DO NOT SEE COLOR. I see human beings.

    Vomitting in LA

    March 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  417. Tim

    Amazing we get a half black president and everyone thinks it is so rosey for black men. Oh everything is all over..... segregation was over 50 something years ago right...... Lets just come to reality, blacks own what % of businesses in this country? how much wealth? what precentage of doctors? lawyers? I heard this same agurment when I was applying for professional school some of my friends thought the blacks were taking their spot. Each time I heard this I couldn't help but laugh. When in my class half the students were grandfathered in because their parents had the privledge of attending, with scores sometimes vastly lower 1 or 2 miorities out of a class of 200 they said were taking their spot.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  418. Angie

    I do agree with another comment below that financial need, grades and achievments should be the main requirements for scholarships rather than race or other things... BUT of course there are private scholarships for everything so why not this??? The comments on the air about the history of blacks in America I do understand that a scholarship for white males can stir up some controversy... but unless the country is going to do away with all scholarships for race only then a scholarship for white males has just as much right to be as for hispanic only or women only. To speak to the lady that was on the air speaking against this scholarship saying that this "takes us back" I want to say that that is completely untrue. Comments such as yours are what takes us back. The white males that would apply for this white male only scholarship are not the same white males that did the horrendous acts against African-American people in the past. These males did not do these actions so why should they be punished for the acts of our ancestors? If we begin keeping this frame of mind in our country then racisim will never be gone.
    I abhor all racisim agains anyone for any reason!!!! I just don't understand how someone can be that way!
    I am very glad to hear from the creator of this scholarship that they will not accept money from anyone with a white supremacist group or belief.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  419. Don

    I knew they would start screaming about this!There are Black this,Latino that,Asian this,etc,etc.Why not have a helping hand for any group you want? As for the comment "They have it so we should have it.", it's we want it and "they" don't want whites to have ANY "white only program,of any kind. Why do people call themselves "Africian-Americians,Mexician-Americans,Aisian-Americians,etc? They are putting the name of the country they came from first and thereby creating friciton. If you are a citizen of this country,you are supposed to be an Americian,period.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  420. James

    WOW! I'm offended that anyone would have a problem with this! Whites have bent over backwards to cater to everyone besides themselves! What about NAACP,BET and United Negro College fund....hello! Just Google black scholarships. Oh and dont ask an illegal immigerant to prove they're here legally. What am I crazy as Charlie Sheen??

    March 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  421. Steve

    The motto of The Gates Foundation says it well, "Our belief [is] that every life has equal value." Personally I think ALL race-based scholarships should be eliminated as awards should be based on things that make real distinctions, such as; merits, character, passions, understandings, talents, and accomplishments. I support all humans who want to better themselves, and racial distinction is only made consequential by our government's need to define it....otherwise, it's an insignificant qualifier.

    Though I applaud this gentleman's sense of citizenship, I think the addition of "white" in his scholarship criteria simply draws attention to the fact that our society is unjustly awarding benefits to people based on race; thereby supporting racial divisions. Conversely, under current laws, to say he can't create his scholarship is reverse discrimination. It’s not a matter of right and wrong as much as recognition of the real issue at hand.

    The more important issue here is that the scholarship recognizes the existence of poverty. I don't think it is meant to favor a race as much as it is to help the poor or disadvantaged among us. Whether I agree with it or not isn't the point..... this scholarship is merely a fair response to a need in our society. I think the real focus here should be on the fact that we have poverty spanning all racial classifications and breaking it down to a racial matter is not resolving poverty itself.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  422. david from college station

    I agree with there being a white only scholarship. That being said, anyone who questions the texas state student's motives who set this up just need to look at him. he is a middle class veteran who fought for our country, came back and went to school, graduated with money he earned "DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY", and now he wants to help students get money for college. This sounds like the type of guy we need in washington. he should not be questioned on his motives and called a racist.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  423. Jim

    Most people just don't get it. We have entitlements for everyone in this country. These entitlements are very selective in many cases by race, religion, sex you name it. I feel people are only having an issue with this scholorship becuase it singles out "white males only" . Most in this country are hypocritcal, why do we have Female this, African American that and so on and no one complains about programs trageted for there groups. If private citizens wish to donate THERE money to a program so be it, I would never tell Oprah, Bill Cosby, Jessie Jackson or any other African American with Wealth where they can and cannot donate there money to and who is eliable to recieve it. Case in point the United Negro College Fund, I am sure I am not entitled as a white male to recieve funds through there program, and I wouldn't complain about it either.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  424. T Johnson

    Bruce Heinemann, you are an awful human being. And your blatantly racist ideas would blend right in with the NAACP and the Jackson, MS population.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  425. Robert Coe

    No problem racism or not. Study Andrew Jackson period till now. White male were told they had all the opportunities to get rich. We took the land and resources from the indians and the slaves are keep in their place. We even hung three teachers for schooling minorities in So Carolina. EDUCATION IS THE BEGINNING OF OPPORTUNITY. Everyone should be apart of a **system** to educate and train ** so we can compete in a world economy. ****Why not work harder to develope a system that will give every person an opportunity to follow their educational dreams??? We have had 200 years to get it right!!

    March 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  426. Mikele

    Are you serious? Anyone who says that the Caucasian race shouldn't have a scholarship,club,group only for Caucasians are racists! There is a private group for EVERY OTHER race,religion,gender in the US except Caucasians. I support this and intend on making a donation!

    March 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  427. John

    A Whitehouse correspondent says that it's wrong for this group to make this scholarship only for white males! The group says they are not racist and will not allow any support from racist groups. They only want to give young, lower income, white males a chance to go to college yet this correspondent says with the history of this country, it would be wrong for them to be allowed to open this scholarship for young, white males only! How ridiculous is that! There are scholarships for everybody else and no one cares, but let someone pinpoint one for white males and everyone goes nuts! Someone even wrote in and said he got a scholarship for being left handed! How can this be so wrong? It was reported recently that in Texas now young white males are now the minority! This is TEXAS we're talking about! Why is it that when anyone else, from any other culture or race or sex is seen as a minority we do everything in our power to make it right, yet when it's young white men, who didn't have anything to do with the past, all those who used to be minorities and used to fight for equal rights try to make a big deal out of it? I'm a 45 yr old white male who has seen people who deserve scholarships overlooked because they were not one of the minorities that have been recognized. Now there's a new minority and no one wants to recognize them! I have never been prejudiced! I socialize with all races and sexes! I believe in giving anyone a chance who will work for it! My only problem with all this is that history only proves what our ancestors did, NOT what I have done! I've never owned another person! I've never owned a slave! I've never discriminated against anyone and yet MY children and grandchildren can't get a good education because, as a nation, we have to give those scholarships to ANOTHER minority because someone ELSE'S ancestors owned slaves! I'll say it clearer! MY ancestors never owned slaves so why should MY children suffer?

    March 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  428. CMMike

    I am so over the argument that white males don't deserve the same treatment as any other race. I am a white 28 year old male who is just going back to college. White males are constantly bombarded with reminders of what generations before us have done. Well i've never done anything racist to anyone. And im sure that can be said for most white males trying to get scholarships today. To turn on CNN and have to listen to a corospondent tell us how it is unfair for white males to be given the same treatment as everyone else is racist in itself. If she were speaking out against any other minority she would be labeled a racist. Which is what I believe her to be. There is no room for any more hate in this world. I believe it is people like her who fuel this hate by always blaming white people for every inequality out there. I took no part in slavery or segregation so stop telling me I did!

    March 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  429. evans

    What's next.....I vote WHITE HISTORY MONTH. It's only fair right? With the advent of a half black president Geez....people get a clue.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  430. Jonathan

    The inception of any scholarship fund is a blessing. And although I was fortunate enough to have my education handed to me, I have known many that weren't afforded such. If I choose to donate to a scholarship that fosters a less arduous path to education for someone like myself or my friends, I do it out of sympathy and, I hope, philanthropy – but not racism. I hope this to be the norm, but doubt it is. The problem isn't how scholarships pick their recipients, but rather why an individual chooses to become a benefactor to one of these scholarship funds.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  431. Brenda Overmyer

    I say hats off to this group of young men who have recognized a gap in our country regarding the near and + 30 year olds that have been forgotten. There are scholarships for blacks, hispanics, women, athletes, geniuses, etc. but no one remembers the forgotten American. We need to remember them – they will become the elders in the future.
    This group is not advocating only pure white males. I don't know if anyone can even truly say they are pure white anymore. I heard themstate that the color requirement was only 25% white. Under this guideline then a person of mixed races; i.e. 50% black and 50% white could qualify. This person should also be able to apply for a scholarship under the black funds available.
    I hear that some people are calling this a racist movement. I disagree. I have seen reverse racism at work. My son needed medical attention but was unemployed so he went to a California Medicaid office to get some assistance. He was told sorry you do not qualify because you are a middle-aged white man. If you were a woman, hispanic or black you probably would qualify. They would not even take his application.
    I agree with this movement. These young men need help and it is great that someone has realized it enough to do something about it.
    Thank you for listening.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  432. michelle R

    I am wondering why such an uproar over whites only scholorships, there are so many that are only for certain races like UNCF which is only for blacks. The lady who spoke should not complain about it being discriminating because they discriminate against whites!
    Thank you.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  433. Jay

    This is my opinion on this subject about the scholarships. I don’t see a problem with this because of the different scholarships out there just for African Americans on the internet.. We already heard about Brown v. Board of Education Pretty soon we will be hearing about Rosa Parks and Rodney King. Look The Americans alive today did not have anything to do with The Transatlantic Slave Trade….. So quit bringing up the past forget it and grow up. We are all Americans not just African Americans.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  434. TYLER JOHNSON

    I went to college with someone who was born in South Africa, which made her truly African American. She was denied funding because her skin was white even though she met the African American qualification. Reverse Racism is the national news story here. About time! It's 2011 and we have a mixed president that was raised by his white grandmother. It is not 1950 or 1850! I was born in 1980 and I have seen racism my whole life. Against people that have skin like mine.

    Equal Rights for Whites!!
    Equal Rights for All!!

    March 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  435. Leonard Martin

    In addition to my comment earlier, embedded socio-economic discrimination complicates a race based scholarship. For example, not every black person who qualifies for a scholarship will receive one. All other things being equal, it is likely that blacks from higher rungs on the socio-economic ladder will get the scholarships and poor or disadvantaged blacks will be left out. Therefore, don't make assumptions that race specific scholarships will actually help you just because you are a member of the discriminated class. It is, however, reasonable to assume that your social status and economic position independent of your race will have at least if not greater influence over your success with gettting scholarships in general than your particular racial class.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  436. Quint Brathwaite

    I just read a number of these comments, the majority of them espousing the vitriol of hate towards Blacks and Black programs to aid Black folk in getting assistance for college education. I am way past angry, first because these people are totally uniformed, and very ignorant about the true nature of things.
    What really needs to happen is the White America has to own up to and understand what has really made this country along with a few others so rich and strong. Here in America it was SLAVERY, PURE AND SIMPLE!!!
    2 HUNDRED AND 50 YEARS OF FREE LABOR!! Where is the balance for that? Not 25 or 30 years of remedial "Affirmative Action."
    Similarly in the UK it was a class system that was imposed on the backs of Blacks and Brown (and poor whites) in the Colonies they controlled over a nearly similar time period.
    Also the question of all the Financial Aid that's given to Black College Students. The Federal standard of grants and aid is around: $168 Billion for fiscal 2010-2011. Of that number $8.2 – $10Billion will go unused (not applied for) why because all these folk writing in castigating Blacks for taking advantage of their meager opportunities,
    are not try to find the niche they fit in. Oh You might want to know the total of Scholarships available: Over 18,700 for whites.
    There are 460 Scholarship or Grant Programs for Minorities, not including the United Negro College Fund; which raises $113million.
    The Dollar Amount – about $500 million +UNCF's $113; (does not include the new scholarship from Bill & Melinda Gates Fund.
    Now does that entire $168 Billion go exclusively to Whites no, But to suggest that there is any disparity and everything is given to Blacks or Minorities that is patently ridiculous, misleading and absolutely wrong!!

    March 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  437. Leonard Martin

    Remember the bell curve of social and economic class. Independent of race, there will always be approximately 20% wealtthy, 20% poor, and 60% middle class. My suggestion to everyone on this discussion is to first determine which socio-economic class you fit in, and then proceed to talk about race. Not race first, then socio-economic class.

    March 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  438. Don

    It is very simple.
    Let us make all scholarships competitive instead of biased to any race, creed, orientation or national origin.

    March 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  439. Melissa

    My husband and I are 19 and 20 years old, working full time to get ourselves through college. So far we have made it through without any student loans, but only because of my full scholarship to any state school in Florida based upon community service, GPA, SAT and ACT scores, NOT RACE.

    I think it is about time to rid this country of anything based on race. I understand the purpose of it 50 years ago... 30 years before I was born. Anyone who calls the "racism" card is probably racist themselves.

    As a college student myself, I think it's great that the scholarship opportunities are opening up to people like my husband and I. Together we make $30K a year. If it weren't for the nonracial Florida Bright Future's Scholarship, how would we make it through school??

    March 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  440. Robert Zajac

    I like this scholarshi­p for 3 reasons.

    #1. It is merit based..You have to have good grades.
    #2. You have to need the money.
    #3. George Bush and people from his culture would not qualify on either count!.

    We need -more- scholarshi­ps that encourage and reward good behavior in white men, and they need more money in them, too.

    We need -less- whiny babies who hate seeing poor people get -anything-.

    March 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  441. jkwaghorne

    When it comes to poverty and homelessness, Texas is in the top 5. These social ills do not prejudice when it comes to race, sex, religion or any other demographic. It is an intellectual impairment to limit ones willingness to give to another in need based strictly on political/social percieved correctness. It is also a shame this report tried to only focus on controversy as oppose to doing a full story on the gaps in our society when it comes to the dispersing of federal monies and these fine people's willingness to help out. CNN...you can do better!

    March 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  442. Craig Norton

    The gentleman on the news clip with Christine speaks the truth. The reason this is a discussion at all proves the bigotry, prejudices, and racists feelings many in America experience today. Prejudice: that "white people" have money. They have privilege, etc.. Truth is, the vast majority of caucasians are not rich and many live, have lived, and will probably continue to live at or near poverty levels. Bigoted: We have multiple financial programs to help people of color. We have the Miss Black America contest, the NAACP, LULAC, etc., and nobody cries foul yet as soon as there's mention of something to benefit caucasians suddenly we must discuss it and see why? And racism: because we are even having the discussion. Why something to benefit qualified caucasian males? We dare bring up the past, AGAIN?. Fact is, this generation of caucasian males bares no responsibility for actions or lack of of generations past. And I disagree with Christine; not as recently as 30 years-ago. A great many people of color were in college 30 years ago. In fact, President Obama was nearing the age for college, and he is the now generation. Obama is not the first to succeed and reach higher ground in this country, nor shall he be the last. In fact, he would meet the 25% requirement for this particular scholaship. As far as the amount of scholarship, I believe it should be near to equal other likewise scholarships. And for those who may be nervous, I would say their feelings are based in racism, prejudice, and bigotry. This generation of caucasian males owe nothing for past generations. Anyone can blame their failures and misfortunes on the past, and they can choose to live that way and lay blame. But the fact is, today one must be responsible of their own choices because that's what it boils down to; one's own choices. One can choose to live in the past, or live in the now.

    March 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  443. Justin Turnage

    Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. I've seen a lot of comments in here about forgetting the past and I have to mention a couple of things.

    1. The majority of white students today weren't alive before or during the civil rights movement, people who think today's generations need to contribute to repenting for the sins of the past need to stop.

    2. We need to remember the past so repetition can be avoided.

    That said, until we learn how to take the race box off of applications, things like this are necessary. There are now potential options for everyone and it needs to stay that way until we can learn what "equal" actually means.

    With ethnic, sexual orientation, affirmative action, etc based prerequisites we are very much living in an "equal but separate" society and will not move past that until we, as a society, can turn a blind eye to everything but the merit that deserves whatever it is you are applying for.

    Also discrimination against whites is not "reverse discrimination", its just plain, good old fashioned discrimination.

    March 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  444. Janet

    I think it is about time someone does something for the white men.We have Black expo,Naacp ,Miss black America and ,so on .I don't see Miss white America or white expo .Whats far for one group should be fair for all.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  445. Craig Norton

    There is a great deal of hypocracy afoot when people discuss racial relations. And it seams that it is nearly politically correct now days to oppress caucasians. The correspondent commenting on this scholarship program, for example; she posed the question: "Isn't this like taking a step backwards?" Perhaps, if you believe all caucasian males are privileged, that they all owe a debt (moral or otherwise), to people of color, and that they should not enjoy the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. She's a hypocrite. And a racist; one could see it bubbling out of her in her speech and body language. This generation of caucasians, and especially caucasian males owe her nor any other person of color anything. And if she cannot recognize the need for this scholarship then she's visually impaired as well. For that matter, one would do good to think for oneself, for a change, because being "politically correct" is akin to having others think for you instead of having one's own thoughts and convictions. For example, Negroes these days demand they be classified as "African Americans" yet how many were actually born in Africa? Furthermore, wouldn't people born in Egypt then be African Americans, or Lybia, or Morocco? African Amercians can be any color; my caucasian sister is African Amercian, born in Casablanca, Morocco, and is as caucasian as I. But she is truly African American by birth. Thusly, wouldn't all caucasians equally be catorgorized as European-Americans, because their not Native Americans. No, they are white, or caucasian, and black or negro (the name often used by MLK when describing blacks). People should look to the future rather than the rearview mirror.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  446. anonyous1234

    There is nothing wrong with this. There are scholarships for Black people, Asian, Hispanic etc. Why not one for White people. For those who are stuck in the past, get over it. Slavery was a bad idea and I am glad it's over, it never should have happened. The NAACP and other organizations were needed and they are still good organizations. I am all for programs for different races. Why would a program for the Caucasian race be a bad idea? The Caucasian people today were not the ones that ruled over the slaves 150 years ago. Those people are all dead. Let's move on. White people should not be penalized for their skin color any more than a Black person should be. It's wrong to discriminate against anyone because of their skin color. Discriminating against White people is just as wrong as discriminating against Black people.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  447. Di

    The name of the organization is troublesome. The Former Majority... It suggests that White people are losing their rights. That is so far from the truth. It suggests that they are losing power and in trouble. Education statistics show that Black and Latino males have the highest drop-out rates to this day. Not White males. Blacks and Latinos have higher incarceration rates. The list of current inequalities with supporting factual data and statistics can go on and on.

    Scholarships targeting minorities are merely attempting to even the playing field. So the argument why have a Latino or Black scholarship fund and not a White male scholarship fund seems somewhat unfair. Whites as a racial class are still currently the majority and still, no matter what their financial positioning in society, benefit from White privilege and entitlement.

    It seems to me that everyone thinks we've achieved the status of a post-racial America where inequalities based on the intersections of gender, race, class, religion and sexual orientation do not exist. Clearly not the case with all the crazy antics post-Obama's election into the White House and the ongoing hate crimes against racial minorities and LGBTQ individuals. Did everyone forget what happened in Pennsylvania to a Latino man? His attackers only got 9 years in prison for the crime. DId everyone forget that most of the major bullying this year surrounded LGBTQ youth? The list of current craziness surrounding marginalized groups can go on and on.

    I'm fully onboard with supporting scholarship funds for low-income students, male or otherwise, and war veterans, male or otherwise. These groups deal with many struggles. But to say that White males are the Former Majority and suggests with this scholarship that you are trying to remedy the lack of support they receive seems, quite honestly, skewed and unreal.

    The scholarship clearly already exists and it will probably get even more support and donations now from White individuals who fear they are losing power in this country. They do not have to be associated with a group of White Supremacists to be a White supremacist or White person who in private fears their racial group is losing power and authority in this country. Which, would still make them a White supremacist.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  448. alex

    How is this a step back. There are plenty of scholarships out there for every race. African American only scholarships, there are many of those how is that not a step back. To say we are going to go back to white only water fountains and buildings is a completely outrageous comment to make. If someone has the money to do this how can you infringe on the right to do so saying that it is wrong.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  449. ElChino

    I'm an Asian male physician and I think this is fine. I can sort of sympathize with them (white males) as we Asian males tend to be denied of many things as well in academia due to our overrepresentation. I also would like to see the repeal of Affirmative Action and commend California for doing away with this, which, I believe, have made our universities stronger, fairer.

    March 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  450. Winston Davis

    Ultimately, we may have a history of whites in control of the country, but honestly, few whites today benefited or made their money off of discrimination or even lived in a time where there still was segregation. We can't keep punishing the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren because their ever-more distant ancestors did something wrong. Not to mention the whites who immigrated after segregation......

    March 1, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
  451. Nikki from MN

    All I can say is about time! My husband who is finally going to graduate from college applied for every scholarship he felt he had a chance to apply. Some he was denied due to not meeting one or more criteria but some he was denied for no reason at all! The ones he was denied for were ones that supposidly were fair for everyone no matter your race, age, gender, etc. Yet he couldn't get a scholaship if he was the last person on the list all because he is an average white male and thanks to minorities in this country, that means that he must have better access to funds and is apparenty the last person who will lneed financial help. For years we have both complained that being an average white male in america is the worst possible person to be especialy if you are middle class.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  452. craig

    I am an African American man and I really dont see a problem in offerring a scholorship for White Males only. Every ethnic group in America should have a strong sense of pride.Every group should continue to perpetuate growth in their individual cultures, in a positve manner . Education is a very positive means of giving back . We all need a good solid education no matter who you are or where you come from . I applaud their efforts and I am comfortable enough in my skin to say it ok.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  453. Tek

    This would make since if there were not already a host of scholarships that by default are already white male only. This guy acts like his scholarship exists in a vacuum where no money exist to help white males get an education if they want. His appeal is self serving when he says that he's not interested in white supremicist money or political agendas. If he wanted to help poor white males then why not go for a financial need scholarship based on a particular city or town. We are still a segregated society so if he wanted He feeds it even if his intention is to educate. it which case he does more harm than good. there is no such thing as reverse racism. poor poor white people. wake up, wake up and then we can really deal with the issue of race and class so that all of us can do our best regardless of race and class.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  454. Charles Campbell

    I have no issue with a whites only scholarship, just please don't ask me to shed a tear over the plight of the "poor white man" in America. I am old enough to remember segregation in Chicago, ie "whites only" restaurants, neighborhoods, bathrooms, schools, etc. When I was only 9 years old I was attacked and stoned by white kids as I came home from school because we had moved into an "all white neighborhood". If white men had not created a racist, segregated, unequal society in the first place we would not have any of these problems to deal with. I find it ironic that white men now reap what they have sown. They too now know what it feels like to dine at the table of inequality.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  455. Candice

    I am a while female college student and I could not be happier that a scholarship opportunity such as this has come along. I cannot tell you how many times I look to apply for a scholarship only to find almost 80% of them are minority based scholarships: male or female. I fully support a white male only scholarship, in fact- I think there should be many more like it. Hispanic and Africa Americans are not the only type of people in need!
    At my college they are having a "Minority Male Day" with workshops and lectures. This is obviously directed in particular to Hispanics and African Americans and that is not right. Why can't it simply be for all males? I would like to see some white males attending, because white males are turning into the minority.
    Lastly, I find it extremely wrong for April Ryan to compare this scholarship to the terrible time of segregation and racism from our countrys past by stating "it's like we are moving backwards". That woman should think about the gravity of her statements. How dare she compare a white male only scholarship to such a terrible extreme. Very upsetting. Some people are SO closed minded and it needs to CHANGE! I would like to say to her: "With reverse racism and people like you, no wonder we are not moving forward!"

    March 1, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  456. craig

    Every young person no matter what back ground with a sincere desire to learn should be afforded the opportunity for education in America. The unfortunate thing is as we talk about something as positve as education just from reading the blog racist overtones are starting to seem out. Come on Guys on just has nothing to do with the other.

    Some of you have posted statement that non whites get money for education ....please keep in mind that it is not... Because of the color of their skin but because of the lack of content in their pockets... this strictly a socio economical issue.
    Monorities of middle and upper class back grounds face the same issues of finding money for school.

    On the other hand we should not assume that all white male are in socio economic classes that will allow them to pay for their on education. Many good people have made education possible for me and guess what ....they werent all Black. He I think I am gonna contribute....Let's remove hate and insecurity from this issue. You may the contributing to the education of a young man who may change the world in tremendous ways

    March 1, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  457. Justin H

    I am a white male who graduated from high school with a 3.07 GPA. At that time the only scholarships available to me were the same ones available to virtually every student in the country. Scanning through books of scholarships you could find something for virtually every ethnic, religious, racial, gender, and other groups. But there was virtually nothing for a white male.

    I understand how the idea of a "white male only" scholarship can invoke a negative image. But the reality is poor and lower middle class white males are a group that is undeserved in terms of financial aid. Unless we're going to make free access to public universities and colleges a right or citizenship just like public schools, we have to face the reality that most college students need help paying for college. And the white males of this country should have equal access to scholarships like every other group.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  458. Matt

    I am a white male. In the mid 90's I went to a private college in California. I could not get any funding for school, other than loans. I must admit, I did get a tiny scholarship for living in the same town as the school. They really had to dig down deep to try to help me because there was nothing available. My Chinese and black friends were really embarrassed, they said so much. They were getting $20,000 per year because they were 4th and fifth generation Americans, but happened to be Chinese and black.

    I don't really support it at the gender level however. (And remember I am a white male) There are equally needy white females for every equally needy white male, possibly more. That's my only fault with the scholarship. If they make that change, it would be much more fair.

    I would suggest a grassroots campaign. Just think...there were nearly 500 comments at this time, and over 95% were supportive. Where do we see such a high supporting ratio on what I believe was intended to be a controversial interview. If each one of those people sent in fifty dollars to a reputable well managed scholarship foundation, instead of sending it to corrupt governments i.e. the Haiti earthquake, or Pakistan floods funds (as we all know those funds do not reach them as AC360 shows it everyday) just think about it. Immediately we would allow a massive and largely undeserved scholarship sector to be fulfilled. And guess what.....WE WOULD FUND OUR OWN KIND (Americans, not white lol) AND THOSE EDUCATED PEOPLE WOULD ALLOW AMERICANS TO GO TOE TO TOE (and then some) WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD INSTEAD OF 58TH OR WHATEVER. That means jobs folks. Jobs Jobs Jobs.

    Of course it has to be grassroots and well managed, with highly respected and qualified management team. Because as soon as it get political, the stuff will hit the fan and get all messed up.

    Virgin poster, so please excuse the length of my first post.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:21 am |
  459. John Linville

    Does that lady realize, what she was saying was: It's ok if we discriminate against you, but you can't discriminate against us. But even more, it wasn't meant to be a discriminatory thing. It was just meant to help out the poor white male who can't get a scholarship any where else.

    March 2, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  460. Josalyn

    I can't believe the audacity of April Ryan or the ridiculous "historical" painful past argument in this segment. So it's ok to have groups like the NAACP, but not all white groups. It's ok to have hispanic and black segregated scholarships, but not white scholarships. Blacks are not the only ones with painful pasts in the world, or even in the United States. Ryan talks about repeating the past, well why doesn't she study it. The Irish, the Chinese, the hispanic, and even religious groups have all been singled out, abused, beaten and used as slaves. Indentured servants and child labor took place in the US too. Blacks are not the only poor members of society or the downtrodden and they are no longer the minority group in many cases. Ryan portrays and promotes segregation in this country by supporting all black groups and putting down others. This is outrageous.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  461. terence

    The social pendulum starts to swing back...hopefully.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  462. lov611

    I am a black woman and understand the concept of this scholarship. HOWEVER, I do not understand or condone such a defeatist and insulting attitude as "I lost out on a job/scholarship/promotion because I'm (insert ethnicity here)." I hate hearing it from black people, and I hate hearing it from white people. Not only is it defeatist and REEKS of entitlement, but it is insulting to the person who did receive it. Have any of you ever considered that you didn't get a job/scholarship/promotion because the other person was just a better candidate? I say this a black woman who finished high school (many years ago) at the top of her class with a top 5% SAT score and both local and national academic awards...only to hear the same white classmates who would ask me to tutor them make such hateful comments as "they only gave it to you because you were black" when I got into Stanford and Harvard. Um...how about I worked my BUTT off and you didn't? Why is that so tough for you to admit?
    Two Stanford degrees and an MBA later, with RACKS of professional and civic awards to my name, I STILL hear that "I lost out to you because you were black" mess from white colleagues. EXCUSE ME? I work VERY hard and I am VERY good at what I do, and I have the business financials to prove it. It makes me wonder if on some level, some (not all) white people just flat out think they are better than minorities no matter what.
    I say this to say that the REAL issue is not the scholarship. It's the attitude behind it. When ANYONE says "I didn't get this because of my ethnicity", they should think about what they are saying about themselves and how they are slighting the person who received the award. Don't be a defeatist! Don't be entitled! Work hard, pray often, and blessings will come your way in God's time.

    March 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  463. Rob G

    Throughout history differing groups have been suppressed. When European immigrants came, many were indentured as slaves. When Indian culture was desecrated, many captured were enslaved. When Asian's migrated many were, and still are, enslaved. When Africans came to the America's, many amongst them were also enslaved. This is not unique to any single race, although some would like us to believe that they are unique and we should believe so. Many groups benefited when the civil rights laws were enacted to correct horrific inequalities being exhibited against differing races, religions, and beliefs. Valuable scholarships have been created to benefit many secular groups. An example are those created for the NAACP. When an individual expresses an opposing opinion to white males creating a scholarship program to benefit less advantaged people of Caucasian origin, I believe that that’s a very good example of the racist attitude so many have fought to eradicate form our country.

    March 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  464. Jo L

    OMG, OMG, you really think if you ask for money to support white M getting an education you will be able to stop the KKK etc. supporting this movement. What? they are gunna say " I am a white supremest and I want to give you my money." NOT

    March 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  465. Don Dillinger

    People can't compare this to black scholarships and All Black Colleges.. The reason for those is the years of oppression, the unequal but equal mentality that went on for over 400 years .. That is the reason it is in place to give a level playing field..

    Now there are many all white colleges like Yale and Harvard, Princeton.. etc..

    Now I can care less about the white only scholarship.. I mean, will many need it or actually use it? I would like to see how many people use this scholarship..

    Whites already get scholarships... It's just the fact that they don't have one exclusively for them...

    So on one point I really don't care and the other point seems pretty silly and useless..

    Now in this time, it's unfair that blacks have scholarships made for them and whites don't? I see it as paid for in blood and terror of slavery, discrimination and other senseless acts based on race..

    In this day and age many people try to omit slavery and the treatment of blacks from American history like forget about it, it never happened.. That was centuries ago, but slavery and fear from those days are in the black societies bloodline.. in their genes... It will never go away..

    So what's being fair all about?
    How much money is this guy getting off the top?

    March 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  466. Brooke

    The problem the lies in the all white scholarship versus African- American scholarships is the reasonings for why the scholarship exists. Most "black" scholarships are presented to the Historically Underrepresented population. This means that they offer funding for those who have historically been denied assistance. This scholarship for all white males, is merely a ploy for white men to continue to be a majority. Unlike other cultural scholarships it isn't in efforts to offer the surround helping students make it to the top it's in efforts to keep white men at the top.

    March 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  467. Susan

    College aged guys today were born and have grown up during the "You go girl" culture of the '80s and '90s. College enrollments reflect the results of that, with often much higher than 50% enrollment being female. Having two sons in college now, we have seen many scholarships available for women and/or minorities only. There should be more need-based scholarships for all kids that have worked hard, scored high and achieved much during high school, not just females and minorities.

    March 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  468. LD

    Al Williams, are you serious? Do you think white men should have to serve in the military to get benefits and college scholarships?

    He's clearly not doing this for purely selfish reasons, unless he is paying himself a lot of money on the payroll of the NFP. Setting up something like this seems like a logical step if he felt he had few options himself in funding his education.

    I don't read anger in his expression at any point during his interview. I think your post is motivated by a pre-existing agenda.

    With that said, I have mixed feelings about this NFP, although the founder makes some good points.

    March 2, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  469. Roger Stephen Roth

    I don't think there is anything wrong with giving everyone opportunities with scholarships. I know blacks and Latinos and other minorities have scholarships which are exclusively made for them, so seeing scholarship for poor white kids is a good thing. I do have to say though that i don't agree though with affirmative action and i think it is one of the things we should change in this country because i don't believe in giving preferences to someone just because that person is a minority or from this background and so forth. In my opinion i think that the playing field should be based on equal merit and accomplishments that define on whether or not a student gets accepted to a certain university. I think if they do this it will stop people from complaining about reverse racism against whites given for many years especially in the United States of America now minorities have had a much easier time to get money or preferences to major universities in which Caucasian white students who have really good grades have to work twice as hard to be accepted into a major university. If i was to compete for a scholarship or for a entry to a university i would want to know that i got in because on the grounds of equal merit and because i worked hard to get in and i deserved to, and not because of pampering and special treatment. This is what i believe is fair, that when it comes to it competition has to be equally based on merit i strongly believe and what the student has accomplished to be accepted into a university.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  470. Ryan

    Having come from similar circumstances....and being at least 25% caucaisan...I could have benefited from this scholarship. I applied myself and worked hard through my college career at a Texas university(ranked 2000 something in the world) to succeed, now I am a postgraduate at Imperial College London(ranked 7th in the world) continuing my educational and professional ambitions. I didn't qualify for many scholarships during my undergrad based on my parents income(40k/year). I made excellent grades and the few financial awards I recieved were based on merit only.

    Young people in America (pre college to 30's) do not understand why there is still so much emphasis on race in getting into college and recieving help. I attended a predominatly hispanic and black university starting out and eveyone there was awarded moneis based on their ethnicity who were in the same income bracket and background I came from. Yes anyone can recieve student loans which I used and still use to this day but this idea is a step towards leveling the playing field of todays competitive university and market system...not the playing field of 30 years ago. Times have changed and this is just another method for helping out those in need...as I once was.

    This thread and video is grotesquely named since the scholarship only requires 25% proof of caucasian decent. Even Obama could recieve this scholarship. I love when the media isn't objective or omits to state all the facts.

    Quit playing the race card buck up. Its 2011.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  471. Michael P

    I graduated from NYU in 2008, I am white male who came from a lower-middle class background. Currently, I am in a huge amount of debt because there were not scholarships that catered to my group. I applied for a number of scholarships while in college, only later to be told that the reason I did not receive these financial rewards was because I was not from an "underrepresented group." By looking at ONLY race in this discussion, you are enacting the same kind of antiquated practices that you are criticizing from the past. My family came to this country during the early 20th century and were blue collar workers (and they are still blue-collar workers). They never "controlled" anything. To claim that i had an advantage in school or that my family did not need the financial help simply because of my skin color is, at best neglectful, and at worst, insulting and helping to fuel a new breed of inequality. To say that "white men" ruled this country is only partially true – RICH white men ruled this country. Please take that into account when you ask poor white people to assume copious amounts of debt – given imited scholarship opportunities because they don't fit into an "underrepresented group" based solely on race, no Socio-economic status – to foot the ever-growing bill of college alone!

    March 4, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  472. Ken

    Just because the scholarship isn't politically correct, that doesn't mean it is wrong. CNN has not interviewed a single person with valid, constructive arguments that are not hypocritical and do not rely on the "minorities have suffered in the past" argument.

    March 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  473. lucky2bme

    After viewing the video, I see nothing wrong with scholarships aimed at needy white men. Just about every group needs financial relief these days. If this spokesperson is representative of his group, good for him. By the way, I'm a "minority."

    March 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  474. Cody G

    You know, the one major argument against this is "remember our history. white supremacy forty years ago. blah blah blah".

    In case you're not aware, I'm 22. I wasn't around forty years ago. What happened back then is tragic to be certain, but why should I have to pay for my ancestors mistakes? When I was applying for scholarships four years ago, very, VERY few of them applied to me as it was. And then after seeing plenty of black scholarships, asian scholarships, jewish scholarships, female scholarships, all kinds of demographic scholarships except white scholarships and male scholarships, left me with hardly anything to apply for.

    Don't you dare tell me it's unfair to have a scholarship for white men just because our country was at social civil war decades before I was even born.

    March 5, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  475. Florence

    For Al Williams: If you are in the military no matter what race, you are entitled to the GI bill if you meet the service requirements. If you do not go into the military, what options do white males have? Black men (notice I said black and not African American) have the United Negro College Fund. What is wrong with there being one for white men? Let’s be fair now.

    For JPatton: So should this country just continue to dig this hole that they have dug trying to make up for something that the white man didn’t really have anything to do with yet are being punished on a daily basis. If you want to talk about taking us back 50 years, read your history books – wealthy blacks sold their poorer black brethren into slavery. Why should the white man still be paying for the wealthy black man’s mistake? There is nothing racist about this scholarship. There would be something seriously wrong if all races were not equally represented and to this point, that has not happened. There are scholarships for every other race except the white male. If you want to talk un-American, take a look in the mirror. Why do you think people come to America? Land of the free, home of the brave! Endless opportunities for all who enter. For all except the white man that discovered America.

    For Mr. Wesley, thank you. I hope you can educate the young black men you teach into believing in equality for all. God Bless.

    And last but not least – only because I am tired of reading the comments, to neothinker: If you had read your history, the ugly history of America is: Indians lived in these United States before anyone. Columbus discovered America. White men took land from the Indians. Wealthy black men brought their poorer brethren over from Africa to sell to the white man so that they(wealthy black men) could get richer. Result = slavery. Read your history. There were wealthy and powerful black men just like there were wealthy and powerful white men.

    Conclusion: We all live and breathe the same air, we all bleed red, we are not all treated equally. Next time you decide to treat someone different then you expect to be treated, ask yourself why? Am I being nice? Am I setting a good example for my kids. No matter what color, try treating people like you would like to be treated. And don’t forget to be fair.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:15 am |
  476. Dee

    About time!!! Hooray! Can white women have one too?

    March 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  477. Richard Carpenter

    Of course it is offensive; that's the whole point.
    In America we have the RIGHT to be offensive without fear of government interference or punishment. The right to be offensive distinguishes the individualist USA from collectivist Europe.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:19 am |
  478. mjc2000

    "[A]ll are subject by nature to equal laws of morality, and in society have a right to equal laws for their government, yet no two men are perfectly equal in person, property, understanding, activity, and virtue, or ever can be made so by any power less than that which created them … all are subject by nature to equal laws of morality, and in society have a right to equal laws for their government." –John Adams, Discourse on Davila—XV, 1776

    March 11, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  479. Mobeen Mirza

    Check some organizations that would give scholarship for women who may have low in income so they can still finish their studies. However, getting this type of grant ill undergo tough screening as these types of grants will be given to women who are considered to be less fortunate than the others.

    March 23, 2011 at 5:14 am |
  480. Chris Mc White

    I am a black man and I see no problem with this type of scholarship. There are just as many poor white people in America as black if not more in certain regions. I feel that if there's a need to be filled in the name of providing education, let it go forward. There is a reason the United Negro College Fund and organizations like it were formed; to fill a void in educational opportunity to black and brown people. Are we to treat under-served white people any differently?

    July 9, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  481. Jessica Murphey

    I am a white female and a junior in high school. My dad works 2 jobs and my mom is working full time with medical problems and yet we have almost no money for my college education, and yet while looking for scholarships i found very few that i actually qualified for! This scholarship stands up for white people such as myself that are not rich because believe it or not WHITE PEOPLE ARE NOT ALWAYS RICH!!! This scholarship gives me a chance and I'm glad for that.

    November 22, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  482. Fefe

    I am black and personally do not care if there is a "whites only" scholarship. The issue is the name of it. Most financial aid in the US already comes from 100% white owned an operated banks. So technically there are already "white" scholarships. Just because this one says "white" makes it no different than all the rest of them. I see nothing wrong with people in america that want to set this up. It's their business as long as they don't interfere with my life. I am actually more offended by being called a NEGRO in 2012. It is an embarrassment that a black college student has to go ask for "the NEGRO scholarship". I also read that Mr. Lomax who is the CEO of this organization the United "NEGRO" College Fund rakes in over 1 million dollars a year in salary. Shameful!

    February 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  483. Sarah

    Now we need a scholarship for white females out there. I am tired of seeing everyone else getting help and not us. I am white and poor lol the rich white person isn't true for all white people. Everyone wants to be treated equal but it is so far from that. Today minorities are the white people. I am not racist but I really find it embarrassing to have to go into the welfare office and the first question asked are you Hispanic. Test done me and my cousin did a fake application to see what would happen if we were to say on one application we were Hispanic and other we were white with the same financial situations everything was the same except the race. There was a difference in the help we would get. I now refuse to answer race questions which gets you know where as well. I also thought about answering as a Hispanic when I need financial help after all we are from the same creator. I love all people and don't put me in the racist category I am just someone who has noticed some things about this country especially in the area I come from. Really this man is right we are the only group left out of the scholarships because we are labeled as rich because we are white. Look at California if you are white in certain areas it is very hard to get work because the basic requirement is you have to speak Spanish lol if I went to go to Mexico they wouldn't learn my language and then require their people to speak mine so that white people could work for them. There are a lot of things about this country I would love to see adjusted. A huge topic I would love to fight for but don't know how. I understand the struggle for rights but that was so many years ago lets finally be equal. I believe all scholarships should be open to everyone in their own country and should be earned by their grades and hard work academically not by color and sex.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:22 am |
  484. H

    Just as soon as the schools make it equal to go to school will there be equal rights...If you live in America and truly think it's the same to go to school or any other acitivity requiring an entry form you truly need to come back down to reality.
    yeah you can blame Obama for all your in securities that you want but sometimes the truth just hurts..and if your toes are being stepped on then move them...Lets change America to what it really is suppose to be...stop looking for faults and blaming everyone....look at yourself first to see if maybe you need to change....God Bless America...God Bless our President whom ever it may be.....support America and stop being prejudice...The Bush administration rode on President Reagan's campaign...Pres. Reagan did all the dirty work to get us on our feet then the Bush admin just rode it out managing the country not running it there is a difference so don't sit there act like everything is equal....So make it equal to get an education and maybe there won't even have to be any scholarships....God Bless

    April 12, 2012 at 9:21 am |
  485. Valerie

    Let me first say that I am mixed so this is not by any means a biased opinion. When filling out applications for college, jobs, scholarships, etc. one of the components of the application is race. The reason for that is to allegedly assist the person viewing the application with a means of identifying the person being described. I feel that scholarships, jobs, college admission, etc are all unfair because unfortunately race is one of the major components of scholarships. I love this video because although the man's organization offers a scholarship that I will clearly never qualify for, what he says is the truth. Racism is still alive and effects us all. It is time for us to look beyond barriers and offer scholarships because young men and women work hard despite financial hardships. Not because a person is black, white, indian, hispanic, etc. It is a wate of time to even set standards like that because it excludes hard working individuals. I do see that their organization offeres white male only scholarships. I would say as many ethnicities that exclude the white man, why not. It is justified. However in my opinion it does not solve the problem of inequality. It just makes it easier on one side.

    June 19, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
  486. William

    Updated list.

    10 programs available for white men.
    And 3 grants.
    1,000,000,000 available for everyone else.

    White people do not have elegibility. I mean, to everyone else Irish isn't even a reckognizable race. What about greek americans? You think they have money when their country is in so much turmoil? What about Russian Americans? Because your white your automatically rich?

    You think that white guy at the fast food place will be okay later on in life?

    June 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
  487. Sara

    Sounds fair to me. I applied for so many scholarships as a deans list student with fail... All because of being Caucasian. Thankfully I qualify for finacial aid, and yet it does not cover the whole cost... And I do not make enough money to receive a loan even with decent credit. So how is it fair someone who is African American or latino with a 2.8 gpa have more opportunity than someone with a 3.8 gpa? That is racist. It should be whoever tries hardest has the opportunity. Not if your just passing and banking on the col

    July 8, 2012 at 8:30 am |
  488. Kort

    It is about time! I agree with this Scholarship and say keep up the good work and if anyone is upset, uneasy or Nervous about White Men continuing their education, you need to wake up and realize what year it is. All people have the right to continue their schooling, I'm glad that someone finally is helping this (now small) group of the People.

    August 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  489. ali baba

    What about this? Every other ethnic group seems to think it's ok for them to restrict their scholarship on a racial basis.
    Today's Headlines Harvard Gazette Oct 15, 2012

    Chao family gives $40 million to HBS
    A family that sent four daughters through Harvard Business School announced Friday a $40 million gift that will fund scholarships for students of Chinese heritage and support the building of the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center for executive education.

    Harvard may have scholarships for the descendants of certain groups or peoples, but they may have married anyone over the intervening years, that is not RACE based, but family heritage.

    October 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  490. Meg

    I thought we were now living in the 21st century but why is it that there can be scholarships for "women of color"? Is that not being prejudice against all women that are not of color. My daughter and I spent several hours searching the internet for scholarships the other day and I was appalled at how many scholarships there were targeting women of color, there was nothing for white women only, because that would bring on a law suit; why does it not work both ways? I have never been a prejudiced person and I think it is time that all Americans are treated equal. A rich "female of color" should not be any more entitled to a scholarship than a poor white girl. Let's all get into the 21st century and start treating everyone equal, isn't that what the "people of color" have always wanted? I think it is time to give them their wish.

    December 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  491. thriftymother

    In response to: Dennison

    "This is laughable as are many of these posts! Scholarships for white men only? Since when have WHITE MEN ever been disadvantaged in any way? It's their WHITENESS that's given them all that they need to get ahead much to the chagrin of non-whites."

    I was born in West Virginia to a white coal-miner father. My family was very poor, as well as most of the white mountain people we were associated with. Many of my friends left the state to find opportunities elsewhere. Most had no money for college. My dad had to drop out of high school at age 16 to help support his poor white family. His parents could not even afford to buy him shoes. His "whiteness" never gave him any advantage whatsoever.

    December 3, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
  492. Sam

    Has the pendulum swung? Will there be show "What it means to be white in America". Will we see adds that say support you white college fund? Would it be ok if there were people like Al Sharpton who only defended white people?

    December 13, 2012 at 7:20 am |
  493. TIna

    I think that this scholarship is only another piece of the problem. I am a black student in the last semester of my Bachelor's program. have never received a "black-only scholarship" due to the fact that it promotes more segregation than integration. We can not forget that the reason that minorities qualify for many of those kinds of sholarships because of the pain and suffering that was inflicted upon other races by the white race. Like their white only water fountains and rest rooms. It is not about time that this came about because honestly whites started the trend. I would not spend my grants, loans, and scholarships on any school that promoted this kind of behavior, nor waste my time applying for any scholarships that exclude another race. Its immature and irresponsible.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  494. Christina

    I am graduating high school in 2014. I have been looking for scholarship but I can't apply for half of them becaus I am white. People would go crazy if we had a white only scholarship, but it is perfectly acceptable for other races to have their own scholarships. If that is not racism then I don't know what is. There was a time when scholarships like that we're needed but I think it is unnecessary for this day in time. By handing out scholarships based on race is already dividing us into different categories and not making us equal. Scholarships should be bases in your merit alone. We should not even have to put down our race. For everyone's information most white people are not rich like you think. Most of us are on financial aid, partly because it is harder for us to get scholarships because of our race. I am a junior in high school who has good grades but yet it is very hard for me to find scholarships based solely on my race. Explain to me that one!!

    January 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
  495. Bobbie

    Can we find a way to go ahead and start something like The National Association for the Advancement for Caucasion People? A way to start is to find out who would be head of something like this and then go out and get donations. I had the general sense that a lot of people agreed that everyone should have a chance to go to college and not have money hold them back. So lets do it!!

    February 15, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
  496. Abby

    I think this is a FANTASTIC idea!

    and by the way. ive read through these comments. there is a difference between a black person and a nigger. Those of you who have decided your great great great grandma was a slave so you want to rise above the equal and now believe you are BETTER than whites? Nigger. Those RESPECTABLE and geniunely kind hearted professional african americans who fought for the equality and want to keep the equality? You are greatly appreciated in this country. Youre ancestors were beat. not you. You're ancestors earned those special scholarships. Not you. Last i checked you didnt have shackles around YOUR feet. Yet your scholarships by race still exist. So in this time of EQUALITY that YOUR ancestors protested so hard for (and i really do have the utmost respect for them for that) it is only fair if there is a white scholarship too. I am not claiming that whites are a minority. But there is a hell of a lot more money out there for college for african americans that for the caucasians. Don't use the point of your ancestors fighting for EQUALITY of you can't back it up. Because THIS is true equality.

    April 14, 2013 at 11:27 pm |
  497. Santos

    As a Latino, I see nothing wrong with this. White people have seen TV commercials for decades to give to the United Negro College fund.. I am very sure there are scholarships for black people ONLY..

    May 15, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  498. slcttr

    Got news for you, 30 years ago poor white males without the means could not were passed over grants or assistance because of their race...

    July 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
  499. parker

    Sounds like something worth celebrating...NOT!! Has anyone thought to ask why is it that AA's have organizations such as the NAACP,United Negro College Fund and other programs specifically afforded to them and other minorities. Judging by the comments posted the obvious answer is NO... Please do your homework. Reaseach why these programs came into existence.....and for you Einsteins, a white student can attend an AA college or University for almost FREE if not free under a MINORITY scholarship.

    July 13, 2013 at 7:29 am |

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