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Some Universities Now Offering ‘Cultural Diversity Scholarships’

Some Universities Now Offering ‘Cultural Diversity Scholarships’

“meant to increase the socio-ethnic diversity of the campuses in question”

How long will it be before someone can actually major in diversity? You know it’s coming.

The College Fix reports:

Multiple universities offer ‘cultural diversity scholarships’

Several institutions of higher education are offering “cultural diversity scholarships” to their students, aid packages meant to increase the socio-ethnic diversity of the campuses in question.

On Utah Valley University’s Multicultural Student Services website, the school displays a quote by James T. Ellison: “The real death of America will come when everyone is alike.” The school’s Cultural Diversity Scholarship, the site states, is meant to “provide students an opportunity to attend Utah Valley University. It is a needs-based scholarship, so specific factors are considered in order to be awarded this scholarship.”

Among those qualifications, interested students must be current Utah residents, have at least a 2.0 grade point average for new and transferring individuals or above a 2.5 GPA for continuing students, and must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours. The scholarship also requires a written essay for admittance.

The essay prompt requests “one page stating your cultural background, what you would do to promote academic, professional, and personal growth within yourself and multicultural students at UVU.” The aid package helps cover the cost of the fall and spring semesters, providing two 1/2 tuition remissions, one to be used each term…

The University of North Dakota provides its own version of a cultural diversity scholarship to interested and qualified students. That school was similarly reluctant to discuss its diversity aid.

Reached via email, the university initially offered a link to the school’s scholarship page, which The Fix had obtained prior to contacting the university. The Fix contacted the school several more times for more information on the scholarship. The school eventually responded that “the information on the page provided is the extent of information regarding this scholarship, which we are proud to offer to our students.”

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Colleges have been giving out race-based and ethnic-based scholarships for at least 40 years. These “cultural diversity” scholarships are nothing new. Strictly speaking, it’s illegal for public schools to base scholarships on race and ethnicity, although most of them do it anyway.

This Utah program is simply a whitewashed statement of what they’ve been doing for many years. I suspect the students who are denied these scholarships might have a good legal case for discrimination, since the scholarship requires a statement of their cultural background.

Createcompassion | June 14, 2019 at 1:35 pm

There are already degrees in diversity. And good ones at that.

Createcompassion | June 14, 2019 at 1:35 pm

There are already degrees in diversity. And good ones at that.

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