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STEM Scholarship at Technical College Allegedly Discriminates Against White Men

STEM Scholarship at Technical College Allegedly Discriminates Against White Men

“You must be a resident of Racine County — and not a white male whose family made over $50,000 last year.”

If any other group was treated this way, this school would be front page, national news.

The College Fix reports:

For this STEM scholarship, middle-income white males ineligible to apply, all others welcome

On the shore of Lake Michigan in bucolic southeastern Wisconsin, Gateway Technical College recently announced an attractive scholarship opportunity for its STEM students.

The scholarship, the SC Johnson STEM Scholars Program provided by SC Johnson, “the Family Company,” has a total value of $45,000 after four years.

To break it down, the program offers recipients $7,500 per year for their two years at Gateway.

Come graduation and transfer to a four-year program, awardees receive $7,500 per year, plus a guaranteed matching amount from the school they transferred to. It’s a potentially life-altering opportunity for young people to enter a lucrative and fulfilling career field.

The only catches? You must be a resident of Racine County — and not a white male whose family made over $50,000 last year.

The income requirement exists only for white men. Women and minorities, no matter how wealthy their families may be, are eligible for the scholarship.

That also means rich white women and Asian men — two well-represented groups in STEM — are also as eligible for the scholarship as low-income African-American students.

To better understand the reasoning behind these troubling and seemingly discriminatory requirements, The College Fix reached out to Gateway Tech and SC Johnson for clarification.

It was noted in the interview request that Asian men are likewise overrepresented in STEM relative to their share of the general population but are not held to the same income restrictions as white men.


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henrybowman | June 23, 2021 at 5:35 pm

This is the way America was meant to work. Private people and private organizations, entirely permitted by their constitutional rights to be as racist and/or stupid as they choose to be.

Look at the benefits. We now know that SC Johnson has no objection to crude, overt racism; and either can’t think a problem through, or think that it’s more profitable to pander to woke racists than to embark on a program that is eventually going to crater embarrassingly and make them look stupid.

And we needed no subtle investigation at all to make them sew this label on for all to see… like voluntarily getting a big L tattooed on their own forehead.

    artichoke in reply to henrybowman. | June 24, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    I’m sure this technical college doesn’t get any federal grants and its students don’t receive Federal Student Aid. In that case they’re free to discriminate!

    Otherwise, not so much.

      henrybowman in reply to artichoke. | June 24, 2021 at 7:36 pm

      I’m almost sure they do. They would have to screen out students on dependent Social Security benefits, SNAP, Medicaid, GI Bill, and a host of other “hidden” assistance. Hillsdale College has written extensively about the minutiae they have to screen for in order to be 100% immune to arbitrary federal mandates.

      “In 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Grove City v. Bell that any educational institution enrolling even one student using federal taxpayer funds would classify as a “recipient” of those funds and become subject to the entire range of federal regulations.”