“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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