There are college scholarships available for blacks, Latinos, Asians, women -- just about every group you can think of, except for white men. Well, one new organization has set out to change that.
Called the Former Majority Association for Equality, the Texas-based non-profit will give grants of $500 to any man in the state who is at least "25 per cent Caucasian," has good grades and can demonstrate they need the money for their education.
The group was founded by Colby Bohannan, a former Texas State University student and Iraq War veteran. He claims white men are "excluded" when applying for college and "left out" when it comes to scholarships.
The group's website proclaims:
In a country that proclaims equality for all, we provide monetary aid to those that have found the scholarship application process difficult because they do not fit into certain categories or any ethnic group.
"I'm not sure white males are the majority anymore," Bohannan said. "If everyone else can find scholarships, why are we left out?"
Bohannan admits he is having trouble getting the organization off the ground because at first glance, it seems racist. But he said that is far from the case.
"The board members of FMAFE are not trying to put anyone down or make any race or cultures seem inferior."
He said the group is not taking a stance on affirmative action and has denounced racism. It also will not take donations from hate groups.
"There's a scholarship out there for just about any demographic, except this one," said William Lake, FMAFE’s treasurer. "We realize it's for good reason -- this is a touchy subject."
So far it has raised around $1,600.