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Posted at 2:46 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Texas group launches scholarship exclusively for white males

By Jenna Johnson
Jenna Johnson

The application for a $500 scholarship from the Former Majority Association for Equality looks pretty much like all the others out there. Well, except for this eligibility requirement: "Male - No less than 25% Caucasian."

Yes, the Texas-based nonprofit organization has launched a scholarship for white men. Members of the group, which goes by FMAFE, say they aren't racist and "have no hidden agenda to promote racial bigotry or segregation," according to their Web site. Instead, they say their goal is to provide financial aid to white men who might not qualify for other scholarships.

"FMAE's existence is dedicated around one simple principle, to provide monetary aid for education to white males who need it," the group's mission statement reads.

The president of the nonprofit is Colby Bohannan, a Texas State University mass communication student and Iraq war veteran who said he had difficulty finding money to pay for college, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Bohannan told the newspaper he "felt excluded" when looking for scholarships.

"If everyone else can find scholarships, why are we left out?" Bohannan said. Bohannan told the paper the organization has a nine-member volunteer board that includes three women, one Hispanic and one African American.

In addition to being male and at least one-quarter Caucasian, applicants are required to have at least a 3.0 GPA and "demonstrate a commitment to education, and substantiate financial need," according to the Web site. The group is taking donations, although it says it will not accept money from any organizations affiliated with white supremacy or hate groups. So far, FMAFE reports it has raised more than $2,500.

The group plans to award $500 scholarships to at least five men for the fall semester. As of Thursday, when the American-Statesman article published, the group had not received any applications.

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By Jenna Johnson  | February 28, 2011; 2:46 PM ET
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Comments

I'm as liberal as the come, but is there a point in making a big deal out of this? There are racial AND gender qualifications for many scholarships out there. There are scholarships for tall women. There are scholarships for short men. There are scholarships for people over 60. There are scholarships for all kinds of people. White men can come from disadvantaged backgrounds and have financial need to further their education, too. I feel this is a non-issue.

Posted by: NickMB | February 28, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Jesse and Al are on their way to Austin...

Posted by: lifeisgoodtoday | February 28, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

As a white person in Texas may I ask a quick question: When you apply for this do you have to starch your white robes and pointy white hoods????
As for this guy being an Iraq veteran:
If you're a veteran you can use the GI bill and if you are a disabled vet you can get more help.

So, as to the argument white men can't get scholarships or financial aid -- well, heifer dust.... (an old cowboy expression for b s)

as they say down in Texas -- that dog don't hunt....

Posted by: abbydelabbey | February 28, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Years ago, I worked for the Federal Gov't. This was in a time of affirmative action. Frankly, white males did not enhance an agency's minority statistics and just were not hired if there was a qualified minority applying for the job. Now, in this economic climate, I have no problem with a scholarship to assist a caucasian with a scholarship. There are other scholarships targeted for other ethnic groups. There are a lot of young, white males falling through the cracks who were born in poverty with no way out. What's the difference? If the Federal Gov't can allow a group called Blacks in Government to exist and not call it a racist group, then why not a scholarship for young, white males who need the assistance in going to college. Aren't we supposed to be color blind at this point?

Posted by: 78vette | February 28, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

One quarter Caucasian? how many African-Americans in the US are not at least one-quarter Caucasian?

They should go back to the good ol' stand-by; the One Drop rule. Keep it PURE! (For those of you who are irony-impaired, that was sarcasm.)

Posted by: Arachnae | February 28, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

a) I'm all for this.

b) 78vette, I'm still looking for MY affirmative action.

Posted by: gbooksdc | March 1, 2011 12:12 AM | Report abuse

This newspaper makes a big deal out of the fact that whites are becoming a minority (never mind that the huge increase in Hispanic population is in large part due to illegal aliens who come to the U.S. specifically to reproduce). So what's the big deal about a scholarship for whites? Other races and ethnicities have had their affirmative action day.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | March 1, 2011 2:12 AM | Report abuse

If Ted Haggard can start a scholarship program for chronic masturbators, Newt Gingrich one for serial adulterers, Bill Clinton one for exhibitionists, why can't these texas gaubachos start one for their kind ... I mean without having to hear complaints from all the other self-righteous droids out there ... what's wrong with it?

Posted by: eezmamata | March 1, 2011 6:08 AM | Report abuse

Well whites are now a minority there so it makes sense to me...but of course this will be racist... I can't wait till the Latinos and Blacks are in the majority and we can finally have white history month...kidding. The demonization of white males continues...

Posted by: mjandrews8 | March 1, 2011 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Years ago, I worked for the Federal Gov't. This was in a time of affirmative action. Frankly, white males did not enhance an agency's minority statistics and just were not hired if there was a qualified minority applying for the job. Now, in this economic climate, I have no problem with a scholarship to assist a caucasian with a scholarship. There are other scholarships targeted for other ethnic groups. There are a lot of young, white males falling through the cracks who were born in poverty with no way out. What's the difference? If the Federal Gov't can allow a group called Blacks in Government to exist and not call it a racist group, then why not a scholarship for young, white males who need the assistance in going to college. Aren't we supposed to be color blind at this point?

Posted by: 78vette | February 28, 2011 3:19 PM

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"Aren't we supposed to be color blind at this point?"

You just answered your own question! Duh!!

Posted by: TheChampisheretoo | March 1, 2011 8:03 AM | Report abuse

It was only a matter of time. What took y'all so long? Get rid of all the pre-tense, at least you did't have it under the farce that it was for everyone and only white males would win.

Now let the bias of your own race become an issue such as "poor white trash" need not apply. Let's be honest, the caucasian group have their own issues, classes and racial structures. So, let the in-fighting begin and everyone else stay back and watch this white on white attack.

Just wait and watch the implosion when a Yankee applies for the scholarship and Rebel Yell objects.

Posted by: PowerandPride | March 1, 2011 8:48 AM | Report abuse

How do you show you are one-quarter Caucasian?

Posted by: jimward21 | March 1, 2011 9:00 AM | Report abuse

An army veteran is having a hard time getting a educational scholarship? Isn't the military supposed to fund his education? I have two friends (both white women) who are doctors in the army. They both got full rides to their medical schools on account of the military paying their tuition. They had to serve a minimum of eight years to be eligible (both are still serving).

Posted by: linz2 | March 1, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Location: Deep South-Southwest, in a state where they have been monkeying around with the history in the textbooks. Coincidence? I don't think so. Someone truly concerned about "discrimination" would simply launch a scholarship open to all. When the composition of the Congress looks like the composition of the country I will drop my guard, but not until then. Composition of country: 50% women. Number of women presidents: 0. Is Congress 50% women? Etc.

Posted by: cmckeonjr | March 1, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Oh please. We all know why that black/latino kid got into an ivy. Want people not to think that way? Abolish affirmative action. Tired of people complaining about the majority of football coaches being white; do you see people complaining about the team being predominantly black?

Seems to me affrimative action is more of an insult than anything. They expect you to be inferior, how nicely condescending.

White people suffer so much from reverse racism it's not even funny. Well, they don't have to get 2400 on the sats like the Asians do, but you get what I mean.

Posted by: kminsang | March 1, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL! But it's only $500! So you only need one white grandparent, huh? Hmmm, let me see if I can find someone with one white grandparent and 3 black grandparents to apply for the scholarship.

Posted by: forgetthis | March 1, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

For anyone apposed to such assistance for white males, I would suggest some light homework. Research the statistics for enrollment at all colleges and universities in the U.S., along with enrollment at all medical and law schools. Then, research the employment levels of white males in the real estate, retail banking, marketing, advertising, teaching, government, (local,state, and federal levels), media, health care, biomedical research, and non-profit sectors. Finally, as you relax and watch television this evening, count the advertising commercials with negative portrayals of white males versus positive. Then return and post your objective, unbiased response.

Posted by: becket2 | March 1, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse


It worked! This scholarship idea generated more publicity than one could have hoped for this group's POV. It is clear that racial set asides are antithetical to the American ideal but they seem to be entrenched in institutions in which they should be fading away 50 years after the civil rights movement. Only $500 bucks brings the idea up. That was smart thinking.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 1, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Here's a novel concept. Why don't we just get rid of racial qualifiers for scholarships all together and base it purely on merit and financial need?

What, I can dream, can't I?

Posted by: scrich | March 1, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Any free money is good money. Go for it.

Posted by: fsmt1760 | March 1, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse


It's time to end all racial and gender preferences in America.

Posted by: googleguy | March 1, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

$100--woohoo, don't spend it all in one place. Morons.......

Posted by: Miles0011 | March 1, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

$500--woohoo, don't spend it all in one place. Morons.......

Posted by: Miles0011 | March 1, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I'll be sure and note the name of anyone who accepts this scholarship (if the hate group publicizes it, if indeed this isn't a hoax), to ensure that he never lives it down.

Posted by: ktheintz | March 1, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Low-income white males are the most discriminated-against group in the US today.

SOURCE: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/19/opinion/19douthat.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1299005653-ndOeMCjG9hE5+loDkfLsTQ

To all of your posters who are offended by the idea of white males acting like an oppressed minority, I have one thing to say to you:

"You should have thought of that before you decided to make us into an oppressed minority."

Posted by: pmendez | March 1, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Live from Los Angeles! As an Asian-American my parents who are Conservative Republicans would agree with this type of program. In California in all the major UC and Cal State schools especially in the Engineering, Sciences, and Business Schools there are way too many Asian people! UCLA, UC Berkley, San Francisco State, Cal Tech in Pasadena California and to some extent the private schools University of Southern California and Stanford University! I was rejected by the UCLA admissions because my GPA was lower what was expected of an Asian-American which forced me to go outside California to a conservative state and university where the student population was mostly white. My mother who was a corporate attorney taught at the UCLA MBA School as well the UCLA Law School and was shocked by my rejection. Within my mother's graduate level class, the Asian students had poor writing skills as compared to the White students and showed poor leadership skills in terms of the oral interviews which is a good indication that one will not get along in the business and political world. A lot of those Asian students received A's in the subject they are good in such as math and science. My mother understands all this because it does discriminate the white students when schools take into account how high the GPA or the higest score on the graduate level test which does not measure leadership! Schools in wanting to accept students should altogether scrap this meritocracy and take into account other consideration that will factor into a students success because it is leading into tribalism in this country!!!

Posted by: big_bors | March 1, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Aren't veterans able to get their educations financed through veterans affairs?

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | March 1, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Aren't veterans able to get their educations financed through the GI Bill?

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | March 1, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

s a white person in Texas may I ask a quick question: When you apply for this do you have to starch your white robes and pointy white hoods????
As for this guy being an Iraq veteran:
If you're a veteran you can use the GI bill and if you are a disabled vet you can get more help.
So, as to the argument white men can't get scholarships or financial aid -- well, heifer dust.... (an old cowboy expression for b s)
as they say down in Texas -- that dog don't hunt....


REALLY? Is that what they say in some farm in Texas?? I can see your well on your way to an academic career...

Posted by: mark0004 | March 1, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

It's about time.

And the beef I have is that white males have been severely under-served in the wake of strangulation-style feminism, to the point of overshoot, having no need for men whatsoever.

Hopefully you have seen that the female counterpart is nihilistic, and have no problem with making schools a women's only proposition - it's already happening.

Time to shoot back, fellas.

no, you don't have to actually HIT one.

They still pretty much own the legal system, so don't actually assault them.

The legal system, and the favoritism to women is the next thing to get fixed, folks.

Posted by: pgibson1 | March 1, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe that this should be an issue at all. I mean, many scholarships have requirements centered around sex, age, ethnicity, program of study, community involvement etc. Why should a legitimate group be prohibited from having a specialized scholarship? If we want to say that we believe in equality, then it has to go both ways - to the minority and to the majority. Now, there would be concern if most of the scholarships were for white males, but really, they aren't. In fact, this is the first I've heard of. Why is it alright to have a scholarship for Natives or immigrants but not for Caucasians? Paying for university is hard, all groups should have a chance to access scholarships.

Posted by: Wander099 | March 1, 2011 9:10 PM | Report abuse

My grandson's mother is white and his father is black. He qualifies.

Posted by: jbowen431 | March 1, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

..."president of the nonprofit is Colby Bohannan, a Texas State University mass communication student and Iraq war veteran who said he had difficulty finding money to pay for college"... An Iraq War vet? Ever hear of the post-9/11 G.I. Bill? It takes a while to process but this vet shouldn't have difficulty getting $$ for college and a living stipend and unemployment. The GI bill covers vets of color AND white ones, too.

Posted by: Natabyte | March 3, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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