If You’re White and Male, FMAE Wants to Support Your Education

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February 26, 2011; Source: Austin American-Statesman | Men and women of color need not apply. That's the apparent message from a newly formed nonprofit that intends to award scholarships exclusively to white men. If the group's purpose seems lacking in subtlety and sensitivity, so does its name: Former Majority Association for Equality (FMAE).

Founder Colby Bohannon, a student at Texas University, said he started the group so other white men wouldn't have the same trouble as he did when trying to find a scholarship to help pay for his education. Scholarships he researched after deciding to return to school following his service in the Iraq War were mostly available to females or minority students. "I felt excluded. If everyone else can find scholarships, why are we left out?"

The group plans to begin awarding $500 scholarships this summer to white men with at least a 3.0 grade point average. However, as of last week, the group had raised only $485. It's not clear if he's trying to avoid charges of racism or discrimination – both which he denies – but Bohannon notes that applicants need only to be at least 25 percent non-Hispanic white. "My feeling is that if you can say you're 25 percent Caucasian, you're Caucasian enough for us."

How does Texas State University feel about the scholarship program? Joanne Smith, vice president of student affairs, says other scholarships are limited to specific applicants, and the University can't "take issue with a scholarship offered to a certain group."—Bruce Trachtenberg

  • George

    Is white men defined as anyone who does not look otherwise or the pure lineage would be tracked before awarding scholarships. I thought DAR had scholarships exclusively for white men and white women!

  • MexAmericanMichelle

    I’m so glad there’s a scholarship devoted to our American white males. Finally-these individuals are receiving the attention they deserve. They need to continue to widen the income disparity gap between themselves and everyone else. We need more whites in government, science, and the arts.

  • SingleMotherOfThree

    As a poor, single mother of 3, I had little luck finding scholarship opportunities for my sons–we were poor enough, but most opportunities are for poor minorities.

  • Cal

    Not all white males able to afford school. I know it’s only fair if you are going to have special scholarships for groups 1-2-3-4 you should for 5 too. Yes white males make more than other subsets that is wrong. One has nothing to do with the other. They also come out of school with mountains of debt. No one should be left behind no one should be help accountable for things that were started before they were born and they have no stake it. You are a very ignorant person. You sound racist too. Everyone deserves a chance or maybe you think a 22 year old white male that grew up poor shouldn’t have an opportunity to change his life without taking on huge debt? If so you are a racist and I can’t abide racists shame on you.