Student Returns Scholarship Intended For Black Students
There’s been a lot of talk about whether white students should be privy to scholarships and awards generally reserved for Black students. Well one high schooler took the debate into his own hands.
A white student at Riverside High School in California has returned a $1,000 dollar scholarship intended for black students.
Jeffrey Warren of Martin Luther King High School received the scholarship from the Martin Luther King Senior Citizens Club at a school awards night last month, prompting giggles from the crowd.
Later Jeffrey learned what all the laughter was about, prompting him to return the scholarship.
Even though the presentation was an awkward moment, Jeffrey says “now it’s kind of a joke” with his his friends.
Jeffrey’s father, Rod Warren, said his son applied for 27 scholarships and also won three others, two for $2,000 each and another $500 scholarship. He encouraged his son to apply for every scholarship for which he might be eligible.
The Martin Luther King Senior Citizens Club plans on changing the language on the application for next year’s scholarship applicants to make it clear that the scholarship is intended only for African-American students.
The scholarship application clearly states that only African-Americans are encouraged to apply, but that doesn’t go far enough.
What do you think? Did he need to return the money? Should he have kept it? Sound off.