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Published: Saturday, Oct. 1 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Esquire
Springville, UT

Sorry, Koons, but look at the numbers. There are a whole bunch of figures that show minorities do not have the same opportunities as white kids, and to give them a hand to help level the playing field is good for society in the big picture. There is plenty of scholarship money for your white kids if their achievements warrant it.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

Your child, being white, will _always_ be at a significant advantage over those other kids.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Diversity scholarships are meant to make up for centuries or in the Case of Utah, decades of discrimination where minorities didn't have the same opportunities as everyone else.

Discrimination exists today, although it has gotten better.

Minorities are underrepresented in certain professions as a result. The wound hasn't healed ... yet.

If such scholarships offend you, you can blame those who came before you for doing damage that you now have to live with and pay for. However don't be too hard on them. They also left you good things. An advanced country for one with worthwhile institutions.

You have to take the good with the bad. Thats life, and Lori, this is life. Welcome to it.

Christy
Beaverton, OR

White people already have the advantage in this country.

Shouldn't we want all of our young people to get a shot at being successful?

On the other hand
Spanish Fork, UT

There are also scholarships for Polish-Americans, Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans, descendants of Huguenots, descendants of colonists who were here before the American Revolution, etc. You can probably guess the race of the majority of recipients of these scholarships. Whether heritage-based scholarships are good or bad, they're not likely to go away.

Contrary to what some might have you believe, there aren't many people out there just waiting to throw money at any old college-bound kid. However, there are people and organizations willing to help finance the education of students who excel academically, even more so if they can also demonstrate financial need. BYU is notable for the number of merit-based scholarships they offer. If scholarships are a priority, and your child gets top-tier grades, BYU is a great choice.

Of course, there aren't a whole lot of scholarships available for mediocre students, but there are still ways to pay for college without taking out exorbitant loans. Scholarship or not, teach your child to live within his/her means and encourage him/her to get a job, finding a balance between credit hours and work hours that he/she can afford.

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