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