There has been a phrase that has recently gained more traction and has been bandied about. That phrase is known as ‘white privilege.’ This is basically referring to the supposed opportunities that white men receive simply because they are white.
It is an easy argument for those minorities and women who believe their lack of opportunities for success is a direct result of the color of their skin, their gender, or even their cultural background. It is actually a racist stereotype that is permitted in modern society. It essentially lumps every single white male into the same category, regardless of their financial background, upbringing, or other opportunities they may have been provided or missed out on in life.
With regard to ‘white privilege,’ many people incorrectly assume that white males basically have every opportunity to earn scholarships and other financial assistance that are simply not available to others. When you begin looking at various scholarships for white males, they are basically eligible to anyone regardless of race, gender, age, or any other factors.
However, most scholarships that are available in the United States have certain requirements with regard to Grade Point Average, community service, extracurricular activities, financial need, race, gender, ethnic background, and more. When you begin looking at all of the stipulations involved with various scholarships, it becomes clear that white males have far fewer scholarship opportunities than black men and women, women in general, Hispanics, and more. That’s because, for example, a black male will be able to apply to any scholarship that a white male can, but will also be eligible to apply for numerous other scholarships that are specifically designed to support African-American applicants. The same holds true when you look at women only scholarships, Hispanic only scholarships, and all of those other scholarships that have specific requirements with regard to race, gender, or ethnicity.
So, that ‘white privilege’ doesn’t seem to hold up to scrutiny, at least when you begin talking about scholarships.
Availability of white male scholarships.
When you begin searching for scholarships for white males, one thing becomes readily apparent and that is there are numerous websites that advertise the prospect of scholarships specifically designed for white male students. When you begin clicking on the sites you are taken to web pages that have a list of numerous other scholarships.
It might seem like a great opportunity for white males who have limited options with regard to their scholarship needs and opportunities. However, once you begin perusing the website in more detail, looking at the scholarship opportunities, you begin to realize the trick that has been played.
These websites basically organize their lists by focusing on keyword phrases rather than actually anything of substance. So, the scholarships that are listed are generally available to any student, regardless of whether they are white males or not. These websites will stick in the keyword phrase, “scholarships for white males,” as a way to help boost their search engine rankings when people are looking for these scholarships.
It’s an underhanded strategy that shouldn’t be allowed to continue, but it does. The main point of bringing this up is to help encourage people to realize that any scholarship that doesn’t limit itself based on gender, race, ethnicity, or other factor is a scholarship that a white male can apply for.
The most important aspect of scholarships.
Most scholarships are awarded based on merit. Grants have a tendency to be awarded based on financial need. Yes, there are scholarships that are based solely on financial need rather than merit, but a student’s Grade Point Average, their willingness to participate in extracurricular activities, their ability and willingness to be a leader in the community, and more will have a significant impact on whether or not they are considered for that particular scholarship.
When filling out scholarship applications.
When any white male or other individual sets out to apply for various scholarships, it’s a good rule of thumb to keep in mind that the average award rate in the United States for scholarships is 1 in 75. That means for every 75 scholarships a student applies for, they will most likely receive one, on average. This doesn’t mean everyone will get a scholarship, no matter how many applications they fill out.
It simply means that those students who have a real financial need for assistance should fill out as many scholarship applications as possible. When they do, it will increase the chances of them earning at least some type of financial support that can help pay for tuition, books and supplies, or other educational expenses.
Are there any actual scholarships for white males only?
This is still an important question, but when you begin searching the Internet you will not find any direct scholarships that are only available to white male students. That doesn’t mean they don’t exist. There are certain white supremacist groups and other organizations that promote a white only atmosphere that may provide some type of scholarship opportunities to members of their organizations.
If this is truly an important aspect for any student, they are certainly free to contact some of these organizations directly to find out if they offer scholarships to members or to others college students that meet their strict requirements. In the meantime, most students’ time will be better served filling out applications, making sure they meet the requirements for each scholarship they apply to, and paying attention to deadlines.
There are plenty of scholarships for white males, and most of them are open to everyone else as well.