Non-hispanic white people get disproportionate share of college scholarships

I would not have guessed this, from Matt Yglesias:

Via Kay Steiger and Jorge Rivas a study (PDF) shows that 75 percent of college scholarships go to non-hispanic white students even though such students are only 62 percent of the overall student population:

Matt goes on to explain that, rather than race discrimination, colleges are deferring to their incentive to produce rich alumni and to improve their rankings compared to elite institutions. Both of these things are helped when admissions departments pick people who are already likely to succeed, because they are better prepared, grew up around parents with fancy vocabularies, etc. Sadly, that’s what most admissions departments aim to do: predict who is most likely to succeed in life and lay claim to them. Strangely (or perhaps not), Ivy League colleges are among the very worst about this.

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Guy N. Texas is the pen name of a lawyer living in Dallas, who is now a liberal. He was once conservative, but this word has so morphed in meaning that he can no longer call himself that in good conscience. Guy has no political aspirations. He speaks only for himself.
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One Response to Non-hispanic white people get disproportionate share of college scholarships

  1. hortonw says:

    Given that athletics are considered “merit” scholarships, this chart may bust some myths about who is getting those scholarships.

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