There's Actually a Guy Starting a "White Men Only" Scholarship Fund

Because "young white boys do not have any advantages whatsoever and are significantly disadvantaged."

Today, in News That Will Make You Irate, there's a guy starting a "White Men Only" college scholarship fund. Yeah, we're serious.

British conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos created the Yiannopoulos Privilege Grant, which will begin taking applications later this year and plans to give 50 grants of $2,500 to white men, according to BuzzFeed News (opens in new tab). The money will come from private donors as well as from a $25,000 donation from Yiannopoulos himself.

"Young white boys do not have any advantages whatsoever and are significantly disadvantaged," Yiannopoulos told the site. "We're just trying to level the playing field for an underprivileged group."

The website for the fund highlights a statistic that says male students make up 43% of college students, but BuzzFeed points out that there are, in fact, existing scholarships for men (opens in new tab), and that according to a 2011 paper (opens in new tab) by finance expert Mark Kantrowitz, "Caucasian students receive a disproportionately greater share of private scholarships and merit-based grants. Caucasian students receive more than three times as much in merit-based grant and private scholarship funding as minority students."

Yiannopoulos says they'll rely on self-identification, so there will be no race or gender test for eligibility, and that the scholarships will be based on need and merit. He hopes to eventually expand the opportunity to other countries because, "young white boys are suffering."

We'll leave you with this bio that Yiannopoulos gives himself on his grant's Web site (opens in new tab): "Milo continues to be an unlikely angel for men struggling to find acceptance in mainstream society."

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Kate Storey is a contributing editor at Marie Claire and writer-at-large at Esquire magazine, where she covers culture and politics. Kate's writing has appeared in ELLE, Harper's BAZAAR, Town & Country, and Cosmopolitan, and her first book comes out in summer 2023.