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Texas A&M System approves $100 million scholarship fund to address “diversity issues”

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By Raga Justin
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June 15, 2020

               

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents unanimously approved the creation of a $100 million scholarship fund Monday to help the system’s 11 universities address “diversity issues,” as well as bolster aid meant for students who are economically disadvantaged or in the first generation of their families to attend college.

The aid comes in the middle of the economic crisis spurred by COVID-19, which has left many families out of work. It also comes as protests continue in Texas and nationwide over police brutality and systemic racism. At the A&M System’s flagship campus in College Station, protests in particular have sprouted over the presence of a statue honoring Sul Ross, a former Texas governor and president of A&M who served as a general in the Confederate army.

A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said Monday that the fund had been “in the works for some time.”

“The goal … is to make A&M system’s 11 universities look like Texas,” Sharp said. “Though system-wide the universities are within a few percentage points of reflecting the state’s demographics, the student population on some individual campuses is not where we want it to be.”

Sharp emphasized the need for A&M’s student population to reflect that of the state. Currently, white students comprise more than half of the student population at A&M’s College Station campus, while black students make up less than 4%, according to 2019 data. Hispanic and Asian students students make up 21% and 8% of the student population, respectively. Meanwhile, the state’s population is 41% white, 39% Hispanic and 12% black, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

The program will disburse $10 million annually over 10 years, with priority given to students who are low income, first generation and from geographically underrepresented regions of the state. Each campus will be engaged in fundraising to help support this effort, according to a press release.

Disclosure: The Texas A&M University System has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. To see the original version of story, click here.

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