Commonwealth Policy Center

The Supreme Court has ruled that colleges cannot not take race or ethnicity into account in admissions decisions. But many programs at Kentucky’s public institutions of higher education didn’t get the memo. Several scholarships at public universities are limited to racial minorities, and a civil rights investigation is ongoing. West Kentucky Community and Technical College offers job training programs only to minorities and girls. And Jefferson County Public Schools and the University of Louisville offer a teacher recruitment program for minorities. Such policies violate the American principle that we should be judged by the content of our character instead of the color of our skin. Favoring races and genders when it comes to scholarships isn’t fair. It’s discriminatory. And this needs to change.