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By Aidan Mattis
After 2 years of planning and organizing, Milo Yiannopoulos has released first names and majors of the first winners of the “Privilege Grant,” a scholarship of $2,500 awarded exclusively to white men. The grant is a stipend for educational purposes, offered with the intention of putting white men on equal footing with LGBT, minority, and female peers whom the educational system tends to favor through Affirmative Action. Since there are fewer scholarships available to white men than any other demographic in the country, the grant offers an opportunity to well deserving young adults.
Milo has been hammered in the past by multiple news organizations who demanded to know where the money was, who would be receiving it, some even going so far as to suggest that Yiannopoulos had pocketed the money with no intention of giving any scholarships. On April 2nd, however, he delivered on his pledge. Ten winners were announced for the Privilege Grant, though their last names and specific schools were left out for the sake of anonymity. The award winners are as follows:
- Harrison, Engineering Physics, Florida
- Lucas, Bio-molecular Engineering, New York
- Noah, Mathematics, Georgia
- Brett, Material Engineering, Illinois
- Brandon, Psychology, Minnesota
- Noam, Bio-mechanical Engineering, Georgia
- Alexander, Psychology (pre-med), Ohio
- Tristan, Physics Education, California
- Christopher, Nursing, Virginia
- Brandt, MBA, Kansas
The grant focused on STEM education, with the exceptions of Christopher and Brandt. Their scholarships will be paid directly to their schools as part of their tuition. According to The Privilege Grant’s website, Milo’s partner “Ms. Janet Bloomfield, Selection Committee Chair, made the final selections, along with managing the application and selection process. Milo Yiannopoulos will be contacting grant recipients personally within the next 24 hrs.”
Yiannopoulos announced the idea for the privilege grant a few years ago, with Applications opening in early 2017. According to its website, the Privilege Grant exists in part because “Males make up only 43% of America’s 20.5 million college students…since the 1980s, women have performed better in high schools and earned the majority of BA degrees.” Yiannopoulos hopes the grant will restore balance to the force.
So far, Milo’s critics have been silent on the issue.