May 16th, 2013
05:08 PM ET

Columbia University seeks to change whites-only fellowship

By Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley, CNN

New York (CNN) - Columbia University is seeking to alter the 1920 charter of one of its graduate school fellowships which is still limited "to persons of the Caucasian race," though the fellowship has not been granted in years.

The Lydia C. Roberts Graduate Fellowship is, at least on paper, available to white students "of either sex, born in the state of Iowa," according to a Columbia University charter from 1920.

The university filed an affidavit in Manhattan Supreme Court last week to support a petition from JPMorgan Chase, the fellowship's designated trustee, to change the whites-only provision, according to Robert Hornsby, assistant vice president for media relations at Columbia.

Other restrictions for the fellowship stipulate that a recipient may not concentrate their studies in "law, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or theology." Recipients must also agree to return to Iowa for two years after completing their studies at Columbia.

The fellowship was established in 1920 by Lydia C. Roberts, an Iowa native, with a $500,000 donation to the university upon her death. However, the school stopped awarding the fellowship in 1997 for several reasons

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  1. Jorge

    Iowa, one of the greatest hotbeds for race-hate in the nation.

    May 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. GI Jon

    So then we should sue the uncf to accept white applicants

    May 18, 2013 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • AniyunweahCherokee

      Yes. That's how you fix the problem. You DONT further segregate. Would anyone have an issue with an all native ONLY group? No? Well you should. Cause I'm native and I would be appauled if I saw that when I was in school. Id be angry my other friends were kept out...kinda the same thing whites did back in the day to others eh? Yes its exactly the same. Some groups and scholorships are even federally recognized forms of segregation.

      May 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • AniyunweahCherokee

        Segregation today is being championed by the same people that were segregated by it....my biggest issue is that white people can't see it and it slaps them in the face every single day. The same organizations champion the one drop rule as related to the father when science has told us the mother carries the mDNA not the father. You are your mothers race genetically speaking.

        May 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |