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University slapped with civil rights lawsuit over racially ‘discriminatory’ scholarships

Western Kentucky University (WKU) has been hit with a federal civil rights complaint over a scholarship program deemed to be racially discriminatory. 

The Equal Protection Project (EPP) of the Legal Insurrection Foundation with a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights over the weekend. 

In its complaint, the EPP says that two WKU scholarships – the WKU Athletics Minority Fellowship (AMF) and the WKU Distinguished Minority Fellowship (DMF) – “are only available to non-white students.” 

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The campus of Western Kentucky University. (

The EPP says WKU’s promotion of these scholarships violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as well as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

The non-profit points to the recent Supreme Court ruling in Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harv. Coll., which determined that “eliminating racial discrimination means eliminating all of it.”

“The guarantee of equal protection cannot mean one thing when applied to one individual and something else when applied to a person of another color,” the Supreme Court ruled. 

The EPP filed a similar complaint against the University of Nebraska-Lincoln last month over a race-exclusive residency program for film students. 

Bradford Betz is a Fox News Digital breaking reporter covering crime, political issues, and much more. 


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