Douglas Belkin and Megan Tagami
July 6, 2023
Universities in at least two states say they will no longer take race into account in awarding scholarships in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark finding on affirmative action.
Though the decision finding race-based admissions policies unconstitutional last week didn’t address scholarships, the University of Kentucky and the University of Missouri System have already said they would remove race as a criteria in scholarship programs. Other colleges are expected to follow suit, as many face political pressure to make changes following the court’s ruling.
“We are still reviewing the details of the ruling, but, based on our initial understanding, it appears that the court has restricted the consideration of race with respect to admissions and scholarships,” University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto said the day the ruling was released.
The court’s 6-3 decision involved cases filed against Harvard University and University of North Carolina, alleging race-conscious admissions practices help Black and Latino applicants while hurting Asian applicants.
The moves to drop race-based scholarships highlight the rising uncertainty over how colleges and universities will navigate categories such as race, gender and class following the court’s ruling.