Arizona has become the first school in the country to open up its scholarships for students from underrepresented groups.
Under the new guidelines, which were put in place earlier this month, students from low-income families will be eligible for an undergraduate scholarship worth $8,000 to $15,000.
The scholarship will be available to all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, or gender.
This new scholarship also goes a long way to address the ongoing national conversation about campus racism and the need to combat it.
“We’ve seen this over the past few years,” said Rachelle Fenton, Arizona’s assistant vice president for student affairs.
“The number of students from different communities being able to access these scholarships has been increasing, and so the need for additional resources has been there for a long time.”
The first of two scholarships for low- and middle-income students is a $7,000 scholarship for undergraduate students and $6,000 for graduate students.
The other $7 million scholarship is for all students.
“This is a big deal, because for the first time in a long while we’re actually seeing a change,” said Sarah Hirsch, executive director of Arizona’s Undergraduate Scholarships Association.
“We’re seeing people of color getting this kind of scholarship.
It’s really good news.”
Arizona’s decision to open its scholarship program to students from minority and underrepresented communities was one of several initiatives the school took after a backlash following the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In the weeks following the deadly rally, several universities and advocacy groups criticized the university for not providing scholarships for people of all races.
Students from underrepresented groups have had limited access to college-level scholarships since the 1970s.
But the Trump administration has increased efforts to crack down on campus racism.
In February, the Trump White House announced it was launching a new Office of Diversity and Inclusion, with a mission to address racial disparities in higher education and create a “safe space” for students to share their experiences.
It also said the administration would work to close the educational gap between black and white students.
Arizona is the first state to open scholarship programs specifically targeted at underrepresented students.
Under the new scholarship guidelines, students will be able to apply online for scholarships of up to $4,000 and the award will be based on need.
The University of Colorado is the latest school to open scholarships for underrepresented minority students.
In February, USC opened up $3 million in scholarships to underrepresented undergraduate students in order to fund an after-school program.
The university said that underrepresented minorities accounted for 12 percent of its undergraduate students.
The new scholarship program for underrepresentation students will allow students to apply for the following types of scholarships:Student-athletes will receive a scholarship worth up to five times the amount of the student’s annual tuition.
Students with no prior service experience can also apply for scholarships worth up and up.
Underrepresented minority and low-status students will receive one scholarship worth the equivalent of $3,000 per year.