RIVERSIDE (CBS) — A 17-year-old student at King High School in Riverside has returned a $1,000 scholarship intended for black students because he is white.
Jeffrey Warren and his father Rod returned the scholarship from the Martin Luther King Senior Citizens Club the night the teen was announced as the winner of the African-American student scholarship, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
Jeffrey, who has a 4.25 cumulative grade-point average, applied for 27 scholarships and won three others in addition to the award from the Martin Luther King Senior Citizens Club, which only specified that African Americans were “encouraged to apply,” the newspaper reported. School counselors were informed that the scholarship was for black students.
The club intends to change the language on next year’s application to clarify who is eligible, according to the Press-Enterprise.
The returned scholarship was later awarded to an African-American girl at King High School.
Jeffrey plans to take his scholarships – two for $2,000 and another for $500 – to San Diego State University in the fall, where he will double major in English and business, the paper reported.