Kansas State University – Multicultural Scholarship for Students from “Historically Underrepresented Backgrounds”

Case Particulars


Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education

Date Filed

August 16, 2023

Docket No.


Case Status

OCR Complaint Filed

Case Overview

Kansas State University provides a scholarship, entitled the Joey Lee Garmon Undergraduate Multicultural Scholarship, that awards $700 to currently enrolled, full-time undergraduate students “of historically underrepresented backgrounds” at the university. The scholarship is named after its namesake, an African-American who was “unable to find sensitive nurturing of his cultural identity” in a “predominantly European American community.”


Eligibility guidelines for the scholarship state that applicants “must be of an ethnic group that has been historically and traditionally oppressed in the achievement of academic and leadership endeavors,” with special preference given to “applicants of African American, American Indian, Asian American, and Latinx American heritage.” Scholarship recipients will chosen by “a committee of university representatives,” to be awarded in Spring of 2024.


Equal Protection Project is the Complainant in this matter, which is under evaluation by the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.