The left’s near complete dominance of the American higher education system does not cease with teachers, counselors, deans and bellicose student groups. Institutional progressivism has become so widespread, that even one well-known, for profit private financial aid company is apparently driven by a desire to push its agenda on impressionable youths.
ScholarshipPoints, a company which purports to match students and aspiring students with free money for college — while also offering helpful tips on how to fit in on campus — has been busted slyly pushing a partisan, left-wing agenda on impressionable young people. The following information was exclusively provided to Turning Point News by a concerned student, who is the recipient of an email newsletter the company sent out on the afternoon of Aug. 10.
In the newsletter, ScholarshipPoints attempts to direct the student, who TPN will not name, toward content that is located on the company’s website. Articles such as “15 Things They Don’t Tell You About Going to College” and “8 Skills to Add to an ‘Impractical’ Degree,” are peppered throughout the correspondence. These articles are filled with seemingly beneficial information, informing first time college students they are sure to experience homesickness, and other helpful tidbits.
The majority of the information is so benign that a well-placed piece of commentary almost goes unnoticed: “5 of the Most Controversial Clubs on College Campuses.”
The article, which is authored by a woman named JoAnn DeLeau, contains a list of university groups that new students are advised to steer clear from. Noticeably absent from the list are progressive student groups with a history of violence and/or extremism, such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa.
Instead, ScholarshipPoints targets five conservative or otherwise right-leaning groups, and warns that they “might not offer the [college] experience you’re looking for.”
First up on the chopping block: the Young Conservatives of Texas – University of Texas. ScholarshipPoints warns that the UT Young Conservatives were once accused of being “incredibly racist”:
In October 2016, a group of students from the University of Texas decided to hold a bake sale representative of the differences in aid available to people of different genders and races, with prices dropping drastically the more “diverse” you were considered. This bake sale was nearly an exact replica of a similar one held by Berkeley College Republicans back in 2011. While some people were able to see some sense in what the students were attempting to convey, many took great offense, stating that the bake sale was incredibly racist.
ScholarshipPoints neglects to offer any context regarding the bake sale, which was held in October 2016 in Austin, and was intended to highlight the absurdity of affirmative action policies. Organizers of the event sold baked goods to students based off of their ethnicity. According to The Dallas Morning News, a cookie at the sale cost $1.50 for Asian males, $1 for white males and 50 cents for African-American and Hispanic males. Native American men and women were given free cookies.
Additionally, Asian women were reportedly asked to pay $1.25, white women 75 cents and Hispanic and African-American women 25 cents.
One of the event’s organizers, club chairman Vidal Castañeda, told the paper: “Our protest was designed to highlight the insanity of assigning our lives value based on our race and ethnicity, rather than our talents, work ethic and intelligence.”
Castañeda added, “It is insane that institutional racism, such as affirmative action, continues to allow for universities to judge me by the color of my skin rather than my actions.”
ScholarshipPoints goes on to warn against joining the New York University College Republicans, the University of North Carolina’s Christian a capella group Psalm 100, the University of Wisconsin’s American Freedom Party and Towson’s White Student Union.
ScholarshipPoints writes about the Towson student group: “While this club was never officially founded, it is well worth mentioning. In September 2012, Matthew Heimach proposed a white-washed version of the black student union as a “safe place” for white students who felt they were discriminated against because of their race.”
The article goes on to support a claim that “the idea of a white student union was ridiculous since white US citizens had never experienced being denied education or other rights because of their race.”
The content omits any mention of the many controversial progressive groups currently patrolling college campuses nationwide for microagressions and policing free speech, instead launching an attack on college conservative groups.
It is worth noting that the company is listed by USA TODAY as one of the top ten “best sites to look for scholarships.” The paper published an article in 2012, in which it describes how ScholarshipPoints allows its users to “rack up points through a rewards system, making them eligible for different scholarships according to how many points they have earned.”
“Members can earn points through fun, day-to-day activities like reading blogs, taking quizzes and playing online games. ScholarshipPoints offers a rolling, monthly $1,000 for its members and a quarterly $10,000 scholarship,” according to USA TODAY.
Turning Point News reached out to ScholarshipPoints’ parent company, Edvisors, for comment and did not hear back by the time of this publication.
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