New Private Fund Seeks to Counteract State Ban on Race-Based College Scholarships in Michigan

In 2006 voters in Michigan approved Proposal 2, which eliminated race-sensitive admissions at the University of Michigan and other state universities in Michigan. Race-based scholarships administered by state-operated institutions of higher learning were also banned.

To offset the scholarship ban, the Imagine Fund was established to raise money to provide scholarships for minority students at state-operated as well as at private universities in Michigan. The fund is targeting Michigan businesses that have an interest in maintaining a racially diverse group of college graduates who will be available for management positions. Many Michigan corporations actively worked in opposition to Proposal 2.

The group is also soliciting donations online from the general public. People who are interested in contributing to the scholarship fund for minority students in Michigan can obtain more information by clicking here.