Will Poor Students Act Gay For Emherst’s LGBT Scholarship?

For the first time ever, the new undergraduate application at Elmhurst College includes the following optional question: “Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community?” They added the question as a way to gauge student diversity and those who answer yes become eligible for the school’s “enrichment scholarship” awarded to students from underrepresented social groups. That’s great for LGBT kids who may lack parental financial support, but should we worry that other needy applicants might answer yes just to snag some tuition help? Lying on an admissions document does probably counts as grounds for expulsion, but it’s not like the school’s gonna test to see if their students are actually LGBT or not.

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