RIVERSIDE, Calif. -
A white California high school student has returned a $1,000 scholarship because he is not African-American.
Apparently the teen returned it after he learned the scholarship committee assumed he was African-American himself.
Jeffery Warren was awarded the money at a school awards last month at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside.
The scholarship is given out by the MLK Senior Citizens Club.
Club members didn’t know Warren was white until they called his name.
After realizing the mix-up, Warren decided to hand the cash back.
“I know that they were trying to do a good deed for the African-American community and I saw that too, so I had no trouble giving it back to them at all,” says Warren.
He also says the scholarship application only stated that African-Americans were “encouraged” to apply.
The club says it will change the language on next year’s application.
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