Non-discrimination Clauses and Race-specific Scholarships
What language do you use related to non-discrimination in your fundholder agreements and public communications about scholarships? Do you refer to a specific law, or have a list of "we do not discriminate based on X"?
How do you rectify these non-discrimination clauses with scholarships that are for a specific race, gender, etc.? For example, we have several that are for African American students, but it feels like we are contradicting ourselves with the non-discrimination language. I know that many Community Foundations have race, gender, or other protected class-based scholarships, so how do you handle that from a legal perspective? In some of our external communications we say that there is a "preference" for X.
Note: We aren't looking to change or take away these scholarships--they are needed! We are just revising our fund agreements and want to know how others word things.