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Columbia University seeks to change terms of whites-only fellowship

Columbia University has moved to change the conditions of a fellowship that stipulates it can only be awarded to "a person of the Caucasian race."

In addition to the whites-only restriction of the award, the Lydia C. Roberts Graduate Fellowship can only be given to a person from Iowa, who may not study law or certain other fields, and must return to the state for two years after graduation.

As the New York Daily News reports, the fellowship has not been awarded since 1997, but Columbia administrators would still like to see the terms of the award opened up to other students:

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