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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Columbia University Asks Court to Exclude White-Only Provision from Trust


Columbia University is seeking to modify the terms of a highly restrictive trust that violates current anti-discrimination laws.

Under the terms of the 93-year-old Lydia C. Roberts Graduate Fellowship, money should be given only to “a person of the Caucasian race” who was born in Iowa and attended an Iowa college or university.  This fellowship also excludes the student from studying in a number of fields, including law and medicine, and requires the student to move back to Iowa for at least two years following graduation.

Columbia is requesting that the State Supreme Court in Manhattan exclude the whites-only provision and modify the Iowa-only rule in the $840,000 trust.

See Columbia U. Seeks to Alter Whites-Only Bequest, Houston Chronicle, May 15, 2013.


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