Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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1945

Wheaton students raise money for scholarships

In October 1945, a group of Wheaton students moved the college farther by raising $601 for scholarships for African-American students. This was done without President Meneeley's knowledge, and had he been told about it beforehand, it is likely that he would have put a stop to the fundraiser. The administration believed that prospective African-American applicants should compete for the same scholarship funds as the general population, in the belief that any African-American students who won general scholarships would be of a higher academic caliber than if those competing only amongst themselves.

After finding out about the scholarship fund, President Meneeley wrote to trustee Harriet Hughes, saying, "Whether it was decided to place me in an embarrassing position or not, I recognized at once that if I repudiated the project, I would be branded anew as a foe of liberalism, and we would have had a new controversy seething on campus. To avoid this, I announced in chapel my approval of the project and my willingness to make a personal contribution. This took the wind out of their sails..."

Wheaton News, 3/23/46.

Trustees: Hughes #2: Meneeley to Hughes, 3/20/46.

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