11:03 AM EDT, June 11, 2012
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A white student at a Riverside high school has returned a $1,000 scholarship intended for black students.
Jeffrey Warren of Martin Luther King High School received the scholarship from the Martin Luther King Senior Citizens Club at a school awards night last month, prompting laughter from the audience.
Jeffrey later returned it. The teen, who graduated last week, says he applied for 27 scholarships and won three others.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/KKFGhy ) says the 17-year-old never saw a cover letter for the award that was sent to high school counselors and specified it was for black students.
The application itself said only that African-Americans were encouraged to apply.
The scholarship has now gone to a black student. The senior club says it will change next year's application language.
Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com