Does Gender Choice Threaten Women-Only Scholarships?

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The Michigan Stadium scoreboard at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on September 10, 2011. Mark Perry writes that the University of Michigan has issued a press release saying, “University of Michigan students are able to designate a personal pronoun with the university and have the pronoun reflected on class rosters this fall. A designated personal pronoun is a pronoun an individual chooses to identify with and expects others to use when referencing them (he, she, him, his, ze, etc.).” Rebecca Cook/reuters

This article first appeared on the American Enterprise Institute's site.

Item 1: According to The College Fix: "This year, college students across the country will be taught, sometimes from Day One, that being male and female is a choice on a spectrum, not a biological trait."

Item 2: According to a press release from the University of Michigan: "Starting this week, University of Michigan students are able to designate a personal pronoun with the university and have the pronoun reflected on class rosters this fall. A designated personal pronoun is a pronoun an individual chooses to identify with and expects others to use when referencing them (he, she, him, his, ze, etc.)."

Item 3: From the Rapid City Journal: "Two grants totaling $1.1 million have been awarded to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology to help attract, retain and graduate more female engineering students. The grants will...provide an average of $5,000 in scholarship funds to [female] students who successfully apply to the program."

Question: Given that being female is a choice on a spectrum, and further considering that students can now designate their own personal pronouns at some colleges, why couldn't a male (biological) college student like "John Doe" decide to identify as a female, designate she and her as her personal pronouns and then apply for the $5,000 scholarship above designated for female students?

And if not that specific engineering scholarship, here's a website with links to about 200 different college scholarships exclusively for women.

Mark J. Perry is a scholar at AEI and a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan's Flint campus.

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