QuestBridge Rocks III
It's very tempting to hijack an argument by getting personal but this isn't about me or you. It's about Beahonest.
Apparently 100% of Questrbidge 2011 finalists are outstanding students and human beings. That is a very high percentage given U.S. demographics but it's not possible to say definitively whether it is disproportionately high until Questbridge releases a breakdown of all applicants who applied to Questbridge this year. Beahonest has not released this information. Why? Ask him.
Personally, I noticed that I (white person, finalist) appear to have similar objective credentials when compared to at least some of the students who became finalists. This, plus the low percentage of admission rates, raises a question in my mind. Did Beahonest receive fair treatment. Was Beahonest treated differently because he didn't fit some college student/hardworking/outstanding/classy stereotype? Of course, it's probable his essays were crap or that he had poor recommendations but I think so and the numbers indicate that that is exactly what is going on.
QuestBridge advertises itself as a service for "low income" students (not just minority students but all low income students). That means that all low income students should be treated the same. Questbridge does not have any right to engage in illegal discrimination of Beahonest.
I have much more respect for scholarship organizations that SAY explicitly that their scholarships are for minority students because it is not moral or right to encourage Beahonest to apply and to allow him to go through the many hours it takes to apply and then to discriminate against him based on unneccessary factors such as essays, recommendations, and extracurriculars.
I will go on to have a successful life but I certainly hope this discussion provides fair warning to other Beahonest-type class acts who might be considering applying to Questbridge. Prepare to be disappointed. Prepare to discover that life isn't fair. But that's the point isn't it? Questbridge exists to recruit outstanding students for rich private universities who don't want to get their hands dirty with Beahonest