|Lipscomb University President L. Randolph Lowry|
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Large institutions sometimes hide the fact that many of their activities are immigration-neutral, but Lipscomb University in Nashville is not one of them. As Janell Ross of the Tennessean reports, President L. Randolph Lowry believes one role of the Christian university is to educate some of Nashville's children who excel in high school despite a lack of immigration credentials:
"It would be fine with me if our government took the lead in this immigration conversation," Lowry said. "But as the federal government is doing whatever it is or is not doing, we are graduating Hispanic students from Nashville's high schools. Taxpayers are paying for that whether they are documented or not. … So the question becomes, 'What's next?'"Some of the background and context is included in the full article here, including these details:
For the past five years, Lipscomb University has recruited, admitted and provided private financial aid to students without regard to their immigration status.Read the full article here, in which Ross also reports that over half of American institutions of higher education have immigration-neutral admissions. In Nashville, that group includes Lipscomb, Vanderbilt, Belmont, and (as of this year) Trevecca Nazarene.
This month, Lipscomb University President L. Randolph Lowry announced plans to create one full scholarship for a Hispanic student sponsored by SunTrust bank. He's soliciting support from other local corporations for 12 to 15 additional scholarships, and all of them will be open to American-born Hispanic students, along with legal and possibly illegal Hispanic immigrants.
"We seek to be Christian intentionally, courageously and graciously … and it's not very courageous if everybody always agrees with everything you are doing," he [Lipscomb University President L. Randolph Lowry] said.
Lowry is hoping the business community will feel a sense of obligation to contribute to that school's new scholarship program.
"I think it's appropriate for businesses that want to make money off the Hispanic community, the Latino community, to invest in that community in some way other than putting up a billboard on Nolensville Road," he said.