Elmhurst College, outside of Chicago is, apparently, the first to ask prospective students about their sexual orientation.  The questions are optional but why ask in the first place? Because students who identify themselves as part of the LGBT community may be eligible for “enrichment scholarships.”

According to Elmhurst’s website, enrichment scholarships are those that have a value of one third tuition ($9,530 for 2010-2011) for students paying comprehensive tuition fees.  The scholarships are offered to freshmen and transfer students who are members of “traditionally underrepresented groups at Elmhurst.”  The scholarship is not limited by race or ethnicity. The scholarship is renewable with the maintenance of a 2.50 grade point average and full time enrollment.

I can understand scholarships for excellent grades or for economic reasons, but I don’t get why a scholarship should be awarded for someone’s sexual orientation.  It’s a private school so they can do what they want, but it sounds like more political correctness to me.