Carter said he joined the group because he served two tours of duty in Iraq and thinks awarding college scholarships to anyone is beneficial to everyone.
“I can’t really say I understand where they’re coming from, being only 27 years old, I don’t feel racially oppressed,” Carter said in reference to African-Americans who may feel victimized by racial prejudice.
Their organization has received more than $18,000 in donations. The two said they wouldn’t reveal their biggest donors.
The FMAFE was granted 501(c)3 status this month and has yet to file a Form 990, a public document detailing the group’s finances, with the IRS.
Baird’s scholarship is one of five the FMAFE is handing out nationwide. The organization is awarding them in Long Beach, California; Columbus, Ohio and Miami Beach, Florida in the coming week.