RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Students at Arkansas Tech University taking a stand and protesting a scholarship named for a former professor accused of being a Holocaust denier.
The late Dr. Michael Link taught at Arkansas Tech for more than 50 years.
The scholarship fund was endowed by a gift of $190,900.68 from Link’s estate.
Several Jewish community leaders and Holocaust scholars say Link taught anti-semitic literature and discussed Holocaust denial as fact.
Students say the University should promote diversity and remove the scholarship.
“That was a horrible horrible part of history. Like just the idea of trying to deny 11 million deaths is just barbaric. It’s heartbreaking just breaks my heart that Arkansas Tech is honoring that,” Kalina Smith said.
Arkansas Tech announced the scholarship in December of 2018.
Officials say it will be presented each year to a senior student majoring in history with financial needs.
The school says there are no changes in the name of the scholarship.