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GREENVILLE, S.C. - Bob Jones University, the fundamentalist Christian school that dropped a ban on interracial dating after a visit by then-candidate George W. Bush drew attention to the policy, is recruiting minorities and says it wants to shake its racist image.
The university is offering aid to minority students through two funds sponsored by private donations, school spokesman Jonathan Pait said Thursday.
"The primary reason was simply that there were students who wanted to come but couldn't afford it," Pait said. "Another reason is that we're so often pointed out as being so racist. We wanted to take a stab at least to overcome that stereotype."
The school of about 4,200 students was thrust into the national spotlight during a Bush campaign stop there two years ago.