The recent front-page article in The Advocate by Gordon Russell about the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students is way out of line.

To insinuate that TOPS awards are race-based is so absurd, it is laughable. As much as Russell wants readers to believe that color is an issue, TOPS awards are based on grade-point average and standardized test scores.

In 1988, when Patrick Taylor created the financial assistance program, he required a B average in order to qualify for aid.

Contrary to popular belief, college is not for everyone.

Some students are more suited to job training and placement in the field of their choice and one that does not require a university degree.

And last and most ludicrous: “middle-class entitlement”? You have got to be kidding!

Ethel Manno

retired educator

Baton Rouge