I think there’s a little thing that people are forgetting: “minority” is actually specifically talking about the people who have little to no power in a country, not anything to do with the population.
I mean, women make up around half of the population, but they are still considered minorities because they don’t hold as much social or political power compared to men in most societies.
So, to some extent, scholarships are there to right the imbalance that already exists in terms of minorities and the power they hold.
In the UK, most of the scholarships I went up for were there to try to correct the imbalance in certain jobs and universities. It is difficult to correct a wrong like social inequality without making any proactive moves. Like, if your grandparents are rich and your best friend’s are poor, your parents are more likely to go to a good university and get a good job. So are you.
In order to be fair, we sometimes need to correct those wrongs first.