(June 16, 2012) A White student at a Riverside, Calif. high school has returned a $1,000 scholarship intended for Black students.

Jeffrey Warren of Martin Luther King High School received the scholarship from the Martin Luther King Senior Citizens Club at a school awards night last month, prompting laughter from the audience.

Jeffrey later returned it. The teen, who graduated during the week of June 4, said he applied for 27 scholarships and won three others.

According to The Riverside Press-Enterprise, the 17-year-old never saw a cover letter for the award that was sent to high school counselors and specified that the award was intended for Black students. The application itself said only that African-Americans were encouraged to apply.

The scholarship has now gone to a Black student. The senior club says it will change the application forms used for next year’s scholarship.