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This Porn Site Wants To Pay Your Tuition.

College guys have been supporting the porn industry for years, and now one such website wants to give them something back.
Popular porn site (or so I've heard) PornHub is offering a $20,000 PornHub Cares scholarship for college students displaying leadership and community involvement. Eligible students must be 18 or older, have a 3.2 GPA or higher, and be enrolled in the Fall 2015 semester.
Apparently, all applicants must send in a two- to five-minute video and an essay answering the question, "How do you strive to make others happy?"
If you're thinking of making THAT kind of two- to five-minute video, then think again. According to Pornhub Vice President Corey Price:

"You don't have to film a porn to be a winner. In fact, anyone who submits a sex video will not be seriously considered. If you're against pornography and an anti-pornography crusader, this is probably not the scholarship for you."

For some pretty obvious reasons, there's been some backlash, particularly from national women's groups who feel the scholarship has its heart in the wrong place.
A statement released Dawn Hawkins of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation comments that the scholarship is:

"...an amazing and deceptive marketing tactic that aims to exploit financially struggling female students. It's really unfortunate we're forcing our kids to sell their bodies to get an education."

How do you guys feel about the PornHub Cares scholarship? Would you apply for aid from such a controversial website? Or is tuition money simply tuition money at the end of the day?

Personally, I don't know if I'd be comfortable seeking out a scholarship from a porn site, but I wouldn't judge anyone who did. Money is money, after all. And, realistically, it's nice to see a stigmatized billion dollar industry work to turn a new leaf.
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This is certainly odd but I don't look down upon it. It seems to be a definitely merit based scholarship and that counts for something. Money is still money and with the prices that are on education nowadays hey I'll try to get it from where ever. Though this is certainly odd and I see where people are coming from but hey, it's money. And if you dislike it so much why don't you see it as a way to take some of their money away?
blerg. It makes me feel icky just saying PornHub...sorry porn watchers, it’s just too icky for my taste
Well I approve of this, is it really worse than how some big name companies offer scholarships and promote sweatshops abroad?
I guess college tuition has gotten to that point huh? all I can say is I'm terrified for when my son gets ready to start :'(
@vinmccarthy I think it would create the impression you would do anything for money
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When you wake up with a college degree and no savings, people might say you're on your way to a future or that you don't have one. I am a proud graduate of Ohio University, conferred this Spring. BFA in Theater Performance, Minor in Journalism. I loved my college, my friends and the teachers who guided me through. What I did not love, what I in fact loathed was the bureaucracy. In today's America twenty-somethings fresh out of college are offered two things: 1. Crippling debt and 2. The existential woe of not knowing if their degree was worth that debt. Thoughts like this tow the line of the young adults today. Instead of having the positive effect of feeling like the world is in your hands, we get calls from our Universities asking for donations not even a month after we finish our degrees. Seriously, you're asking me for money now? It just seems like poor taste to ask someone who graduated not even two months ago for a donation. We all want to wake up with a degree in our hand, a future and the notion that all the hard work we put in, will pay off. College is a fundamental part of the American Dream, and that dream is being killed by student debt and rising tuition costs. People whine about this all the time, but to really understand what it's like, take it from a 22 year old buried under more than 50, 000 dollars of it. We must put a face to our debt. We're not just numbers on a screen. We're people, and we're dragging our loans behind us. They're getting heavier and heavier every day. At this time, in this country, few things are more horrifying than student debt. The government made over 50 Billion dollars off of student debt in 2013. Yet... College is necessary. But is it necessary to enter into indentured servitude to pay for it? College is an amazing time filled with necessary experiences and learning opportunities. It's an enriching experience that everyone should get to have. Money should not dictate who gets a "future" and who is left behind. Employers across the country will require a college degree, so why is it so hard to pay for one? Student debt turns scholars into victims, doomed to spend the best days of their lives paying back the institutions and the country that "wanted to give them an education". People will argue that we knew what we were in for. When we got our acceptance letters, we accepted the debt and all that goes with it. When we filled out our FAFSA forms and decided to go to college, we sold our souls: to the government, to the school itself, and to the people who make decisions for us, that don't know us or care about what we had to do to get to college. Over 40 Million Americans currently hold student debt. And this isn't just 20 somethings, it's 30 somethings, 40 somethings, 50 somethings. Everyone. Seven million of those 40 have defaulted on their loans, leaving them with trashed credit and no hope of getting housing or car loans for their future, or their families. Corporations can file for bankruptcy after failure to pay back their debts...student borrowers can't. The moral question is: is that fair? Just because we know the terms and conditions of our fate does not mean our fate is right or just. In today's America morality and righteousness, what's fair and good, bows down to money and profit. College isn't a public service anymore, it's a God damn business. And just like those sleazy car salesmen people make fun of on TV, your loan officer or FAFSA representative will look you in the eye and say, "You need college, you need these loans. There's no other way! Drive your future off the lot today." Some say that college is priceless, the best years of your life. Now I know that people put a price on everything. Your books, your dorm, your food, your classes, they all cost something. And when you're living off the refunds from your student loans, your life starts to cost you more and more money. Just buying groceries makes your student debt skyrocket. Everything. These thoughts find me when I'm sitting on the subway into work. I think about my student loans and my "number" all the time. How much was my education worth? It was priceless, as far as knowledge and value, happiness, experience. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I would trade the phone calls for alumni donations, and the emails giving me a countdown before my six-month grace period is up. I'd trade the burden it has on my parents and parents everywhere who have to send their kids to college. We have no choice it seems, but to accept these terms and conditions. Nothing is free, but that doesn't mean it should cost you everything. As I sit in my sub-letted living room in Brooklyn, New York, fresh out of college, my phone rings. It's Ohio U, asking for a donation. I let it go to voicemail, and keep on typing. I stand up, and think: "Does all of this prove that the American Dream is really dead? Or is this the necessary cycle of debt that we signed up for when we were told we had to go to college?" Do you have student debt? What's your number?
FAFSA Is About To Get Its Ass Kicked, And For Good Reason
Anyone who has been to college knows the hardships of the FAFSA application. It is the gateway to the scholarships, grants, loans and all other monetary measures necessary to attend college. Basically The FAFSA holds all of your hopes and dreams hostage behind your computer screen. It is entirely too complicated and people have had thousands of dollars of scholarships and grants withheld because brilliant and capable students can't get past the FAFSA process. One false move, one missed number...one tactless error and you're out on your ass. It'd take a professional accountant to fill out this document correctly. I remember spending hours on the phone with various government employees, essentially begging them for assistance with this ever important document. Recently I was fucked over because of some technicality pending on my graduation. They basically treated me like human garbage, claiming that my FAFSA was "incomplete" or "in need of reform". I even went so far as to pin the death of the American Dream on student debt. As a 19 year old kid, I was at the mercy of a document that made little sense to my parents. How the hell could it make sense to me? The FAFSA is particularly tricky because of the college application timeline. The current laws and regulations regarding federal aid, make it so that students planning to attend college in the fall can't apply for Aid until January of the previous year. So if you're a late bloomer, or are applying to a college with rolling admission you're pretty much out of luck. In addition to all of that, there's a hell of a lot of wait time...like 6 to 8 weeks. So if you get accepted into college a month before it starts, and apply for FAFSA immediately, you won't get your aid until November and then how the hell are you supposed to live? My aid paid for rent, living expenses, books and everything else because I was totally covered due to my parent's financials. And when that aid was late, I was on my ass. But why would the government make it so hard to get the necessary aid to attend school? When everyone's struggling to get an education, Doesn't make sense right? Someone finally listened and Through many complaints, and I'm talking millions of complaints, the federal government has made some changes to it's hell of a document, the Federal Application for Student Aid. Of course, it's after I graduated, but at least younger generations will be spared from it's wrath. So, instead of the whole "filing when the government is ready" thing, you can file the FAFSA as early as October using data from tax returns already filed, unless your dad like won the lottery or something, there shouldn't be any huge changes. Also, you will be able to fill out the document without any affiliation to any college, this way you will know your financial status BEFORE applying to schools, that way you can apply to schools that qualify in your aid bracket. Huh! Logic makes a lot of sense. Thank you federal government. I'm pleased that you came around. Eventually, the application will go away entirely and schools will have automatic viewing of tax returns and other financial data capable of determining aid. In a perfect world...amirite? To all the youngin's going to college in 2017, enjoy your newly reformed FAFSA...cause I sure didn't have the luxury! I'm not bitter, I swear.
11 Struggles Of Ridiculously Creative People
Honestly, I'm not disorganized...I just have a lot of ideas. 1. People are always asking you "what do you do?" Creative people do a lot of things. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what you do, but you're good at whatever that is right? 2. You've got a lot of different interests. You like music and art, fashion, writing and movies. You play guitar and you draw. You like a lot of different kinds of websites and you work on a lot of different things. There's nothing wrong with that. People may criticize you for your divided focus, but you view it as a gift. 3. People are always concerned about your wellbeing. You tend to get stressed pretty easily, probably because you're doing a lot of things at once. You can't help it, you love to work and you love to let your creativity flow. Probably because you're being rewarded for just being yourself. 4. You are really eccentric, because most creatives are. It's lame to be weird as a kid, but totally cool to be weird as an adult. If you're going to be crazy, you better get paid for it. Being creative means that you're automatically a secret weapon. You come in when there's no other recourse. 5. You have an insatiable need to create, and sometimes it makes you crazy. You wake up in the middle of the night sometimes and you end up writing something profound in your notebook, or drawing a beautiful masterpiece. There is something inside of you that makes it hard to sleep or take off from work. You have to be doing something all the time, and alhough that leads to stress and anxiety...you will ultimately be rewarded. Because everyone loves a good worker, and people like it even more if that work is innovative. 6. When you get blocked up, it can totally cripple you. Your creativity is the thing that keeps you going. When you hit a road block, and the ideas stop flowing it can seem like you have nothing. But sure enough, when you put pen to paper to draw, write, paint or create, you know that something will come out. Because it has to. 7. Your creativity isn't a hobby...it's your life. It offends you when people don't value it as an asset. Sure, your'e not like everybody else, but that's a really good thing. Creativity is something that not everyone can possess. It's a natural ability and when people tell you that you can't use it, or that it's not valuable, they're wrong. 8. You constantly worry about missing opportunities, and not moving quickly enough. Because your brain is always firing on all cylinders it's easy to become anxious. When those blocks happen, things can get trapped and ideas start to falter. It seems like you're always creating something new, and when that doesn't happen...well, it might seem like the end of your world. 9. You're always fighting with yourself about art and commerce. What can make you the most money doesn't necessarily yield the most artistic results. There's a constant struggle in your head based on a key struggle that has been happening for centuries. It's a fundamental thing. You want to be creative, and make art. And people want to sell your creativity for profit. You have to find the good in what you're doing. 10. You have a serious fear of becoming a "starving artist". You don't want to prove all of your haters right. People in creative fields, or creatives in non-creative fields are always pitted against those who go the more "traditional" route. It's something you'll have to deal with. Creatives are automatically viewed as the underdog, simply because people tend to misunderstand what you're doing. 11. No matter what holds you back, you find a way to get past it. Because you're creative, and nothing can stop you. You're constantly inventing new ways of doing things, and you won't stop until you change the world.