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Valedictorian's Tweet Causes an Uproar

Texas student encounters anger online over her 'undocumented' boast

(Newser) - A high school senior in Austin, Texas, had good reason to do a little playful boasting: "Valedictorian, 4.5GPA, full tuition paid for at UT, 13 cords/medals, nice legs," tweeted Mayte Lara Ibarra on Friday, the day she graduated from Crockett High School. But it was one final... More »

'Chewbacca Mom' Just Won a Free Ride to College

Fla.'s Southeastern University offered her and her 2 little Chewies full scholarships

(Newser) - To garner a full college scholarship, you need to have good grades—or a great viral gimmick. Candace Payne may indeed boast a stellar scholastic record, but it's her recent online ubiquity as "Chewbacca Mom" that's earned her, as well as her two grade-school-age children, full scholarships... More »

Nike Co-Founder Rains $400M Donation on Stanford

Philip Knight's gift, one of the biggest to a college ever, will fund scholarship program

(Newser) - Stanford University is launching a program it's calling the "largest single increase in student financial aid in Stanford's history," and it has Nike's chairman to thank for the lion's share of it, NPR reports. Philip Knight, also one of Nike's co-founders, has pledged... More »

New Pot Tax Will Fund College Scholarships

Voters approved this one by 60% to 40% margin

(Newser) - Pot lovers in one Colorado county will soon be getting high for higher education. With a 60% majority, voters in Pueblo County voted on Tuesday to phase in a tax on marijuana growers that will support college scholarships and other endeavors, WTKR reports. The tax will begin in 2017, hit... More »

University Giving Away Free Business Degrees

Arizona State University will offer full scholarships to all full-time MBA students

(Newser) - Starting next fall, Arizona State University will be giving full scholarships to any and all students enrolling in its full-time MBA program, the Wall Street Journal reports. That means students can earn their business degrees for a whopping zero dollars. University administrators swear the desert sun hasn't baked their... More »

This Porn Site Wants to Help Pay Your College Tuition

Pornhub is feeling generous, offering a $25K scholarship

(Newser) - If you're 18 or older, have a 3.2 GPA or higher, and are heading back to college this fall, there's a new scholarship opportunity you should know about, provided you don't mind taking money from a porn site that boasts of 79 billion online video views... More »

LeBron's Announcement Makes Ohio Families Gasp

Basketball star's foundation, U. of Akron to offer free rides to college

(Newser) - "As a kid growing up in the inner city ... you don't really think past high school. You don't really know your future." Those were the words of LeBron James in Sandusky, Ohio, yesterday as he announced how he plans to change that outcome: by offering full... More »

3 Sons of Slain Cop Offered Free College

University of Cincinnati will cover everything if they go there

(Newser) - When Cincinnati officer Sonny Kim was shot to death in the line of duty last week, he left behind three sons. But while his family is still dealing with the grief from his death, there's one thing they won't have to worry so much about anymore: college for... More »

Chicago Valedictorian Gets Into 26 Colleges

Arianna Alexander settles on the University of Pennsylvania

(Newser) - For many high school students, deciding on a college comes down to one or two schools. For Arianna Alexander of Chicago, it came down to more than two dozen—including most of the Ivy League. Chicago's WLS-TV reports that after being accepted to 26 schools (including six Ivies), the... More »

Big Bang Theory Launches Science Scholarship

20 awards to be given out at UCLA this year

(Newser) - The Big Bang Theory's fictional scientists are looking to help real-life scientists. The show's co-creator Chuck Lorre, along with the cast and crew, has created a new scholarship at UCLA for low-income science students, and will give out 20 awards this fall, the New York Times reports. Including... More »

Jolie Surprises 2 LA Girls With Full Rides to College

Part of the Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie, the subject of some less-than-flattering leaked emails of late , got to do something with a bit more feel-good attached yesterday, presenting two underprivileged girls with full rides to Loyola Marymount University. Speaking at the Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Power 100 breakfast, Jolie said the awards—reportedly... More »

Calif. University's Plan: Help Sex Slavery Survivors

Point Loma Nazarene University to offer 'Beauty for Ashes' scholarship

(Newser) - A Christian university in California has launched what it says is a first-of-its-kind scholarship to help survivors of sex trafficking start new lives. Point Loma Nazarene University has started a crowdfunding campaign and a longer-term donation page for its "Beauty for Ashes" scholarship, which gets its name from a... More »

James Foley Remembered With Scholarship

Mentoring program will help tell 'untold' stories

(Newser) - Future journalism of students at Wisconsin's Marquette University will get some help from a scholarship fund in honor of James Foley. The American journalist executed by the Islamic State graduated from the school in 1996, CBS News reports, and his family has helped establish a scholarship to "provide... More »

How 2 Great American Musicians Simply Vanished

Elvie Thomas and Geeshie Wiley emerge from history's shadows

(Newser) - Elvie Thomas and Geeshie Wiley aren't exactly household names, but they recorded a batch of old country-blues songs that scholars consider masterpieces. What's vexing is that Thomas and Wiley totally fell off the map, gone from history despite decades of research. Enter John Sullivan, who, writing for the... More »

Tennessee Overwhelmingly Passes Free College Bill

Bill Haslam to sign proposal offering free 2-year schooling

(Newser) - Soon, every high school graduate in Tennessee will be able to afford at least some further education. The state's House overwhelmingly passed the "Tennessee Promise" bill Tuesday night; it offers graduates a two-and-a-half-year free ride to any qualifying associate's degree or technical certificate program, the Tennessean reports.... More »

UCLA Defends $54K Scholarship for Diddy's Kid

No taxpayer money going to Justin Combs, rep explains

(Newser) - It goes without saying that Justin Combs, son of Sean "Diddy" Combs, doesn't need any financial help in order to attend college, yet UCLA has awarded him a full $54,000 athletic scholarship to play on its football team starting this fall. Needless to say, outcry ensued, but... More »

New Scholarship for White Guys Only

'I felt excluded' from funds, founder says

(Newser) - Texas has a new scholarship for that most flailing of demographic segments: white guys. The fund is the brainchild of an Iraq war veteran who couldn't find money to go back to school—but found plenty for women and other minorities. "I felt excluded," says Colby Bohannon. "... More »

Harvard Student Busted for Stealing Grants

He faked life story, prosecutors say

(Newser) - A former Harvard senior is facing 20 criminal charges for allegedly faking a life story to win admission to the university and then plagiarizing work to steal $45,000 in scholarship and grant money. Adam Wheeler's alleged deception was uncovered when a professor who suspected him of plagiarism went through... More »

Iran Blasts Oxford Tribute to Dead Protester

Regime lodges protest against Neda Soltan scholarship

(Newser) - The Iranian regime has condemned Oxford University's offering of a scholarship in the name of a young woman killed in protests earlier this year as a politically motivated move staged by its enemies. The scholarship is named after Neda Soltan, a 26-year-old philosophy student who became the symbol of the... More »

Obama Kicks Off Radical College Aid Revamp

The administration's goals are both ambitious and controversial

(Newser) - President Obama’s education proposals have taken a backseat to the economy and health care, but the changes he proposes in student lending are about to ignite a fierce lobbying battle, the Washington Post reports. Obama’s plan to move all federal funds for student lending to the Department of... More »

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