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.