Famous Porn Site Wants To Put Students Through College, But Not In The Way You Might Think

Maybe the most controversial college scholarship to ever exist.

College tuition in the U.S. is ludicrously expensive. Each year, students pay about $70 billion in tuition costs, a price tag that has ballooned student loan debt today to a record-breaking $1.2 trillion. 

Though financial aid has come in many forms, a new college scholarship is being offered by the most unexpected of sources. 

On Wednesday, Pornhub announced that it would award a $25,000 college scholarship to one lucky student. "We work hard to help make millions of people feel happy every single day," the scholarship website said. "In turn, we would like to help support the recipient of the first annual Pornhub Cares Scholarship to realize their goal of doing the same."

Wait, what?

You read right. Pornhub will offer a college scholarship worth $25,000 and students with a college GPA of at least 3.2 are eligible to apply. Pornhub staffers will judge their applications, which include a video submission of the answer to the question: "How do you strive to make others happy?" 

The video will be made public. 

What's the catch?

Naturally, having a porn website — whose most commonly searched term is "teen" — offering college students scholarships is highly controversial. 

Women activist groups have expressed concern that the campaign is really a ploy to exploit vulnerable, cash-strapped young women struggling to pay for college. 

Executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation Dawn Hawkins toldThe Washington Post that it was "an amazing and deceptive marketing tactic. ... A lot of younger people don't realize the consequences and harm of pornography. These videos follow them the rest of their lives, and affect their jobs and relationships in the future to have this out there. … It's really unfortunate we're forcing our kids to sell their bodies to get an education."

But Pornhub disagrees.

Pornhub rejected claims that it will encourage exploitation of low-income students, but Vice President Corey Price conceded to the Post that if a student is against pornography, the scholarship probably wouldn't be right for him or her. 

"You don't have to film a porn to be a winner," Price said, but he noted that you have to at least have a "neutral stance" on porn in general.

The scholarship is being offered by its philanthropic arm, Pornhub Cares. Price added that those who submit sex videos as part of their application "will not be seriously considered," though nudity is not a disqualifying factor. 

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