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Porn site's $25K scholarship targets college, grad students

Critics call it talent search for 'content'

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A major website known for X-rated porn is offering a $25,000 college scholarship to the student who best describes how he or she impacts people's lives to make them happy.

Pornhub.com says it's all about the company's Pornhub Cares initiative.

The requirements start with age; you must be 18 to apply, you must be attending a college and you must have a current GPA of 3.2 or better.

The website asks for a written essay of 1,000 to 1,500 words with the theme, "How do you strive to make others happy."

The site also asks for a 2 to 5 minute video "that elaborates on the good work that you do and anything else that you might want to say."

Dawn Hawkins, executive director of the National Center of Sexual Exploitation said this has nothing to do with higher education.

Hawkins, in Orlando last week for a special conference on sexual exploitation, blasted the scholarship as a veiled recruiting tactic.

"This is exactly what their marketing ploy is she says, it's to get more content," said Hawkins.

Hawkins argued the targeted age exposes the company's agenda.

"They're looking for girls to submit video where the girls look very young," said Hawkins. "So they are going straight to that audience, college age kids."

Corey Price, vice president of Pornhub.com, said the allegation is way out of line.

In an email to WKMG-TV News 6 Price said: "In no way whatsoever is this scholarship meant to recruit talent. I want to make that vehemently clear. It's a philanthropic initiative on behalf of Pornhub Cares to give back to a deserving student. We understand the immense burden that college tuition carries and we want to have our hand in helping out."

According to savingforcollege.com, the average cost of a four-year education at an in-state public university is just under $40,000. $25,000 would definitely help.

The web site has posted 12 video applications of men and women ranging from a coed hoping to get a job in the hospitality industry to a grad student who has already established a television production company.

Hawkins said she doesn't trust their intentions.

"This isn't about good will and trying to help disadvantaged youth find a way to pay for college," said Hawkins. "This is about making a lot more money for them."

The contest, which closes Oct. 31, is taking submissions from currently enrolled college or graduate school students who are 18 or older, "whether you are studying medicine, botany, paranormal psychology, or anything in between," according to the website.