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Diddy's Son To Go To UCLA On A Full Football Scholarship

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Way to go!

Diddy's son, Justin Combs has just received a full scholarship to UCLA where he will play on the school's football team.

It's not just about sports though - Justin has the brains too. He has a 3.75 GPA and is the head of the African American Society at his school, Iona Prep.

Daddy Diddy couldn't be more proud! He announced his excitement and in a press release:

"As a parent, today is one of the proudest moments of my life. This is everything a father could want for his son, for him to excel at what he loves to do and is truly passionate about. Justin is a shining example of what hard work, determination and a strong mentality can achieve. I am honored to call him my son and am happy that he is fulfilling his dream."

Those are definitely the sentiments of a proud poppa! So happy to hear how much he supports his son.

Congrats, Justin! You are on the road to success!

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Jay-Z Hosts Scholarship Foundation Charity Carnival

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Jay Z and Gloria Carter

Aww! He's such a momma's boy!

Jay-Z, a.k.a Shawn Carter, posed with his mother, Gloria Carter, on the red carpet on Thursday during the Shawn Carter Foundation 2011 Carnival.

The NYC event at Hudoon River Park's Pier 54 cost $1,000 a ticket, but all proceeds benefited the foundation's scholarship program.

Other guests included former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub and New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez!

Check out more pics of the rap icon at his charity event below!

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College Scholarship Created In Honor Of Tyler Clementi.

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Wow. It's nice to see that something positive could come out of such a heartbreaking, sad and unnecessary loss of life.

The Point Foundation has reportedly created a college scholarship in memory of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, who tragically took his own life last year after he was secretly filmed by his roommate being intimate with another man.

According to the press release:

“The Tyler Clementi Point Scholarship was created with the cooperation of Clementi’s parents, Joe and Jane, to honor his memory and further the efforts to end the bullying that many LGBT youth face within educational environments. The organization has set aside funds for the scholarship, while allowing the public and current Point supporters to donate in Clementi’s name online at www.pointfoundation.org or by calling 866-33-POINT (76468).”

Clementi's parents add:

"Our son Tyler was a kind and gentle young man who enjoyed helping people. This scholarship will help college students and it will raise awareness of young people who are subject to abuse through malicious bullying — and so it will help people in Tyler's memory. We are happy to be supportive of Point Foundation and we thank them for establishing this scholarship.”

The scholarship will cover tuition, room and board, school supplies, and will be awarded to LGBT students.

Hopefully this can bring the help, guidance, and resources to other young people that Tyler unfortunately didn't have, as well as keep his memory alive and honored.

Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones during what we're sure is still a very difficult time.

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Tweet For College!

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KFC offers scholarship for best tweet

Finally, all those hours you put into writing the perfect Twitter update may be worth something! If you're a high school senior, at least.

Now through November 26, Kentucky Fried Chicken is giving away a $20,000 scholarship to the best Twitter tweet, tweeting why they are deserving of the Colonel's Scholars scholarship!

Holy twit! That's a lot of cash for only 140 characters!

Although similar contests have been held over the years, according to chief marketing and food innovation officer, John Cywisnki, the company decided to launch the contest because:

"We think this is a smart and strategic way to reach young people online, where they already spend a lot of time."

Now that's some finger lickin' good thinkin'!

The scholarship winner will receive up to $5,000 a year for the next four years to pursue a bachelor's degree at a public college or university in the recipient's home state. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75 and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible.

Finally, another reason for high school students to play with their smart phones in class!

Start outlining your best 140-character essay. KFC is judging on "quality, creativity, ability to tell a story on why they should receive the award, and the entrepreneurial drive and desire to pursue a college education".

Good luck, you little twits!

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Will Ferrel Is Hot For Charity!

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Will Ferrel designs a coffee cup for charity

Writer, actor, producer, and artist?

Will Ferrel has followed in other celebs footsteps joining with 7-Eleven to design a "Cup With a Cause." Pictured above is the actor's artistic endeavor which he boasts, "Yes, I drew the snowman myself."

Now through January 3, when you grab a hot cup of coffee from 7-Eleven featuring the Ferrel's snowman design, you help support his charity of choice, Cancer for College.

The company guarantees that at least a quarter-million dollars will go to the charity, which provides college scholarships for cancer survivors, so make sure to stop by 7-Eleven and grab a hot little snowman!

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Activists Seek To Reform Health In Schools

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Nearly one in three young Americans is overweight or obese, and despite the efforts of the government and non-profits, the problem only seems to be getting worse.

Enter DoSomething.org and athlete Laila Ali. They are launching a program where students are incentivized to brainstorm and implement ideas to improve health in their school. The contest will run through October, and winning students will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Said Ali:

“From a very young age, I’ve learned the importance of exercise and giving your body the fuel it needs to stay strong. I am excited to be part of a campaign encouraging kids to take control of their own future by tackling this issue where it starts, in our nation’s schools.”

This is a brilliant idea because it empowers the very kids struggling with their weight to do something about it — it builds confidence and opens up new doors for healthier schools.

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Will.I.Am. NOT Being A Douche!

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He's doing good things with his scholarship fund!

Will.i.am's is sending kids to college with his i.am scholarship fund, coming up with the idea after receiving a big paycheck for deejaying a couple years ago. He explains:

"I did the math and I could send three kids to school. It's one thing to make it – and you've got your own apartment, or house, or car – and you keep it for you. That's not making it. Making it is spreading it."

"You watch the news and you've got Obama talking about our health reform, you got Al Qaeda, you have the economy, and nobody's talking about education. And that is the scariest, because we could have a nation full of dummies."

Good point — education is SO important!

In addition to receiving their tuition paid, the scholarship recipients also get the opportunity for an internship at Dipdive.com, will.i.am's social networking site and a job there after graduation.

This year the scholarship fund will offer at least FIVE new four-year scholarships to students who wish to study film and television, motion graphics and animation, journalism and computer science.

Awesome!

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