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Money: The Green Dream

ERMWhat do you get when you mix the Philadelphia Eagles and some pharmaceutical company? Apparently some free-flowing cash.

According to the Collegian, ten PSU students recently won $5,000 each in an essay contest about “green dreams.” Only Penn State students in the Environmental Resource Management program were eligible. The papers were to be 3-5 pages and focused on an environmental issue.

Hold up. $5,000 for a 3-5 page paper? Only students in one major could even apply? Sounds like a cash giveaway to me.

The students received VIP treatment at an Eagles game, which included a fancy-schmancy tailgate, a tour of the stadium, free custom jerseys, and those large ceremonial checks usually reserved for lottery winners.

Why the Eagles and Teva Pharmaceuticals? I suppose these scholarships are a great way for money-guzzling corporations to “support green energy” and “give back to the community” (although the companies’ locations are Philadelphia and Israel, respectively).

Anyway, congrats to these lucky students who scored loads of cash with minimal effort. Greenwashing has its benefits after all.

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