Acknowledging a study that shows “one-in-five students have considered doing sex work to pay for college” and “a greater number of male students reported they had helped pay for university by working in some form of sex industry”, Rentboy.com, the largest site for male escorts, yesterday announced a $1,500 prize to a current male student who does sex work (www.rentboy.com/Scholarship – warning: site work-unfriendly) of any type-from porn to escorting and dancing.
The Cash4Class scholarship, according to Rentboy.com, is being offered “as part of [the company’s] commitment to redefine the stigma associated with sex work, and encourage their men to think about long-term career paths outside of the sex industry.” The cash prize will go to the student who submits the best essay or video on Why Going to School is a Part of Achieving My Dream.
The winner will be chosen by adult film actor Colby Keller, who announced it in a video:
Said Rentboy.com’s COO Hawk Kinkaid in a press release:
“Everyone deserves a chance at the American dream. Today’s escorts and porn stars may become tomorrow’s programmers, lawyers, and innovators who will take the adult industry into the next generation of apps, cams, and provider/client verification software. But this isn’t about the adult industry educating its own cohort group. The fact of the matter is that large numbers of students are already turning to sex work to help pay for tuition, room and board, and long-term student loan bills.”