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The blogging scholarship enigma

By Tom Chatfield  

In one of the first schemes of its kind, a shortlist of web-savvy American students have spent the last few months competing for a $10,000 blogging scholarship to help with tuition fees—just one part of a scheme conceived by the American philanthropist Daniel Kovach, whose Daniel Kovach Scholarship Foundation also offers cash awards to female and minority students, web designers, political bloggers and majors in library and information sciences.

It’s a project with a distinctly utopian tone: as the foundation’s website puts it, “those who freely express themselves are far more likely to find their true passions and connect with…

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