Alicia Keys offers scholarships in 4 cities



Alicia Keys offersscholarships in 4 cities
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Alicia Keys wants to help talented youngsters go to college, so the Grammy award winner is offering 5,000 scholarships to students from four cities. "We're just looking for standout students who are definitely college-bound and need a little bit of help financially to really achieve their dreams," Keys said. The four scholarship winners will be selected from Jacksonville, New Orleans, Atlanta and New York City's Harlem neighborhood. The Open Doors Scholars Program is part of Frum Tha Ground Up, a Jacksonville-based nonprofit organization started by Keys' road manager, D.J. Walton, who went to college in Jacksonville.
Bindi Irwin promotesAustralia, wildlife
NEW YORK -- The media-savvy 8-year-old daughter of the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin is doing her bit to promote her native Australia, adding music to her prowess with animals. Bindi Irwin appeared on stage Saturday as part of the annual Australia Week tourism promotion, singing about snakes and eagles while fellow cast members held live animals. At least one young audience member was inspired by Bindi's show. "I want to become a conservationist and go to Australia when I graduate from college," said 7-year-old Megan Meyer. Bindi's father was killed by a stingray last fall while filming one of his popular television documentaries on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Press Club.
Today's birthdays
Actress Piper Laurie is 75. Actor Seymour Cassel is 72. Author Joseph Wambaugh is 70. Actor John Hurt is 67. Country singer-musician Teddy Gentry (Alabama) is 55. Movie director Jim Jarmusch is 54. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Mike Bossy is 50. Actress Linda Blair is 48. Actress Diane Lane is 42. Actor-rap DJ Jazzy Jeff is 42. Country singer Regina Nicks (Regina Regina) is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Gay (Shai) is 38. Actor Christopher Kennedy Masterson is 27. Pop singer Willa Ford is 26. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kelton Kessee (IMX) is 26. Actress Beverley Mitchell is 26. Rock singer-musician Ben Moody is 26.

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