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High School Student Turns to Web for College Expenses

Rachel Harris, a 17-year-old high school student, has placed her educational future in the hands of strangers. The Muskegon, Michigan senior hopes to attend the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, next year, but the daunting $46,000 annual price tag creates a significant dilemma. Ms. Harris sports a 3.97 grade point average and ranks 10th in her class, but even after submitting at least 10 scholarship applications, she told the Associated Press (AP) "the only thing that is keeping me from possibly going is the financial aspect to it."

Inspired by President Obama and his campaign for the White House, or, more specifically, the $600 million he raised thanks in part to Internet donations, Harris decided to turn to the Web to drum up support for her own university campaign. She launched a Web site,, through which people can donate money to help her achieve her goal.

One thing we didn't notice while perusing the site was any mention of employment, although in this economy you can't really hold that against her. At least she's being honest, and not claiming to be the missing daughter of a Nigerian prince who needs help claiming her inheritance.

So, take a look at her site, and afterward, if you're still feeling the spirit of giving, check back with us in a few days. We're beginning construction on our own site, and even though we haven't settled on a name yet, we're working on procuring the rights to wewanttogotothecaribbean. [From: AP/]

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