College Students Head Back to Campus with Amazon Prime Student

Amazon Prime Student members enjoy Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 30 million items and now receive $10 when they refer a friend to the program.


SEATTLE, Wash. — The New Year is in full swing and Amazon is helping college students return from the holidays and get ready for the second half of the academic year, from restocking everyday essentials to renting textbooks. Amazon Prime Student, which is half the price of a regular Amazon Prime membership, offers students the ease of shopping online with Free Two-Day Shipping, unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, exclusive college deals and so much more. And, for a limited time, students can earn themselves and their friends a $10 credit for every person they refer who signs up for an Amazon Prime Student trial. Find out more here.

Students who sign up for Amazon Prime Student receive a six month trial and immediately start enjoying Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 30 million items plus free game content with Twitch, unlimited listening to original Audible series and unlimited reading on any device with Prime Reading. Amazon Prime Student members can also take advantage of unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows through Prime Video.

Once bags are unpacked and students settle in to prepare for classes, Amazon makes the transition from vacation back to class easy with the Amazon Textbooks Store, offering savings of up to 80% off list price for rentals between 30 to 360 days and up to 60% off purchases. With Amazon’s flexible rental program, students can decide how long to keep the material. And, when it comes time to send items back, Amazon will pay for return shipping.

And, don’t forget to redeem those Amazon Gift Cards. Amazon Gift Cards do not expire and can be redeemed on hundreds of millions of items on from physical to digital products, including those dorm room or apartment necessities.

For the latest deals on must-have back-to-school essentials, follow Amazon Prime Student on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

About Amazon Prime Student
Amazon Prime Student gives college students unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 30 million items. Students can sign up for a six-month trial of Amazon Prime Student at no cost to access these benefits, plus unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, free unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos and unlimited reading across devices with Prime Reading. After that it’s just $49 a year — half the price of a regular Amazon Prime membership — and includes over a million songs with Prime Music and exclusive gaming discounts with Twitch Prime. To learn more, visit

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Phi Kappa Phi 2017 Award Programs Now Open

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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective multidisciplinary honor society—is now accepting applications for its 2017 award programs. These awards include Fellowships, Study Abroad Grants, Literacy Grants and Love of Learning Awards. The awards provide funds for graduate study, continuing education, professional development, literacy initiatives and studies abroad.

Since 1933, Phi Kappa Phi’s award programs have recognized members and students on its chapter campuses for outstanding academic achievement. Currently, $1.4 million is awarded each biennium. Last year the organization recognized over 280 individuals.

Programs now accepting applications include:

  • Study Abroad Grants: 50 grants of $1,000 each will be awarded to both members and non-members studying abroad. The deadline to apply is February 15.
  • Literacy Grants: Grants of up to $2,500 are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members seeking funding for literacy initiatives. The deadline to apply is April 1.
  • Love of Learning Awards: One hundred awards, at $500 each, are available to help fund post-baccalaureate studies and professional development for members. The deadline to apply is April 1.
  • Fellowships: Six Fellowships of $15,000 each and 51 Fellowships of $5,000 each are available to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study. The deadline to apply varies by chapter. Contact your local chapter for deadline information.

For more information including eligibility requirements and application instructions for each program, please visit

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit


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Hannah Breaux
Communications Director



“Adderall” available now!


Max Frost, named by RollingStone and NPR as one of their “10 Artists You Need To Know,” has released the video for “Adderall”. This incredibly addicting new song follows up his ‘Intoxication’ EP, which featured several tracks that hit #1 on Hype Machine’s “Most Popular Tracks on Blogs” chart.

The video was shot mainly in an ice cream truck on the streets of Los Angeles and according to Max, “I wanted to portray a character who shows both the light side and the dark side of a useful drug like Adderall. The come up and the crash.”

Off the back of the ‘Intoxication’ EP, 2016 has seen Max on the road and selling out shows around the world from the US to Australia to Europe, including his first extremely successful US headline tour. Frost has toured with such names as Gary Clark Jr., Fitz & The Tantrums, HONNE, and Wild Child.

Max’s “INTOXICATION” EP is available everywhere now for download and streaming.

For more information, please visit: (@maxfrostmusic)


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Contest inspired by the upcoming film ‘Hidden Figures’, will award up to $200,000 in scholarships to promising female leaders


PURCHASE, NY, Nov 30, 2016 – PepsiCo and 21st Century Fox, in partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), announce “The Search for Hidden Figures” – a new scholarship contest designed to help uncover the next generation of female leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program is inspired by the highly-anticipated feature film “Hidden Figures”, in theaters nationwide on January 6, 2017, produced by Pharrell Williams, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and Jim Parsons. The film tells the ‘untold’ story of three African American female NASA mathematicians during the Space Race of the 1960’s. This contest will support today’s emerging STEM visionaries by awarding over $200,000 in scholarships and other prizes to over 20 winners.

“PepsiCo is incredibly proud to work with 21st Century Fox and the New York Academy of Sciences to shine a light on women and girls doing outstanding but unheralded work in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo’s Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development. “The ‘Hidden Figures’ story is being told at a time when advances in each of these fields are creating unprecedented opportunities to develop solutions for many of the world’s biggest challenges. PepsiCo is proud to actively support the discovery of STEM talent and the development of STEM skills in the workforce.”

Beginning November 14, 2016 through December 10, 2016, online entries will be accepted directly at Semi-finalists will be selected in mid-December, and each will be asked to provide a video submission for continued consideration. Top video submissions will then be judged by a notable panel of judges that include: “Hidden Figures” Producer Pharrell Williams; “Hidden Figures” Producer Donna Gigliotti; Fox 2000 President Elizabeth Gabler; and President of the New York Academy of Sciences Ellis Rubinstein.

On January 12, 2017, two grand prize winners will be announced. Winners will receive access to the NYAS STEM skills training materials and programs, up to $200,000 in scholarships, and a trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Florida.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to share the story of Katherine Johnson and her peers whose contributions have remained hidden for too long,” said Lachlan Murdoch, Executive Chairman of 21st Century Fox. “At 21CF, we believe in the power of storytelling to inspire the next generation of talent to dream bigger and unlock their full potential, and through The Search for Hidden Figures contest we are excited to give young women across the country the encouragement to pursue those dreams.”

To help encourage participation, PepsiCo and 21st Century Fox will be supporting the campaign with a national TV and digital media campaign featuring the film’s lead actress, Taraji P. Henson, as well as messages of encouragement from the film’s actresses and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from “Hidden Figures” on the contest’s website. To further discussion around STEM, PepsiCo will also be launching a collection of STEM mobile and web games, quizzes and challenges for students and fans of the film to test their skills. The mobile and web games can be found at

At PepsiCo, deep scientific and technological expertise is critical to meeting the company’s Performance with Purpose goals. Unlocking new ways to create more nutritionally advantaged foods and beverages or delivering tangible plans to increase production while reducing the company’s environment footprint, all rely on STEM leadership. By investing in today’s emerging talent, PepsiCo is playing a role in inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders who will likely become the driving force behind the company’s future innovation and topline growth.

PepsiCo recently announced a commitment to improve the lives of 12.5 million women and girls by 2025, as part of its Performance with Purpose goals. Given that women represent only 24 percent of the STEM workforce, PepsiCo is particularly committed to expanding and encouraging STEM opportunities among female students and professionals.

Prior to the Search for Hidden Figures contest, PepsiCo was the founding chair of the STEM Innovation Taskforce, a coalition on of more than 35 industry, government, educator and NGO partners who work cross functionally to develop and implement programs to help solve the STEM shortfall. Additionally, PepsiCo holds a longstanding relationship with NYAS and continues to support “The Junior Academy of the New York Academy of Sciences” – a virtual program dedicated to engaging exceptional STEM students. For more information about The Junior Academy of NYAS, please visit

“Hidden Figures,” directed by Theodore Melfi, is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. The film was written by Allison Schroeder and Melfi and is based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly.

The film opens wide on January 6, 2017. For more information and to watch the trailer, please visit

About PepsiCo:
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $63 billion in net revenue in 2015, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our fundamental belief that the success of our company is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world around us. We believe that continuously improving the products we sell, operating responsibly to protect our planet and empowering people around the world is what enables PepsiCo to run a successful global company that creates long-term value for society and our shareholders. For more information, visit

About 21st Century Fox:
21st Century Fox is the world’s premier portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and satellite assets spanning six continents across the globe. Reaching more than 1.8 billion subscribers in approximately 50 local languages every day, 21st Century Fox is home to a global portfolio of cable and broadcasting networks and properties, including FOX, FX, FXX, FXM, FS1, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FOX Sports, Fox Sports Network, National Geographic, STAR India, 28 local television stations in the U.S. and more than 350 international channels; film studio Twentieth Century Fox Film; and television production studios Twentieth Century Fox Television and a 50% ownership interest in Endemol Shine Group. The Company also holds a 39.1% ownership interest in Sky, Europe’s leading entertainment company, which serves 22 million customers across five countries. For more information about 21st Century Fox, please visit

About the New York Academy of Sciences
The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization that since 1817 has been driving innovative solutions to society’s challenges by advancing scientific research, education, and policy. With more than 20,000 members in 100 countries, the Academy is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. Please visit us online at and follow us on Twitter at @NYASciences.

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The Most Popular Entry-Level Jobs and Companies for College Graduates


Looking for your first job out of college? These are the companies hiring the most new grads and the most popular jobs among 2016 grads.

Graduation is fast approaching, and companies have posted millions of internships and entry-level jobs on LinkedIn. But like many students, you may not know how to start looking for a job, or even what your options are.

Our biggest advice is — don’t wait. Build your LinkedIn profile, and get started on your job search today.

Here are the companies that have hired the most U.S. grads in 2016, and the most popular jobs for college grads.

Most Popular Companies for Recent Graduates:
1. Deloitte
2. EY
3. PwC
4. Amazon
5. Oracle
6. Accenture
7. Target
8. JPMorgan Chase
9. Insight Global
10. Lockheed Martin

Most Popular Entry-Level Jobs and Median Salaries for Recent Graduates:
1. Account Manager - $50,000
2. Software engineer – $80,000
3. Business analyst – $59,000
4. Customer service representative - $35,000
5. Administrative assistant – $39,500
6. Recruiter - $39,200
7. Consultant - $73,000
8. Investment Banking Analyst - $85,000
9. Graphic Designer - $36,000
10. Staff Accountant - $50,000

LinkedIn is here to help you every step of your career journey to land a job you love. Browse entry level jobs on LinkedIn, and get started on planning your career journey today.

Methodology: To create this list, we looked at the 10 most popular entry-level jobs and companies that 2016 college graduates went into in the U.S. based on LinkedIn profile data of millions of students. Median salaries are the U.S. median of 0-1 year(s) of experience for each role as reported by LinkedIn Salary. The results of this analysis represent the world as seen through the lens of LinkedIn data. As such, it is influenced by how members choose to use the site, which can vary based on professional, social, and regional culture, as well as overall site availability and accessibility.

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Sophie Sieck
(415) 717-6241

National Meningitis Association Urges Students to take Pledge2Prevent

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FORT MYERS, FL – November 15, 2016 – In response to outbreaks of meningococcal disease on college campuses and the increased risk of infection among college-age populations, the National Meningitis Association (NMA) launched the Pledge2Prevent toolkit this week. The toolkit contains a variety of materials that will help student organizations, including fraternities and sororities, advocate for campus vaccine mandates and educate fellow students about meningococcal disease and its prevention.

Recent meningococcal disease outbreaks on U.S. college campuses, including University Wisconsin Madison, Santa Clara University, and Rutgers University illustrate the importance of vaccination against this devastating disease. Since these outbreaks, as well as most of the recent cases on college campuses, have primarily involved cases of serogroup B disease, the toolkit emphasizes that students should receive both the MenACWY and the MenB vaccines to be fully protected.

“Vaccination is the only way to protect yourself from meningococcal disease,” says Lynn Bozof, NMA President, “and everyone at increased risk needs to know that you need both kinds of vaccines to be best protected against the five major types of this disease.”

As part of the campaign, NMA included the stories of two advocates: Kolton Kreston, who survived serogroup B disease when he was a college junior, and Claudette Lewis, who lost her daughter Cherice to the disease when she was a sophomore.

“Fighting meningitis was the biggest obstacle I ever faced. The pain was so intense at times I didn’t want to live. I urge every student to learn more about meningitis and get both vaccines.” said Kolton, who now coaches wrestling at Northwestern College in Iowa.

The toolkit also features a video with more advocate stories. The video urges adolescents and young adults to talk to their doctors about both kinds of meningococcal vaccines.

Adolescents and young adults 16-23 years old are at increased risk of contracting meningococcal disease, which is fast moving and can be deadly or debilitating. Two vaccines offer protection against all five of the major strains of the disease: A, C, W, Y and B.

Other components of the toolkit include materials, such as a poster, fliers, an FAQ, and a sample petition, that can be used by members of the college community to educate others or advocate for change.

About meningococcal disease
Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection that most often leads to severe swelling of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) or infection of the bloodstream (meningococcemia). Even with antibiotic treatment, 10 to 15 out of 100 people infected with meningococcal disease will die; about 11 to 19 out of every 100 survivors will have long-term disabilities, such as loss of limb(s), deafness, nervous system problems, or brain damage.

About the National Meningitis Association
The National Meningitis Association (NMA) works to protect families from the potentially devastating effects of meningococcal disease by educating the public, medical professionals and others about the disease and its prevention. The NMA network also provides critical emotional support for families who have been affected by meningococcal disease. Visit for more information.

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Media Contact
Thomas Lloyd
National Meningitis Association
(212) 886-2274

American Cancer Society and CVS Health Foundation Award Grants to Help 20 Colleges and Universities Go Tobacco-Free in Largest Initiative of Its Kind


University of Pennsylvania is first Ivy League school to pursue 100% tobacco-free campus policy
Morning Consult survey shows strong public support for addressing smoking and tobacco use among college students
Now accepting online applications for next round of tobacco-free campus grants

ATLANTA, GA (November 14, 2016) – The American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation today awarded grants to 20 U.S. colleges and universities as part of their Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), a $3.6 million multi-year program intended to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. The announcement coincides this week with the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout.

The Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative is part of Be The First, CVS Health’s five-year, $50 million initiative that supports education, advocacy, tobacco control, and healthy behavior programming to help deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. CVS Health has set actionable and measurable goals for Be The First, including a doubling of the number of tobacco-free college and university campuses in the United States.

“With our partners at CVS Health, we are excited to support the efforts of many dedicated students, faculty and staff to make their campuses smoke- and tobacco-free using proven strategies that will also reduce tobacco use among students,” said Gary M. Reedy, Chief Executive Officer for the American Cancer Society. “To be successful in creating a tobacco-free generation, it is important that we prevent and eliminate lethal and addictive tobacco use among college students.”

The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout will take place on Thursday, November 17. The annual intervention effort encourages smokers to quit for a day, quit for good, or make a plan to quit, and raises awareness around the many tools and resources they can use to help them quit.

Grant Recipients from Coast to Coast
Over the next three years, the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative will award grants to a total of 125 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with the greatest need for stronger tobacco prevention and control. The grants will help schools successfully advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. Campuses will also receive technical assistance and resources to support their efforts with education, communications, cessation, and evaluation.

The University of Pennsylvania is one of the first 20 grant recipients, and is working towards becoming the first Ivy League institution to adopt a 100 percent tobacco-free campus policy.

“We are grateful to be among the recipients of the American Cancer Society/CVS Health Foundation tobacco control grant as it recognizes and supports Penn’s commitment to a tobacco-free campus,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Under the leadership of Penn pulmonologist Frank Leone, we have developed an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to smoking cessation that has yielded unprecedented success in just two years. Frank Leone and his colleagues understand the complexity of the problem of tobacco dependence and the need to take a long-term view to change tobacco behaviors. This generous grant will greatly aid the University’s ongoing efforts to effectively address this major public health epidemic.”

Other grant recipients include: Bowling Green State University (Ohio), California State University San Marcos, Davenport University (Mich.), East Carolina University (N.C.), El Paso Community College (Texas), Indiana University – Bloomington, Lenoir-Rhyne University (N.C.), Merritt College (Calif.), Montclair State University (N.J.), Oakland University (Mich.), Penn State University (Pa.), Piedmont Community College (N.C.), Saint Mary’s College of California, Springfield College (Mass.), St. Xavier University (Ill.), Texas Christian University, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College (Ohio) and University of Michigan.

Public Support for Tobacco Control on Campus
TFGCI grants are intended to address a critical, unmet need by supporting efforts to advocate for, establish and institute smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. The U.S. Department of Education reports there are approximately 4,700 institutions of higher education in the United States. According to the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, only 1,427 campuses are 100-percent smoke- and tobacco-free. That reflects major progress over earlier years, but much remains to be done.

According to a new national Morning Consult poll of 2,202 registered voters commissioned by CVS Health on October 12-18 2016, there is strong public support for addressing the continued impact of tobacco use on college and university campuses. Among the key poll findings:

- Seventy-six-percent of Americans think youth smoking and/or tobacco use is a problem. Similarly, 69% of Americans think college student smoking and/or tobacco use is a problem.
- More than half of Americans (56%) think the number of tobacco-free campuses is too low. This is similar among U.S. college students where the combined percentage is 54 percent.
- Three-quarters (75%) of Americans support policies that prohibit smoking and other tobacco use on college campuses.
- Fifty-two percent of Americans think whether or not a campus is tobacco-free is an important consideration when applying to, and potentially attending, a college/university, ranking behind academic quality (86%) and quality of housing (79%), but ahead of how competitive athletic teams are (38%).

“We’re at a critical moment in our nation’s efforts to end the epidemic of smoking and tobacco use, and expanding the number of tobacco-free college and university campuses is an important step in our efforts,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., and Chief Medical Officer for CVS Health. “We’re confident our strategy will drive a significant decline in the number of new college-age smokers, and contribute to the progress being made where a tobacco-free generation in the U.S. seems possible.”

Accepting Applications for New Grants
In partnership with the CVS Health Foundation, the American Cancer Society will begin accepting online applications for the next round of Tobacco-Free Generation Initiative (TFGCI) grants. The fall grant cycle will run through February 28, 2017 with the names of grant recipients to be announced in May 2017.

In addition to grants, colleges and universities will receive technical assistance throughout the tobacco-free policy planning and implementation process. Technical assistance will be provided through webinars, online resources and limited one-on-one consultations.

To learn more about the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), U.S. colleges and universities are encouraged to visit To apply for a TFGCI grant, visit

For downloadable multimedia assets related to this announcement, visit

About The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 23 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit

About the CVS Health Foundation
The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. We also invest in scholarship programs that open the pathways to careers in pharmacy to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our philanthropy also extends to supporting our colleagues’ spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Challenge grants to nonprofits where they donate their time and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit


American Cancer Society: Charaighn Sesock, 559.972.4877,
CVS Health: Joe Goode, 401.770.9820,

BPU Offers Sentiment Analysis Free to Universities


SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA—November 2, 2016–BPU Holdings Corporation (BPU) of Seoul, South Korea and BPU International today announced plans to offer free licenses for its ZimGo sentiment analysis platform to university development partners in Korea and the U.S. ZimGo leaps over competitive natural language processing (NLP) offerings in major ways with limited beta available first in Korean. BPU will soon announce details of a scholarship competition among participating universities.

“It is time to unleash the power of young college developers on the potential for sentiment analysis, machine learning, and the ZimGo platform,” states Oh Sanggyoon, CEO for BPU Holdings. “ZimGo is already ahead of very large competitors with its advanced features. Bright young minds can help us explore applications the world has yet to think of for natural language analytics and deep learning leveraging big data.“

While BPU is researching potential ZimGo applications for Law Enforcement, HealthCare, and Education, the company seeks to empower educational partners to advance this technology. Each university receiving free licenses will agree to mutually beneficial milestones while gaining access to the world-class BPU team pioneering this field for more than half a decade.

Another clear beneficiary of ZimGo’s potential is in the Political/Governmental area. ZimGo analysis of social media sentiment between U.S. presidential candidates reveals neck in neck public positive/negative feeling towards the candidates. Measuring areas like economy, foreign affairs, healthcare, immigration, income distribution, and Washington culture, the recent debates only minimally affected sentiment—perhaps confirming the level of follower commitment this late in the election process.

There are notable exceptions in two measured areas. Whereas, overall social sentiment regarding immigration is more positive for Trump, Clinton sentiment is more positive in the area of income distribution.

“This kind of social analytics empowers people to make more informed decisions as they seek to deal with the flood of social interactivity and manage their tribe while protecting privacy,” states Craig Burton, legendary technologist, advisor and BPU technical strategy leader.”

Recently announced solutions by large competitors tout limited Sentiment Analysis, as most are announcing simple API’s. BPU Holdings has support for API’s and ZimGo is a complete Sentiment Analysis application. While these recently announced platforms perform Syntax Analysis one sentence at a time, ZimGo scores entire paragraphs. More importantly, ZimGo has added support for emoticons. While others use a standard dictionary, in the English version due out later this year, slang is also analyzed using configurable dictionaries. ZimGo provides Entity Recognition for people or organizations. Planned Premium versions allow for in-depth analysis over time by person, brand, or entity.

Initially available in Korean, English and Japanese versions will soon be available in limited beta release. Those interested in joining the Beta may enroll for the beta at

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About BPU
BPU Holdings is a private Korean corporation that makes social networks better and search tech smarter, empowering the individual as the center of the connected universe, while protecting privacy. They bring this advanced technology first to the Korean market, then the world. The company currently focuses on Big Data, Sentiment Analysis, Natural Language Pattern recognition, Machine Learning algorithms, Social Science and Tribe Management as a service. Information about BPU is available by contacting


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DePauw Student Wins $15K Scholarship to Study in New Zealand

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Berkeley, CA and Wellington, New Zealand – Go Overseas and Education New Zealand have announced the winner of their 3rd annual full-tuition scholarship to study abroad in New Zealand for a semester. Alicia Cotsoradis, a junior biochemistry major at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, found out that she has won the $15,000 (USD) scholarship towards semester tuition and accommodation stipend.

With this scholarship, she will have the opportunity to gain a world-class education, make lifelong friendships, have unbeatable experiences and learn new ways of thinking – all for free. In addition, STA Travel will be sponsoring the student’s round-trip flight.

Originally from Lawrence, Kansas, Cotsoradis who plans to eventually study medicine, wrote in her application, “I chose to study abroad in order to eventually make me a better doctor. My patients will have such a large array of backgrounds, and during this semester abroad I want to work to know cultures other than my own so I can better my empathy skills and set myself up for success.”

She continued, “Specifically, I chose New Zealand because it represents a culture of imagination and an appreciation for all things beautiful. Between the incredible scenery, the love for adventure, and a culture based on long standing traditions, New Zealand holds all the elements necessary for me to explore myself and merge my science background with more hands on skills that will help me later in life.”

Representatives from Go Overseas and Education New Zealand traveled to the DePauw University campus in Greencastle, Indiana, to deliver the news.


Photo of Alicia Cotsoradis, a junior biochemistry major at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, who is bound to New Zealand.

Alanna Dick, Field Director for North America for Education New Zealand, said, “After meeting Alicia and her family and friends at the DePauw campus, I am even more excited for Alicia to start her semester in New Zealand. Alicia’s drive to become a better doctor by experiencing New Zealand culture and meeting people from diverse backgrounds is inspiring and we are excited to be able to support her dream and follow her on this journey.”

The two past winners of the scholarship have had incredible adventures during their semester abroad in New Zealand. The 2014 winner was Emma Faucher of Castleton University in Vermont. Last year’s winner, Colin Murchison, of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, from the University of Arkansas has extended his stay and launched a blog called Adaptography with the goal of promoting cultural, financial and environmental sustainability through multiple forms of artwork including photography, videography and the written word.

Murchison said, “During my semester here, a passion and drive was lit inside me, and I knew I needed to do whatever I could to promote and educate others on environmental, cultural, and financial sustainability. To do so, I went through much self-evaluation and determined a way to best utilize my skill sets, ultimately creating”

“We’re incredibly excited that the New Zealand government shares our enthusiasm about international education and it’s so rewarding to offer such a meaningful scholarship,” says Mitch Gordon, Co-Founder and CEO of Go Overseas. Safe, culturally diverse and outstandingly beautiful, New Zealand is ranked in the top 10 countries in the world for its higher education and training.

The paperless scholarship application is unlike a traditional essay format. The goal is to get students engaged and excited about New Zealand from the get-go so even if they don’t win the scholarship, they will still be invested in studying abroad. Students can find information about the prestigious New Zealand universities they can attend, as well as learn about what it’s like to live in the island nation. During the application, students can choose whether they’d like to apply for Spring, Summer or Fall terms. They can also select up to three programs, either directly through a university or a study abroad program provider. The final step is to submit a high quality essay and New Zealand themed photo. The application for next year’s scholarship opens in late August on the website.

About Go Overseas
Go Overseas has a mission to empower everyone to engage in meaningful travel. Peer reviews, interviews, articles, and more help people make educated decisions on their travel programs. Go Overseas strives to provide reliable resources for our nearly 1 million monthly visitors so they are inspired to travel with a purpose.

About Education New Zealand (ENZ)
Education New Zealand’s primary role in student recruitment is to market New Zealand as an education destination to international students. Through their research and marketing programs, collaboration with international education partners and involvement in student recruitment and business development initiatives, ENZ aims to help their industry achieve growth. They have staff in 18 overseas locations and their head office is in Wellington.

Contact Information and Social Media Links

Mandi Schmitt, PR & Special Projects Director, Go Overseas | +1 (410) 533-9987 | @Mandi_Overseas | LinkedIn
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GoFundMe Awards $100,000 in Scholarships to 10 Promising Students

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 20, 2016 – GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform, today announced the ten recipients of the first GoFundMe Scholarship program, giving a total of $100,000 toward their education. Each of the ten students will be awarded $10,000 to help pay for their college expenses.

To qualify for the scholarship, each student created a GoFundMe campaign, sharing personal stories of obstacles they’ve overcome in pursuing their education, how they’ve demonstrated character, and what winning the scholarship would mean to them with the hashtag #GFMScholarship. In just a week, the contest had more than 600 campaigns raise over $200,000 towards college expenses.

“We’re proud and excited to help these remarkable, determined students achieve their educational dreams,” said Rob Solomon, GoFundMe CEO. “All of us here have been touched by the stories shared by the scholarship winners, and we can’t wait to see how they’ll continue to give back to their communities.”

The ten GoFundMe scholarship winners come from different backgrounds and have unique life goals, but all have been determined to get an education despite challenges that have come their way. From Emettra, a single mother who went back to school and is finishing up her senior year to Alan, who went from a life of gang violence to college dean’s list.

Over the past several years, students, teachers, and parents are increasingly turning to GoFundMe to raise money for education expenses, including tuition. In fact, in the last two years, over $100 million has been raised on GoFundMe for education related campaigns, making it the fastest growing category on the platform.

Here are the winners of this year’s GoFundMe Scholarship:

Aubriana Mency is attending Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. When she was in second grade her father died of bone cancer, and she and her mother became homeless. Without a reliable home, the Boston native missed several months of school, but made a promise to both of her parents that she would always work hard in school.  Mency received a scholarship from Hampshire that will pay for her first year in full, but she’s raising money on GoFundMe to help with additional expenses in the years to come.

Pauline Muturi came to the U.S. with her family from East Africa 19 years ago, and despite their struggles, her parents taught her the importance of perseverance and the value of getting an education. Pauline is a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) student and is not eligible for federal financial aid. She is currently attending Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, and while she works two jobs and maintains a 3.56 GPA, she worries if she’ll be able to stay.

Emettra Nelson is a single mother in her final year at Michigan State with only 19 credit hours between her and a degree in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Currently living in East Lansing, she recently learned she was not awarded the financial aid that she’s had in previous years. While she works part-time, the money she makes is not enough to cover tuition. Emettra turned to GoFundMe to get to the finish line and make her daughter proud.

Amir Fluellen‘s father has been incarcerated since before Amir could walk. The Philadelphia native is starting his freshman year atSalisbury University in Maryland. He and his two brothers were raised primarily by his mother, and at age 5, Amir made a promise to his parents that he would graduate from college. He was well on his way until his mother was diagnosed with cancer. Though she has recovered, the financial burden of her illness limited his family’s ability to help him pay for college. Amir, an avid lacrosse player, turned to GoFundMe for help.

Alyssa Wray is an honor student who graduated high school with a 4.01 GPA. Wray has always prioritized her education and was excited to attend Virginia Tech this fall. When her sister contracted a rare “flesh-eating” bacterial infection, which requires someone to be with her 24 hours a day, Alyssa and her family focused on her sister’s recovery. Medical bills have taken a toll on the family, so Alyssa turned to GoFundMe to help with tuition for her first year at Virginia Tech.

Alan Gonez loved school when he was younger, but after getting mixed up with the wrong crowd in middle school, and losing his close friends in gang shootings, Alan moved to a different school. It was there he joined the P.R.I.D.E program and turned his life around, raising his GPA from 1.8 to 3.8. After high school, Alan attended Cerritos Community College where he obtained a 4.0 GPA and made the Dean’s List his last two semesters. Along with his full school load, he pursued extracurricular activities and volunteer opportunities to give back to his community. Alan is now attending UCLA studying Geography.

Bezaleel (Bez) Balan was born in the Philippines and grew up in Guam. Her family then moved to San Francisco so she could pursue her college education. Her parents did cooking, cleaning, and construction jobs to support her undergraduate education at University of San Francisco, where she graduated magna cum laude. Bez is now in her final year of graduate school at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. Bez has designed an elementary school in Sudan and orphanages in Haiti. She works multiple jobs and maintains straight As in hopes of continuing to pay it forward.

Sandy Gonzalez moved to the U.S. from Mexico at age 6, only to be abandoned by her mother. Her grandmother, an immigrant herself, fought to become her legal guardian and get Sandy permanent residency so she could stay in the U.S. and continue her education. Sandy is the first person in her family to attend college and is a sophomore at California Lutheran University with a GPA of 3.7.

In three years, Gonzalez will be able to apply for citizenship and will also help her grandmother become a citizen. Sandy says she wants to help those in need so that they never have to feel alone in a big world like she did. She plans to go on to get her PhD in Psychology.

Mayia Vranas was diagnosed with Tourette’s and OCD in the 3rd grade. Despite her disability, Mayia stayed focused and graduated with straight As. She’s now attending UC Berkeley, where she is studying physics and is the Co-VP of the Society for Physics Students. Because of her disability, Mayia cannot maintain a job on top of her academic schedule, but needs to take an extra semester for her courses.  She plans to go on to graduate school in physics to receive her Ph.D., which she has dreamed of doing since she was a young girl.

Thayne Yazzie grew up on a Navajo reservation without running water or electricity. When he was a child, he had an emergency where he was airlifted out of the remote area and rushed to a hospital. If not for that flight, he wouldn’t have received the necessary medical treatment. He realized then that he wanted to help the Navajo Nation by giving them more access to healthcare and get a Medevac certification. He graduated from Western Washington University, moved back home to teach at his childhood school and is now atEastern New Mexico University working towards his flight certification. Thayne is also a talented artist, and for each donation he received on his GoFundMe campaign he sent a piece of his art.

About GoFundMe
Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest online fundraising platform, with over $3 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 25 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives.

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