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Would you drop out of college for $100,000?

Emily Howard

The Thiel Fellowship gives young adults $50,000 a year for two years to do anything but be in college. The fellows, who can't be older than 20 when they apply, are diving head first into the real world and focusing on personal projects ranging from creating low cost solar panels in Africa to working in Silicon Valley.

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  • Andrew Kurcan

    I would have loved such an opportunity :) Bravo!

  • Jamie Nash

    Wow, I wish someone would have given me this kind of money to drop out and do something truly worthwhile. This is awesome! I'm actually really jealous. It reminds me of the old question, "What would you do if you knew you could not fail?"

  • Andrew Reynolds

    When I traveled abroad, I was shocked to learn that so many teenagers around the world don't see college as a necessity for personal or professional development, but they see experience as the key. Glad to see a program out there that gives people other options.

  • cwisener

    Nice. Giving young people the opportunity to work and grow before college can allow them to make better career choices.