Obama Donates Nobel Cash Prize; Internet Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
United States President Barack Obama donated his $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize among 10 charities Thursday, March 11, 2010. Meanwhile, the Internet and its users have been accepted as a possible nominee for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize award.
Obama, the surprise winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize has vowed that he will give the money to charity. He made the following selections:
- $250,000 will go to Fisher House, a house of families of wounded veterans receiving treatment.
- $200,000 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, set up by former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush whom Obama’s requested to spearhead the US group that helps the survivors of the January earthquake in Haiti.
- $125,000 to College Summit
- $125,000 to the Posse Foundation, which awards scholarships to promising public high school students
- $125,000 to the United Negro College Fund
- $125,000 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- $125,000 to the American Indian College Fund
- $125,000 to the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation
- $100,000 to AfriCare, which promotes health, food security and access to water in Africa
- $100,000 to the Central Asia Institute, which promotes education and literacy, especially for girls, in Pakistan and Afghanistan
Meanwhile, nominations for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize are underway. The Internet has been accepted as a nominee. Supporters of the nominations argued that it is a tool of peace. Anyone using it can spread the message of avoiding violence. It can mean that “each and every one of us” will get the Nobel award.