The one-week check-in on the scholarship

DMZ · December 2, 2008 at 8:00 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Before the holiday, I started the Dave Cameron Memorial Scholarship Drive after my co-author Dave lost out in an internet polling for a $10k blogging scholarship (an outcome which still makes me angry). Anyway, in response to suggestions I launched the drive, and I offered to match the first $500 in contributions, someone else set up a tracker widget on Pledgie…

So, a second and probably final pitch: all contributions go to Dave except what Paypal skims.

Click here to lend your support to: The USS Mariner Dave Scholarship and make a donation at !

We’re actually somewhat ahead of that, by at least my match. This whole thing fills me with happiness towards humanity (which if you know me is probably disconcerting) but the way that whole poll saga unfolded left me pretty disappointed and angry… and to see this directly positive and helpful response from the community, both in the suggestion and the follow-up, is heartening.

Instead of being click-based, this is merit-based, where you can directly contribute to his college education and down the road, when Dave posts some gigantic, awesome economic analysis of player contributions or team win values, you can read it and think “I helped with that”.

Unless he gets into Ayn Rand and leaves us all to the free market or something. I’ve obviously bet against that myself, so… join me in contributing.

And again — if you want to give Dave some cash directly, email us and we’ll work something out. Contributions are not tax-deductible because I have no idea how to arrange that on short notice.

And let’s not rehash the scholarship voting here. If you want to support this, that’s great, and if you don’t, or you want to hate on the winner, this is not the place.

Or here’s the original paypal button if you think Pledgie is Sketchie or something.


14 Responses to “The one-week check-in on the scholarship”

  1. Adam S on December 2nd, 2008 8:18 am

    I started the Dave Cameron Memorial Scholarship Drive
    I’m donating, but can you take out “Memorial”. He’s not dead yet, just married 🙂

  2. JLP on December 2nd, 2008 8:44 am

    Close enough.

    I kid, I kid.

    Wow! $3,000+! That’s damn exciting, if you ask me.

    See, Derek! There is good in the world. If we’re not careful, you might have to change the name of your blog.

  3. JWay on December 2nd, 2008 8:50 am

    Congrats Dave! You deserve it all!

  4. Evan on December 2nd, 2008 8:57 am

    Hey, Ragnar Danneskjold is my hero.

  5. PositivePaul on December 2nd, 2008 9:06 am

    Dave? Ayn Randed? Nah, he’d have to be Art Garfunkel’d first. And I don’t think he smokes a pint of tea a day…

  6. Evan on December 2nd, 2008 9:06 am

    And I say that having already made donations. Even though I’d rather Dave learned his economics fom someone Austrian, I’m still funding his education.

  7. mkd on December 2nd, 2008 9:28 am

    I donated this morning. Please don’t fritter your education away trying to solve the great economic questions of our day. Stay focused on the important stuff, like where to acquire a decent fourth outfielder for nothing.


  8. msb on December 2nd, 2008 10:48 am

    Unless he gets into Ayn Rand and leaves us all to the free market or something.

    he hasn’t started doodling skyscrapers, right?

  9. zeke5123 on December 2nd, 2008 12:18 pm

    Evan; Ron Paul supporter? Austrian economics are… interesting. Radically different from the Orthodoxy, but still share some basic ideas.

  10. Evan on December 2nd, 2008 3:24 pm

    Evan; Ron Paul supporter?

    Canadian. Just a fan of Hayek and Mises.

  11. Typical Idiot Fan on December 2nd, 2008 5:18 pm

    Almost $3,000 in the Pledgie which doesn’t include Derek’s $500 (unless it does) and the Paypal and misc. donations.

    Pardon my French, but hot fucking damn that’s good and hot fucking damn am I pissed that it’s not more. Dave recieved over 10k votes in that thing, and while I’m sure there was some double voting going on, we have to assume there was at least 6 thousand or so individuals voters. I know that several of us have given more then 1 dollar, which means the percentage of the voters who have donated is small.

    Not trying to be a bull, but c’mon people. If you really appreciate Dave’s work that much, chip in a buck or two and put this thing over.

  12. scotje on December 2nd, 2008 6:27 pm

    Via Pledgie the average donation is just a hair under $25.

    I would guess there could easily be in excess of $1,000 in non-Pledgie PayPal donations exclusive of Derek’s match. (Including mine coincidentally.) I could be way off though, just basing that off the number of people who have said they donated pre-Pledgie and what the average donation amount seems to be.

    Did I mention that a donation to the scholarship fund on someone else’s behalf makes a GREAT holiday gift? Tell your friends!

  13. Evan on December 3rd, 2008 9:12 am

    I would think the non-Pledgie donations would have to be over $1000. Given Derek’s remark about how quickly we reached his $500 matching threshhold, that had to have happened pre-Pledgie.

  14. justink on December 4th, 2008 3:41 pm

    I wanted to say that we donated to Dave’s scholarship as a Christmas present/stocking stuffer for a loyal reader. Thank you for your excellent analysis and entertainment.

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