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37 fans got a life-changing surprise from Nicki Minaj: lots of money for school.

Nicki Minaj is a lot of things — rapper, business mogul, and now, the patron saint of cash-strapped students.

Minaj just announced the winners of her Student of the Game contest, all of whom will receive financial assistance for school straight from the "Chun-Li" singer herself.

After narrowing down finalists, Minaj chose 37 people to support — with money going toward everything from tuition to equipment to helping pay for some students' AP tests and get others back into school (because you know the FAFSA isn't all it's cracked up to be).


The reactions to her act of generosity were more than just a little enthusiastic.

Here's just a selection of responses to the announcement:

And a special congrats to this person, who said they were winning something for the first time in their life and really hitting that jackpot:

How did this begin? In May 2017, a fan asked Minaj to pay for his tuition, and it started a movement.

Minaj was promoting a contest for a fan to join her at an awards show at the time. And after she let it be known that she could fly anyone from anywhere to hang out with her, one fan hit her with an important question: Could you help me with my tuition payment instead?

The tweet was (mostly) a joke, but Minaj not only paid the fan's tuition — after she verified he was picking up straight A's — but started paying off other fans' tuitions, too. She helped more than a dozen students at that time.

Imagine making a joke and getting that phone call.

And Minaj isn't done yet. She's said she's going to keep the scholarship running — hopefully until there are no applicants left or she runs out of money.

The artist has always been outspoken about the importance of education. She's been preaching at her fans to stay in school since the beginning, sometimes even telling them to skip her concert if the choice was between watching her perform and planting their butts firmly into their chairs for first period.

Here's Minaj yelling at her stans to stay in school from a moving vehicle:

And at a 2012 concert in Denmark, Minaj asked "Where my girls in school at?" "Don't you drop out of schools, barbs, OK?" she implored.

The scholarship proves that she's not just paying lip service to the message. I can't wait until a college names an entire wing after her.

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Tony Trapani and his wife were married for 50 years despite the heartache of being unable to have children. "She wanted children,” Trapani told Fox 17. "She couldn't have any. She tried and tried." Even though they endured the pain of infertility, Tony's love for his wife never wavered and he cherished every moment they spent together.

After his wife passed away when Tony was 81 years old, he undertook the heartbreaking task of sorting out all of her belongings. That’s when he stumbled upon a carefully concealed letter in a filing cabinet hidden for over half a century.

The letter was addressed to Tony and dated March 1959, but this was the first time he had seen it. His wife must have opened it, read it and hid it from him. The letter came from Shirley Childress, a woman Tony had once been close with before his marriage. She reached out, reminiscing about their past and revealing a secret that would change Tony's world forever.

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The title of dad or father is a sweet and respectful way to acknowledge a child's special bond with their male parent. It signifies love and respect and shows appreciation for his role in their life. But the title works both ways. The term dad reminds fathers of the responsibility to guide and protect their kids.

The importance of the unique role dads play in their kids’ lives is why a father named Steve was upset with his wife for repeatedly using his first name when referring to him with their preteen children.

The father vented about the situation and asked if he was wrong in a Reddit post with over 10,000 responses.

“My wife recently started using my first name when referring to me to our preteen kids, as in ‘Steve's gonna pick you up from school tomorrow,’” the father wrote on Reddit’s AITA forum. “I asked her not to when I first heard it, saying I don't really like when you use my first name to the kids. Can you say ‘your dad’ or ‘dad’?”

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Slaughter's wife seems to be holding the phone so you can clearly see what appears to be a painting of Slaughter, who is sitting at the other end of the table in front of an easel. The text overlay on the video says, "husband and wife paint portraits of each other (gone wrong). But what could possibly be wrong, sure his wife's attempt isn't art gallery ready just yet but it's not bad.

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My mother died from ovarian cancer when I was a young child.

I'm in my late 30s now, and I'm still navigating this loss as I move through life. I've lived most of my life without my mother at this point, but I still miss her.

Here are three things I've learned since losing Mam:

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On May 28, 2014, 13-year-old Athena Orchard of Leicester, England, died of bone cancer. The disease began as a tumor in her head and eventually spread to her spine and left shoulder. After her passing, Athena's parents and six siblings were completely devastated. In the days following her death, her father, Dean, had the difficult task of going through her belongings. But the spirits of the entire Orchard family got a huge boost when he uncovered a secret message written by Athena on the backside of a full-length mirror.

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