LOS ANGELES, CA Wednesday Jan.24.2007 /netmusiccountdown.com/ -- Alicia Keys is putting her money where her mouth is.

The singer and "Smokin' Aces" actress has pledged $20,000 worth of financial aid for incoming college freshmen.

While the Open Door Scholarships are merit-based, recipients will have to perform community service each semester in their hometowns. The prospective students also must represent Open Door at various school appearances.

Keys said, "It's a reward for students . . . who contribute to make this a better world. We can do something to help find those bright minds that need a helping hand. It all adds up."

"We're just looking for standout students who are definitely college-bound and need a little bit of help financially to really achieve their dreams."

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