Doteasy, a local web hosting company, presented recent high school graduates with scholarship awards for their first ever scholarship competition.
The scholarship was created to encourage students to explore the value of websites for their educational or career path.
“We’ve been in business for over 18 years, but these days we’re seeing more of a need than ever for a website to advance your career. Crafting your online presence and having the skills to manage a website can have such an impact on your journey,” says Dora Mui, PR and Marketing Coordinator at Doteasy.
First place was awarded to Surrey resident, Reina Li, who graduated from Ecole Panorama Ridge. Runner Up was awarded to Moscrop graduate, Mika Velez, while Second Place was claimed by Winnipeg resident, Camryn Dewar. Starting in the fall, Li will be studying Engineering Science. Velez will be studying Communication Design, and Dewar will be pursuing a degree in Vocal Performance.
The first place award for the Doteasy “Bright Future” Scholarship includes $1000 towards tuition, as well as a year of domain name registration and web hosting for the recipient to create their website. Winners were chosen based on the quality of essays, which demonstrated the value for a website for their chosen career. “We wanted to support students not only financially, but wanted to give winners the tools to see how a website could help their career flourish,” says Mui.
Li proved her passion for websites through her involvement in many programming and web design competitions and clubs. As a co-instructor of her school’s coding club, Li says she only “scratched the surface of what technology has to offer.” She also created a website for her local kickboxing gym.
Not all winners must be adept at programming. Velez plans to use her website for her design portfolio, while Dewar plans to use her website to showcase her musical talents. With the variety of methods that can be used to build a website – including a drag and drop website builder, templates with WordPress, or coding, students of all skill levels can create the website that works for them.
Doteasy will now be offering scholarships to 2019 grads. Submissions are now open, and the URL for the scholarship applications page is: https://www.doteasy.com/scholarship/