Award Amount: $1,000
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, young people spend an average of 7.5 hours a day consuming media–and this doesn’t include computer use for schoolwork. With technology always at our fingertips, it can be a challenge to unplug. But taking a break from technology is healthy for both the mind and body.
The Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship is offered to help high school and college students understand the negative effects of too much screen time. Scholarship applicants must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior; or a college or graduate school student of any level. Homeschooled students are also eligible. There is no age limit.
There are two parts to this scholarship:
First, you will have to complete an application form. Required information includes your Name, Address, Phone, Email, Grade, Graduation Year, and GPA (or you can say N/A or unknown). Then you must select up to four colleges that you are interested in attending, and choose your current or intended major / field of study from a dropdown menu.
Second, the application form asks for a 140-character Personal Statement that completes this sentence:
“Instead of spending time with technology, I’d rather…”
Ten applications will be selected as finalists, based on the content of their 140-character message. These top ten finalists will be asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about technology addiction. One winner will be selected based on the content and creativity of their essay.
The Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship is sponsored by the Digital Responsibility organization, a group of Silicon Valley tech employees who wish to share with young people the personal and public consequences of technology. Besides the Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship, they offer a Digital Privacy Scholarship, E-waste Scholarship, and Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship.
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