Last Wednesday, Reason One, a full-service digital agency announced the recipients of its first annual Mentorship and Scholarship Program for Black students.
The mentorship and scholarship program was created to promote diversity in the Canadian and U.S. tech industry through its commitment to expand opportunities for marginalized communities and help build the next generation of diverse leaders. The program aims to improve access and remove financial barriers by awarding six scholarships, including a $10,000 scholarship and five $1000 micro-scholarships.
The $10,000.00 Grand Scholarship Winner, Praise Erinome, age 17, on receiving the award, said, “This Scholarship is a testament to my vast extracurricular activities and contributions to my community. It will help me to focus on my school and my career goals instead of worrying about how I can pay for my education. I’m looking forward to is being able to meet the other scholarship recipients and getting to know them as well as the Reason One team. I am so excited to meet my mentor and start planning the things that I can do to be able to impact the lives of others.”
The Micro-scholarship winners ($1,000 each) are David Amparo, age 32; Noor Elias, age 17; Bianca Fulwood, age 24; Simeon Gordon, age 18; Kaylin Moss, age 21.
From the 80 applications received from across Ontario and South Carolina, six were selected based on their financial need, career aspirations, their extra-curricular activities and community service.
The scholarship may be used to help students offset the cost of tuition, books, supplies and living expenses. Scholarship recipients will also participate in a 1-year mentorship program with Reason One, which involves career planning, professional development, and mentorship to help inform and prepare their transition to a career in tech.
According to Ben Cash, founding partner of Reason One: “All of the candidates we reviewed show tremendous promise as future leaders in the tech industry and their communities. It was a very difficult choice to select our six recipients. We are thrilled to support these students in their journeys, and we look forward to both mentoring and learning from them.”
The Reason One Mentorship and Scholarship Program (ROMSP) awards Black students between the ages of 17-35 years old enrolled or recently accepted in a digital-disciplined program, pursuing or with plans to pursue a career in tech.
Reason One is a full-service digital agency partner to non-profits, healthcare providers, and socially-conscious businesses. The agency provides strategy, design, development, and marketing services to help those who do good, do better. The agency has hub locations in Toronto, ON and Charleston, SC.