The Future of Technology scholarship aims to get students thinking about what the future of technology holds for us. Inspired by the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II, Vandelay Web asks students to flip the calendar ahead to the year 2040 and describe in 1,000 words how the evolution of technology will change our lives for better or worse.
When asked about the topic of the essay contest, Vandelay Web President Mark Runyon replied, "When we were putting together the Future of Technology Scholarship, we looked at a lot of other scholarship offers out there for inspiration. It was a complete snooze fest. Writing some of these essays would be akin to watching paint dry. We wanted to trigger the student's creativity and have them take an honest look at how technology is changing our lives. Hopefully, they can have some fun with it in the process."
The scholarship is open to students 16 years or older who are currently a senior in high school or are enrolled in a college, university, technical or trade school. Graduate students are also eligible to apply. The students must be a US or Canadian citizen or hold a current student visa to apply.
"My grandfather setup a scholarship for me, and I've never forgotten that generosity. To this day, its one of the greatest things anyone has ever done for me. College costs a lot, and seems to be increasing by the day. If we can help ease that burden for a couple students in a small way then we've helped to give back," said Runyon.
Though in its first year, Vandelay Web has seen such a successful response from student applicants that the company plans to continue running the scholarship annually for the foreseeable future.
To be considered, essays should be submitted no later than Thursday, May 1, 2014. The top essays will be featured on vandelayweb.com, and all scholarship contestants will be contacted in mid-May to reveal the winning entries. To enter or for additional information, visit the scholarship page on Vandelay Web.