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Building a strong scholarship application: Your guide to success in the Reason One Mentorship & Scholarship Program

Summary: What makes for a strong application? In short: showing your passions, your curiosity, and your desire to learn.

The tech industry, despite its rapid growth and innovation, continues to grapple with a significant lack of diversity and representation, particularly among Black individuals. We launched our program recognizing the need to address these systemic barriers and cultivate a more inclusive tech ecosystem. We're dedicated to empowering Black students pursuing careers in the tech industry. Here's how you can build a strong scholarship application that stands out:

Understand the mission -  Before diving into your application, take the time to familiarize yourself with the core mission and values of the Reason One Mentorship & Scholarship Program. We're committed to removing systemic, financial, and socio-economic barriers that hinder Black students' success in tech. Aligning your application with this mission demonstrates your genuine commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the industry.

Highlight your passion and commitment -  Showcase your genuine passion for technology and your unwavering commitment to making a difference in the field. Whether it's through previous projects, extracurricular activities, or personal experiences, emphasize how your journey has shaped your aspirations and fueled your determination to pursue a career in tech.

Demonstrate academic and personal achievements - While academic excellence is important, don't overlook the significance of personal achievements and experiences that have contributed to your growth and development. Whether it's overcoming obstacles, volunteering in your community, or participating in relevant workshops or events, highlight how these experiences have equipped you with the skills and resilience needed to thrive in the tech industry.

Articulate your financial need -  Be transparent and concise in articulating your financial need and how the scholarship support would alleviate some of the financial burdens associated with pursuing a tech-related education. Provide relevant documentation, if required, to substantiate your financial circumstances and demonstrate your eligibility for financial assistance.

Craft a compelling "Your Story" narrative - The "Your Story" component of the application offers you the opportunity to share your unique journey, experiences, and aspirations. Be authentic, vulnerable, and reflective in crafting your narrative, emphasizing the challenges you've overcome, the lessons you've learned, and the impact you aspire to make in the tech industry.

Seek feedback and revise - Before submitting your application, seek feedback from mentors, peers, or trusted advisors to ensure clarity, coherence, and effectiveness. Take their feedback into consideration and revise your application accordingly, ensuring that it accurately reflects your strengths, aspirations, and potential contributions to the tech community.

Take the step and apply today!

Applications for the 2024 Reason One Mentorship & Scholarship Program are currently open, and we encourage aspiring Black students in Ontario, Canada, and South Carolina, USA, to seize this opportunity to embark on a transformative journey towards a rewarding career in tech. Together, let's shape a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future for the tech industry—one scholarship application at a time.

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