At Pagely, we strongly believe in higher education as a vehicle to improve and enrich individual lives, as well as our shared communities.
To that end, we created the Pagely Scholarship earlier this year to reward the students that inspire us with their story and life goals.
The 2018 Pagely Scholarship Recipients
1st – $1,500
Dominika Maria Wojtowicz is a Sophomore at DePaul University, majoring in Data Science with a minor in Public Relations and Advertising. In her essay, Dominika highlights the intriguing influx of new technology and the concerns that linger behind these powerful concepts. Specifically, data collection. From Siri and Alexa to algorithms being used by Instagram, our search behavior and even our conversations are being tracked by Big Data. While their goal may be to improve daily life and efficiency of search, there can be unintended consequences and, at the very least, the uneasy feeling one’s privacy could be invaded. Notably, with AI like Siri and Alexa which, if not disabled, monitor all conversations had in their presence. This is a concept that fascinates and intrigues her and will no doubt play a role in her studies.
2nd – $1,000
Joshua Alexander Foster is studying Electrical Engineering at Missouri State University. Joshua has a rare, incurable retinal disease known as Stargardt’s Disease that will eventually result in blindness. With little accommodation offered for Joshua, he has had to become his own advocate, investigating ways to thrive in school and circumvent obstacles. Joshua also has a one-year-old son who suffers from a hearing condition. While his infant son benefits from hearing aids, they unfortunately change how he hears sounds. As an engineering major, he hopes to be able to improve the technology behind his son’s hearing aids and provide him with a quality auditory experience one day. Instead of allowing these traumatic events to stop him from following his dreams, he believes they have happened because his destiny is to revolutionize technology – which may not have been possible had he been born before the technological revolution.
3rd – $500
Jasmine Randle is a first-year Film & Television Master’s Degree candidate at DePaul University in Chicago Illinois. It is a technical degree that highlights the advancement of cinematography, production, post-production, and more. In her essay, Jasmine discusses how being gifted her first cellular phone had a large impact on her life and how she was inspired by the ability to remain in contact with loved ones at the touch of a button. She goes on to discuss starting college and how her beloved Macbook Pro became a very significant part of her life. Not only is it where she wrote essays, designed media layouts and edited photos, but it was also a loyal companion by her side as she traveled abroad. In summation, technology has played an integral role in her life and inspired her career path.
Thank you to all of the students that participated in this year’s scholarship. We were truly impressed by the quality and ingenuity of the applicants!