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AWeber Grants $1,000 Scholarship to Southern Utah University Student

Chalfont, Pa. August 11, 2016 – Each year, AWeber sorts through hundreds of submissions for its annual scholarship essay contest which grants one talented student $1,000 towards their fall college tuition. This year we are pleased to announce our Southern Utah University winner, Elisabeth Sorensen. Sorensen’s essay stood out for its nostalgic tone and discussion about the advancement of technology.

Scholarship applicants were posed with the following questions:

  1. How have communications tools and habits changed from your parents’ generation, compared to yours? Has this been a positive, negative or neutral change and why?
  2. How do you think communication tools and habits will change for your children? Will this be a positive, negative, or neutral change and why?

Sorensen recalled a childhood with dial-up internet, landline phones and even the introduction of Tetris on “brick phones.” Her essay reflected on both the positive and negative impact of technology on society. She believes that both can be attributed to the sudden advances in technology. For instance, she fears that cyberbullies have evolved from advances in web technology, but acknowledges that communication tools, like video chat, shrink distances between people, thus making it a valuable asset.

AWeber’s content marketing specialist, Monica Montesa said, “I enjoyed Elisabeth’s perspective on the many ways technological advancements have deeply impacted how we interact with one another. She also made a great point in acknowledging that it’s up to each of us to ensure technology enhances our society instead of endangering it.”

“On behalf of all AWeber team members that sorted through over 1,000 submissions, we thank those who participated in the scholarship contest and encourage qualifying candidates to compete again next year,” said AWeber’s CMO Erik Harbison. “Once again, we congratulate Elisabeth and wish her best of luck in her career in athletic training.”

AWeber’s scholarship essay contest is open to all high school seniors as well as college undergraduates. The company’s mission is to encourage young minds to become leaders in their fields through higher education. For more about Sorensen’s winning essay, visit the AWeber blog.

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