10EDGES hereby declares this year’s scholarship winner as Daniel Raymond. He receives a $2,000 Award to be used to help further his education. Congratulations !!!
Here’s our interview with him:
Can you tell us something more about yourself?
I was born in Ottawa Canada in a family of four kids, raised by a single mom. My dad died in the army when I was 12 and my mom had to fend for us all by herself. She later died when I was 16.. I’d always dreamed of becoming a journalist, inspired by the all-time legend, Urther Kent. I made up my mind at the age of 14 that I would pursue Journalism. My dream, however, seemed to become a wild fantasy when my mom who was the bread winner passed away, leaving us struggling to even be in school.
What was your situation before enrolling for the scholarship?
I was pretty much broke. As I said, my mom passed on, leaving me and my three siblings struggling just to get by. I was the eldest and so my uncle took us in and strenuously paid our remaining high school fees. Finally, I was 18 and my uncle couldn’t keep up with my academic bills anymore. This meant that I couldn’t enroll in university. I had to find a job.
I worked two jobs, one in a carwash during the day and a supermarket on a night shift. I only slept for four hours. I managed to make about 100 bucks a day. I had to rent an apartment, sort out some bills and save up a bit of what was left. After working for two years, I was able to enroll my Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. The savings I had would only sustain me for two academic years on campus and I was soon running out of money.
The dream in me of becoming a journalist was slowly fading away. My university had (still has) an online board where you can search and find public and privately funded scholarships for needy students, and without shame, I have to admit I applied to all of them. Three months later I received your email confirming that I was the winner.
What was your reaction when you received the email that you had won the scholarship?
I was lost of words. The joy in me couldn’t be contained, yet I didn’t know how exactly to express it. I was all smiles and super grateful to God for the opportunity to pursue my Journalism dream course through the scholarship.
Do you feel more financially secure after winning the scholarship?
I sure do. I have to worry less about my fees. And having less stress helps me to focus better on my studies.
How do you plan to use the scholarship price?
To further my education, build a solid successful career in broadcast journalism, and make my dreams a reality.
What do you want to accomplish in your life?
I want to become the next big thing in broadcast media, set the pace live media broadcast, bridge the gap between the journalists and the vast masses that watch us daily on the screens. Simply put, revolutionize broadcast journalism.
Well, there you have it. Young Daniel Raymond, an aspiring journalist who’s dream will be pursued with the help of our scholarship.
Daniel Raymond's essay:
THE INTERNET EDUCATION
In the words of Moza Bint Nasser, “Access to quality education is the flawless path to unite diverse cultures and to join as one numerous civilizations. Without such access, the values of freedom, fairness, and equality bear no meaning.”
Illiteracy has been the viper’s venom poisoning dormant potential of highly gifted yet uneducated minds. If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. The rise of the internet dominated generation brought about a dynamic shift of events and propelled the ship of knowledge to sail in deeper waters driven by the new possibilities of online education.
The online space is a hub of knowledge saturated with information and facts, well-researched data and up-to-date statistics capturing the world’s emerging trends, all of which form the academic curriculum in our learning institutions. The lame excuse of never having school fees and academic scholarships is an extinct ideology.
More and more people are opening up to the fact that the world is now a global village linked together by the web. Most academic institutions have an online presence with fully detailed courses and well-tabulated curriculums where willing students thirsty for education enroll and have a class session right on their phones and computers.
Governments today have established online education policies and developed robust internet connectivity both in the rural and urban areas. Third world countries are now keying into the fiber optic underground and overhead cabling to facilitate internet access. Local mobile communication firms have integrated internet data access products for their local subscribers to conveniently access the web on their phones.
Major online learning platforms such as Udemy, Lynda.com, and Alison Online School, just to mention a few, have created avenues for different professionals in various fields to create custom made online courses and tutorials to educate aspiring students searching for insights. Some of the most successful online business entrepreneurs on the online platform trace their skills to online tutorials.
While it was impossible for most people to ever step into the corridors of a university and enroll for various courses owing to either financial, time or resource constraints, the internet has created an avenue to access of education through customized online education programs. Web portals have been a key driver for many students to enroll in their desired courses, study in their own timelines, undertake exams within their own schedules, and get awarded with valid and recognized certificates that they can use in their work portfolios.
YouTube, an online media platform where anyone with a Google account can upload audio and video files has over time transformed into a virtual library where educative content is uploaded. Viewership of these content runs in thousands and even millions, with many building up skills which they later use to develop great inventions and gradually propel the world’s economy to greater heights.
Online search engines such as Google and Ask.com have become a major destination for access to knowledge. Wikipedia is a hub containing information on practically every imaginable topic. With the click of a button, you can get the definition of terms within seconds. E-books and PDFs are a pillar in online education. Classroom lectures can now be packaged in podcasts downloadable on mobile handsets.
Though not all information is free online, the budget to accessing quality education online is minimal compared to that of an actual classroom in an academic institution. Courses that run in thousands of dollars are now subsidized online and can be accessed for just a few hundred dollars, some going for as low as tens of dollars. These are unlimited online scholarships for aspiring students. The future of education lies on the World Wide Web. The world’s population today cannot be fully contained in four-wall classrooms. Your phone and computer will be the ideal classroom.
Quality education is no longer just a wild dream or a vague imagination, rather, it’s a fully tangible reality accessible on the web. You are just an internet away from your next academic achievement. Log in to an online platform and begin the journey to a great academic future.