As of 2019, more than half of the world was online. By 2030, it’s estimated that 90% will be.
We live in the age of infinite leverage. What does that mean? Today, your efforts can be proliferated through several levers: code, audio, capital, etc. Any one of these is a force multiplier in your ability to impact people.
One of the most time-tested levers is the written word. A compelling message can be disseminated to millions of people.
But the dynamics of writing online have changed dramatically in recent years. In what was previously an environment of information scarcity, we now live in an era of information abundance.
Instead of spending our days farming in the field, we spend them as information workers. And the barrier to participate in that online exchange—whether it be creating a video, a tweet, or a blog post—has decreased exponentially. And that’s exactly why the amount of content online has skyrocketed. Information has become a commodity.
Information is the new “oil” that you can create, refine, and trade… bringing us full swing into the attention economy.
We’re in an era of information overload, meaning it’s harder than ever to find quality information among the sea of soundbites plaguing the web. The ratio of great content online has decreased. The end-user is exposed to more good content, but simultaneously, a lot more bad content. The web’s name has become very fitting—a catch-all tool to capture everything.
I believe that we need to preserve the value of excellent information, by rewarding excellent content creators. In a world where we often seek to be right, instead of seeking to understand, the world’s storytellers are the unsung heroes helping us to see shades of grey.
The AMPLIFY Digital Storytellers Scholarship exists to support digital creators looking to start or grow their own digital footprint, by writing online. The winner(s) of this scholarship will receive the monetary reward, but also receive a free copy of Doing Content Right and quarterly mentorship from Steph Smith.
This scholarship is part of a 12-part Amplify Scholarship Series, spanning topics including women in tech, continuous learning, environmental science, and more. These scholarships are announced quarterly and awarded monthly throughout 2021. Follow along here!
What do you hope to write about and why? How do you hope to differentiate your writing from the sea of information already online? Feel free to showcase any of your existing work!
The application deadline is Apr 1, 2021. Winners will be announced on May 3, 2021.
The scholarship award is $1,350.
The winner will be publicly announced on May 3, 2021. Prior to the announcement date, we may contact finalists with additional questions about their application. We will work with donors to review all applications according to the scholarship criteria. Winners will be chosen based on the merit of their application.
We will send the award check to the financial aid office of the winner’s academic institution or future academic institution in their name, and in the name of their institution (depending on the school’s requirements). If the student's academic institution does not have a financial aid office, the student will receive the funding directly.
Before we award the scholarship, the winner will be required to verify their academic enrollment status by providing a copy of their most recent transcript.
If you have any questions about this scholarship or the Bold.org platform, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.
Yes. The terms and conditions for this scholarship can be found here.