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Online Learning Innovator Scholarship

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1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
Apr 1, 2024
Winners Announced
Apr 30, 2024
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student
Citizenship Status:
U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident
Uses online platforms, tools, and resources to further learning and knowledge application

In today’s digital age, education stretches beyond physical classrooms and chalkboards. Savvy students now use various online tools to enrich their learning, and they deserve recognition. Learner’s Annual Online Innovator Scholarship seeks to support high school or college students who harness any online learning platform or resource, encouraging a broader, more accessible approach to education. 

The Learner team is passionate about helping students reach their academic potential through online, one-on-one tutoring and has worked with thousands of students directly, bearing witness to their resilience, adaptability, and technical proficiency. These modern learners who let nothing stand in the way of their educational goals deserve recognition for their proactive approach.

Online tools like tutoring services, lecture webinars, and library databases have allowed students to continue learning even if they’re not in their school’s immediate area. Moreover, virtual learning tools enable students to collaborate with peers and instructors whom they otherwise would never meet, creating a dynamic network for engagement and enhanced instruction. 

This scholarship seeks to reward motivated learners by supporting a community of innovative minds who rely on the digital realm to enrich their learning experiences. 

Any high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student who is a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident who uses online platforms, tools, and resources to further their learning and knowledge application may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us about the online platforms, tools, and resources you use and how they have helped you learn to better apply your knowledge.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Passion
Published November 1, 2023
Essay Topic

What online platforms, tools, and resources do you use to further your understanding of the subject(s) you’re studying? How have these online platforms, tools, and resources helped you learn to better apply your knowledge?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Alaina Leasure
Dickinson CollegeGreencastle, PA
As a law and policy major who tends to choose courses that I know will challenge me, online platforms, tools, and resources have been essential to furthering my understanding of what I'm studying. Until college, I often used Quizlet to help with memorization. The flashcards and memory games made vocabulary a breeze. But, now that my assignments are typically long-form writing assignments to demonstrate my understanding of a concept, I've found that YouTube and Coursera are the most beneficial to me as a student. Within academia, YouTube has garnered a reputation similar to that of Wikipedia. Professors warn against using YouTube because it is a platform where anyone can post anything, whether it is accurate or not. To me, this is unfair. YouTube has thousands of vetted experts posting videos on topics they are passionate about. For example, the channel The Amoeba Sisters is a collaboration between real-life sisters, one creating the art, and the other, using what she's learned from her MS in biological sciences, narrates. There are countless other examples, in almost every subject, of highly educated and talented people making videos curated for those who want to learn. If I am struggling in a class, there is surely some YouTube creator who will be able to explain the topic in a different way, which will help me succeed. Of course, sometimes I need to verify that the creator has experience in whatever field they're discussing. But, generally, people with educational channels post their credentials anyway, making it easier to tell who to trust. The other platform I use is Coursera. Coursera is a website/app where accredited universities can post online, self-paced versions of their courses. Right now, I'm taking a course on how law and ethics intersect in the context of running a business. Since the courses are self-paced, it is ideal for someone who wants to supplement their learning while already enrolled at a college/university. It is also ideal for anyone curious about a topic, especially as the courses are free. Earning a certificate for completing a Coursera course is possible but comes with a fee. However, the platform has granted me three full scholarships, meaning I have received credit for completing two courses (then, the one I am currently taking). The scholarship opportunities, and ease of application, make it clear to me that Coursera is truly invested in broadening access to education. Though I am quite wary of AI, it has been helpful to me when doing research. Tools like ChatGPT and Google Bard can process more complex search queries than a typical search engine. As an intern whose responsibilities often include finding specific and obscure pieces of information, AI has certainly been useful. In an increasingly digitized world, online learning is now more popular and extensive than ever. It has helped me understand subjects I struggle with and enhanced my interest in subjects I love. Though YouTube and Coursera are what work for me, there are many other educational platforms online to explore. As I work toward my degree, I'm sure to utilize more of these resources.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 1, 2024. Winners will be announced on Apr 30, 2024.

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