Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Blogging Scholarship and an Exit133 Visit

Derek Young of the South Sound blog Exit133 came by the class, and during his presentation he mentioned that he was also an alumnus of the school. He had earned his MBA from the Milgard School of Business here on the University of Washington, Tacoma campus, and now sits on the advisory board of the Urban Studies program.

At one point he mentioned how in caparison to 2005, when there were only a handful of bloggers in the South Sound, there are now more than a hundred that are active in the area (and no doubt more that are not as active or on the radar as yet.)

I know many of them, and quite a few are, or have been, students. Therefore, I would like to point out an opportunity spotted through a link on www.erikemery.com’s side bar.

The web site College Scholarships.org is offering their first Blogging Scholarship from the organization of 10,000 dollars to a student who maintains a web log.

Paraphrasing their site content, College Scholarships was created to serve people who are interested in college funding. Their unique claim is that they list a broad array of funding opportunities without asking for information from you. You do not have to fill out long forms in order to access their resources.

If you maintain and attend college and are interested in applying for $10,000 to help pay for books, tuition, or other living costs then you may want to submit an application. The deadline for submissions is Oct 30th so if you would have to act before the Thursday after next.

Here is what they have listed as their requirements.

• Your blog must contain unique and interesting information about you and/or things you are passionate about. No spam bloggers please!!!
• U.S. citizen or permanent resident
• Currently attending full-time in post-secondary education in the United States
• If you win, you must be willing to allow us to list your name and blog on this page. We want to be able to say we knew you before you became a well educated, rich, and famous blogging legend.

As for Exit133, they have grown and changed over the last several years into a go-to site for events, advice, arts and civic discussion of Tacoma and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Separating blog posts and features on their front page, an archive of over 9,000 articles and columns such as Imagine Tacoma and Ask Sassy have given the site the feel of a targeted publication.

There are also an excellent example of how advertisement supported web sites can allow for ongoing revenue and funding without invading the pages to a point of distraction.


Erik said...

Thanks for the mention of the sidebar!

Phillipians 2:5 said...

Wow this is awesome- to be able to get a scholarship for blogging.. i never even imagined that these types of scholarships were out there..

Bekkah29 said...

I really appreciated and enjoyed Derek Young's presentation to the class on Monday! His accidental success is inspiring!

I heard you say something about an Entrepreneur & Technology course. I would be really excited about something like that!!

Mindful Biz said...

Thanks for inviting Derek to class. He made a lot of interesting points about exit133. A 10k scholorship to blog>? yaikes. Thats just the highlight to any college student's financial relief!

WritersHairClip said...

That is awesome about the shcolarship. I totally applied and I used exit133 as an example of social change. Oh no I dont want to give out my strategy! Derek's speech was pretty inspirational. It's so weird to think you can make a living off of something just as a blog website. Oh how times are chaning I guess.
Thankyou again!

Special K said...

I really liked Derek Young's visit. He makes me want to be a blogger! Since I got my current job two years ago (working office for a const. co- I come and go when I feel like it), I've always wanted to work like he does- at my own pace, on more than one thing at a time, set my own rules, etc. David says its cause I'm lazy, I say it's cause I'm independent...

Hopefully you have seen the press release from the EDB about Infoblox renewing its lease in Tacoma for another six years. Growing from sixty...