(Toronto, ON) -Today, Reason One, a full-service digital agency, announced the recipients of its third annual Mentorship and Scholarship Program for Black students. Reason One created the program to promote diversity in the Canadian and U.S. tech industry through its commitment to expand opportunities for marginalized communities and help build the next generation of diverse leaders. The program aims to improve access and remove financial barriers by awarding scholarships and a 1-year mentorship program. This year, Reason One has made an exciting decision to generously reward four (4) scholarships worth $5,000 each to deserving students. The selection process was remarkable as Reason One received an exceptional pool of applicants who have left the scholarship committee thoroughly impressed with their diverse talents and extraordinary experiences. This led to expanding the number of scholarships to recognize and support more outstanding individuals in pursuing their educational goals.
The Recipients of the 2023 Reason One Mentorship and Scholarship Program are:
● Destiny Osunbiyi (age 17, Waterloo, Ontario)
● Katherine Daley-Chigbu (age 17, Toronto, Ontario)
● Nolawi Teklehaimanot (age 17, Toronto, Ontario)
● Amber Oglesby (age 28, Greenville, South Carolina)
For full bios on each of the Program recipients, please visit: www.reasononeinc.com/reason-
The Reason One Mentorship and Scholarship Program application process launched on February 23, 2023, and ended on May 7, 2023. Applicants applied from across the Province of Ontario and the State of South Carolina, with the top ten finalists selected and interviewed by the Scholarship Committee. Four scholarship recipients were carefully selected based on their financial needs, career aspirations to make the tech industry more inclusive, extra-curricular activities, and community service. The scholarship can be used to help offset the costs of tuition, books, supplies, and living expenses. The recipients will also participate in a 1-year mentorship program with Reason One’s team, which includes career planning, professional development, and mentorship to help inform and prepare for their transition to a career in tech.
This year, due to the exceptional quality of applicants, we have decided to select four winners instead of the originally planned three. The remarkable talent and passion displayed by the candidates inspired us to recognize and support these four outstanding individuals, showcasing their extraordinary achievements and potential.Ben Cash, Founding Partner of Reason One.