In an official press release dated Monday, January 9 2012, web host provider GoDaddy announced it is ready to accept applications for their annual GoDaddy .ME scholarship program. The program is open to students who will be enrolled in an undergraduate program next fall and can demonstrate academic achievement. Students are required to have a 3.0 GPA and achieve a minimum score of 21 on the ACT or 1,000 on the SAT.
The application process includes two letters of recommendation, plus a written essay from the student indicating how the Internet and its related technologies has helped him in past studies, and how they expect to benefit from it in the future. The deadline for applying for the scholarship is March 31 of this year (2012). Ten winners will receive GoDaddy .ME scholarships of $10,000 apiece.
Despite criticism that the company is offering a scholarship program as a means of rebuilding a reputation damaged by its SOPA stance, this is something the company has been doing for quite a number of years. In fact, 2011 winners were announced some eight months ago; long before SOPA became an issue. GoDaddy would have been offering scholarships whether or not they experienced backlash from SOPA. According to a written statement from Warren Aldeman, GoDaddy’s new CEO, the company awards the scholarships as a means of investing in America’s future.
“At GoDaddy, we value hard work and comradery,” he said. “For us, investing in these students is investing in our own future. These could be our GoDaddy colleagues in a few years. GoDaddy is looking to hire people passionate about technology, people who want to push themselves to make a difference — that’s what GoDaddy is all about.”