AUSTIN, Texas, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- HostGator, an Endurance International Group brand, today announced the winners of its Small Business Scholarship. Of nearly 100 applicants from colleges across the nation, three winners were chosen to receive $1,500 in scholarship funds to provide assistance for student expenses such as tuition, fees, books and on-campus room and board.
The global web hosting company launched its scholarship program in May of last year. As a leading provider of web hosting and related services for small businesses, HostGator wanted to provide a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs and tech professionals to share their ideas for advancing the future of small business development.
The following three students were selected by HostGator staff based on their essay response to the question, "What is the biggest tech challenge facing small businesses today, and what is your proposed solution?"
- Logan Miller, an undergraduate student at Arizona State University's School of Sustainability, discussed the uphill battle many local businesses face when trying to compete with large national businesses in online search results. He suggested small businesses come together to develop a mobile app that would enable business owners to network with each other and make it easier for consumers to shop local.
- Chelsea Sumner, an undergraduate student at Wagner College's Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing, recounted the steep online marketing learning curve she faced when founding her small business. Her solutions included rate-based advertising determined by business tenure and more educational programs for small business owners surrounding online search marketing and business negotiations.
- Raquel Solares, graduate student at Arizona State University's Thunderbird School of Global Management, also highlighted the disadvantages small businesses face when it comes to budgeting for Search Engine Optimization and paid Google advertising. She proposed a new section on the right-hand side of Google search results that would be dedicated exclusively to small business listings.
HostGator will be announcing its next scholarship in early 2017. To learn more about HostGator and read the winning submissions, please visit https://www.hostgator.com/blog.
HostGator is an international provider of cloud-based web presence solutions, striving to deliver first-class service to its customers, ranging from people building their first website to businesses scaling their online presence. Founded in 2002, HostGator is the perfect web partner for business owners and individuals seeking hands-on support. A wide range of options includes web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. HostGator is based in Texas, with offices in Houston and Austin, and offshore enterprises in Brazil and India. Snappy is the company's internationally recognized mascot. For more information, visit www.HostGator.com.
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