Web hosting provider Online Tech announced on Tuesday that it has awarded $1,000 scholarships to two students in information technology and healthcare IT at the University of Michigan.
Online Tech is based in Ann Arbor, and its co-CEOs both attended University of Michigan, graduating from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
The scholarship winners, Daniel Mayer and Paige Grettenberger, were selected from a field of candidates interested in cloud computing, data security, disaster recovery, colocation and other topics. Candidates of the Online Tech 2012 Data Security scholarships had to answer one of two essay questions. Online Tech opened up applications for the scholarship program in May.
Online Tech is not the only hosting provider that has supported students in different technology fields through scholarships. Go Daddy opened up applications for its $10,000 .ME domain scholarships two weeks ago, which marks the third consecutive year that Go Daddy has doled out scholarships to students in partnership with the .ME registry.
According to research by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, health information management and health informatics employment will grow nearly 18 percent by 2016.
“My Online Tech scholarship has decreased the burden on me and puts me at ease a little more so I can pursue things that will further my knowledge in health informatics rather than focusing on getting a job that’s going to pay me what I need to cover tuition,” Mayer said. “If anything, it allows me to focus more on my studies rather than money.”
“What we’re doing at the University of Michigan, specifically, is preparing people for leadership positions in health informatics; students are learning ways to leverage information and information technologies to improve healthcare and individual health,” Genovese said.
“We’re taking a consumer-facing approach as it overlays with clinical health informatics and population health informatics because we see these subdomains of the field as inextricably linked,” Meghan Genovese, senior associate director of the Health Informatics Program said. “Students leaving this program will become visionaries and game-changers who think about what we can do to solve tomorrow’s problems. It’s not just about implementing today’s technologies. It’s about looking forward.”
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