Company offers scholarship through sign contest

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — A Danville-based company wants to reward high school students for their technological talents.

Watchfire signs makes digital billboards, LED signs, and scoreboards. Their products are shipped across the country.

A couple years ago, Watchfire created sign software specifically for schools, making them more affordable and easier to use. As a result, they noticed schools that have their signs integrating them into the student curriculum to learn things like production, design, and content management skills.

That is why the company created the Fired Up Watchfire Scholarship last year. They are hoping to get even more people involved this year.

It is nationwide contest where students submit content they create for a Watchfire display hanging in their high schools.

“When you think sports, you tend to think athletes, but we know a big part of what makes a team successful are the fans,” says Watchfire marketing specialist Mary Ellen Fricke. “And in this case where we have students creating content on the screens that get the fans on their feet…that’s something worth celebrating.”

A sign from Watchfire signs hangs in the gym at Danville High School.

The winning student will receive a $500 scholarship to go to their college of choice. Watchfire says they will have people from several different states judging. Students can send in things like animations, videos, crowd prompts, and advertisements to win the money.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is April 17th. Eligible content has to be created by a student and displayed on an Watchfire sign between January 1, 2019 through April 1 of this year. The winner will be selected in may.

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