Laptops donated for
University is distributing for the first time this fall free personal
computers to first-year students with special academic or significant
financial needs to use while enrolled in U.Va.
Laptops for the Students Program is providing about 50 Dell Latitude
laptops and 10 Apple PowerBooks to students this year.
new program is a collaboration among U.Va.'s Vice
President for Student Affairs and Financial
Aid Offices and the Division
for Information Technologies and Communication (ITC). As ITC
planned the University's Desktop Computing Initiative, they requested
that potential vendors donate 25 to 50 computers annually for
U.Va. to loan to students who could not afford to purchase such
Students who wish to be considered for the free computers complete
an application form and financial aid forms. Representatives of
U.Va.'s Financial Aid Office identify potential recipients based
on students' demonstrated financial need as determined by federal
financial aid guidelines and University policies. An eight-member
committee appointed by William Harmon, Vice President for Student
Affairs, reviews the applications and selects students to receive
the laptops as they begin fall classes.