Launches Program To Give Laptop Computers To Students With Needs
23, 2000 -- The
University of Virginia will distribute for the first time this fall
free personal computers to entering students with needs.
Laptops for the Students Program will provide personal computers
to first-year students with special academic or significant financial
needs to use while enrolled in U.Va. About 100 Dell Latitude laptops
and 10 Apple PowerBooks will be distributed to students during "Move-In
Day" on Saturday, Aug. 26, and on Sept. 6.
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 representatives
worked with potential vendors to obtain computers through a large-scale
effort known as the University's Desktop Computing Initiative,
they requested that firms donate 25-50 computers annually to U.Va.
for distributing to students who could not afford to purchase such
every bid ITC received for this contract included donations for
students with financial and special academic need, Dell and Apple
were selected because of their generosity," said assistant
dean Cornelius "Neil" Bynum.
has agreed to donate 50 laptops annually to the University, and
Apple has agreed to provide at least 10 annually. Therefore, in
three years there will be more than 200 laptopcomputers available
for students' use.
are fortunate to be able to provide computers to qualified students
who will benefit academically from this program," said Sharlene
Sajonas, associate director in U.Va.'s Office
of Financial Aid.
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.
receiving the laptops must sign statements agreeing to take care
of the computers and to return them to the University when they
leave or graduate.
NOTICE REGARDING PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Computers will be
distributed to students from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug.
26, in the Student Activities Building. There will likely be significant
numbers of students at the site between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Because
of sensitivities involved in identifying individuals with special
needs who may be under 18, photographers must obtain written permission
of the students. Permission slips will be available on site.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857