Digital Equity Scholarships
This Digital Equity Scholarship program awards refurbished laptops to low income students who are enrolled in STEM classes. These laptops make it possible for students to succeed in the modern classroom.
In 2016, the WEC, through a grant from Alcoa Fastening Systems and Rings, awarded digital scholarships to 45 low income Ventura County students enrolled in STEM pathways. Students submitted an application complete with a teacher recommendation and a short essay. Applicants received high quality refurbished laptops equipped with a Microsoft Office suite, a 4 year warranty, a carrying case, and a flash drive.
Starting in 2017, School Tech Supply (STS) Education agreed to purchase used computer equipment that is donated to the WEC. Proceeds from these sales will be used to purchase refurbished laptops for distribution to low income STEM students. Donors complete a short form to help us value the donated equipment, and STS Education picks up the donations at a time that is convenient for you. The WEC will provide donors with a letter to substantiate the tax deduction.
If you, your clients, or your colleagues have old computers that will otherwise be disposed of, please consider donating the equipment to the WEC for Ventura County students. This is an invaluable program that has made a difference in the lives of recipients and their families. As Dr. Jason Peplinski, Superintendent of the Simi Valley USD, said:
"These laptops will help close the opportunity gap between those with the means to have in home technology and those who do not. Access to technology has become a real determining factor to student engagement and success in school."
The video, essay, and excerpts below from 2016's applicants demonstrate how important these Digital Equity Scholarships are to our students.
Digital Equity Scholarship Donors:
2016 Grant - Program kick off:
Adventist Health Simi Valley
Ventura County Community College District