Computers 4 People, a Hoboken-based nonprofit, has donated 220 laptops to college-bound students in New Jersey and New York, doubling what they were able to do last year.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“The significance of bridging the gap I have witnessed in countless students across the country is deeply meaningful to me. Understanding the formidable challenges faced by individuals striving for academic success, I am driven to provide powerful Windows 10 laptops that empower 220 students to excel in their chosen fields,” Computers 4 People Founder and Executive Director Dylan Zajac said in a statement.
“The opportunity to make a lasting impact and level the playing field is both humbling and exhilarating. Witnessing the transformative potential of this program fills me with immense pride and reinforces my unwavering belief in the power of our mission.”
In collaboration with Hoboken High School, Computers 4 People launched the College-Bound Laptop Scholarship program in Spring 2021, initially awarding laptops to four deserving graduating seniors.
Partnering with 27 high schools the following year, they awarded 110 laptops to talented individuals eager to pursue their dreams.
Now in 2023, Computers 4 People received an overwhelming number of applications from across New Jersey and New York City, illustrating the pressing need for support.
Students exhibited their dedication by submitting well-crafted written applications, accompanied by recommendation letters from their school counselors or teachers.
As a result, Computers 4 People proudly granted 220 laptop scholarships to deserving graduating seniors from 63 high schools.
“As I pursue my education at UTI in Bloomfield, NJ, this laptop will be instrumental in enhancing my learning experience,” added Malik Muhammad Umer Bilal, a recipient from Mahwah High School.
“It will allow me to access a wide range of resources, collaborate with peers, and stay connected with my professors, enabling me to fully immerse myself in the world of mechanics and engineering.”