Computer Contest Winners

February 24th, 2017

Congratulations to Yessica and Octavio for winning the computer essay contest in December!

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In fall of 2016, one of our social work interns helped to coordinate the donation of two gently used office computers from Land Title. To facilitate fairness in giving the computers to two lucky students, Denver Urban Scholars hosted an essay contest. The essay contest opportunity was announced to our high school scholars, asking students to submit an essay describing their need for a computer and how they would utilize it. Several students submitted essays, and two—Yessia & Octavio—were selected as recipients of the donated computers.

Yessica has been a Denver Urban Scholar for five years. She is in 10th grade at KIPP Denver Collegiate high school. In her essay, Yessica indicated that one of her goals in life is to take an active role in helping people in need, and that having the proper resources is a first step toward her goal. Since receiving the computer, Yessica and her siblings have been able to complete school assignments at home and research community service volunteer opportunities they can do to give back.

Octavio is also a sophomore at KIPP Denver Collegiate High School. He has been a Denver Urban Scholar since October 2016, and is waiting to be matched with a mentor at the Winter Kickoff event on March 4th. In his essay, Octavio wrote “in 8th grade I fell in love with robotics and I haven’t been able to build another robot because of not having a computer.” He also described how a computer would allow him to help his siblings with their homework assignments. Since receiving the computer, Octavio has enjoyed learning more about computer science and outer space.

Denver Urban Scholars is thrilled to provide opportunities and resources to our students, and we truly appreciate the generosity of our donors to help make these resources available. If you have a gently used computer or tablet that you might like to donate, Denver Urban Scholars will ensure that it is paired with a student who will expand their potential through new learning opportunities.