Through its NextGen Computer Grant Program, the Natomas Schools Foundation will award 18 Chromebooks this year to deserving youth who need the laptops to further their education. Deadline for entry is 4 p.m. April 30. 

The goal of the foundation, a nonprofit group committed to raising funds to benefit Natomas students, is to help close the digital divide and assist honorees in achieving their academic and career objectives. 

“While students who overcome adversity have made significant gains in California, the efforts to achieve parity for all students must continue,” the NextGen application says. “The first step in encouraging students to be leaders begins at the local level and starts with our students in school.” 

All youth in 5th through 12th grades who attend schools within NUSD boundaries are eligible to apply, including foster and homeless students. Applicants will be judged on academic performance and potential, leadership potential, service to others, and a need for a computer to improve or maintain their academic performance. 

An application and more information are available here.

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