December 13, 2002

HP Offers Grants to Help Underserved, Low Income Communities

The Hewlett-Packard Company is offering grants ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 to give underserved and low income communities access to digital technology and to more actively participate in the Internet economy.

In its first grant program, HP will award 25 grants worth up to $50,000 each to help establish Community Technology Centers (CTCs) in underserved communities. The CTC grants are targeted at nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that provide computer technology centers for adults and youth in low-income and minority communities. The specific purpose of the grants is to improve academic and job-skill opportunities of designated populations, including African American, Latino, Native American and the disabled.

Two CTC grant packages are available, the first is for existing centers that need to upgrade their PCs, printers and networks. It provides up to 10 PCs and monitors, an network server and other networking equipment, a color printer/copier/scanner/fax and a LaserJet printer.

The second package is for new or larger centers and includes up to 20 PCs and monitors and the other equipment mentioned above.

Proposals are due January 22, 2003, and the grants will be awarded in March.

To obtain a Request for Proposal (RFP) form for a Community Technology Center grant, send an e-mail message to mitch_mitchell@hp.com.

HP’s second grant program, the Micro-enterprise Development Program (MDP), targets nonprofit micro-enterprise development agencies that serve clients in low-income communities. The goal is to make these agencies more efficient and effective and assist them in providing their clients with access to technology and the training to effectively use it.

Each MDP grant has a list price value of $150,000 to $300,000 in equipment, cash,

services and support. In addition, grant recipients will receive travel grants to participate in a symposium focused on increasing the capacity of the micro-enterprise development industry.

Proposals for the MDP grants are due January 24, 2003, and the grants will be awarded in March. To obtain an RFP form for a Micro-enterprise Development Program grant, go to http://grants.hp.com/ on the worldwide web internet.

Budweiser Conservation Scholarships Are Available

Anheuser-Busch and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are seeking applicants for this year’s Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program. The scholarship program supports and promotes innovative research and/or study that responds to today’s most pressing conservation issues. Under the program, $10,000 scholarships will be awarded to deserving students to cover direct expenses related to their tuition, fees, books, room and board and other costs related to their studies.

This is the Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program’s 3rd year of implementation. Last year, 20, $10,000 scholarships were awarded to deserving undergraduate and graduate students from institutions of higher learning across North America. Scholarships are awarded based upon merit. The judges take into consideration the student’s academic achievements and their ability and commitment to develop innovative solutions that are designed to address real and pressing issues affecting fish, wildlife and plant conservation efforts.

This year, we’re hoping to increase the number of applicants applying for these scholarships and give more students an opportunity to ease the burden of paying for their education while pursuing their interests in environmental/conservation research and recovery. Therefore, we’re hoping that you might run an item in your publication announcing this opportunity for deserving students. Students can access complete information ...and applications... for the Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program from www.nfwf.org, or more specifically, http://www.nfwf.org/programs/budscholarship.htm. The deadline for submitting applications and supporting documentation is January 17, 2003.

QUALCOMM’s Wireless Technology Touchdown Contest

QUALCOMM’s Wireless Technology Touchdown contest provides San Diego County public high school students with the opportunity to compete for scholarship money and money for their school’s Math/Science Departments.

Students are invited to design a wireless communication technology, device or application that could be used to enhance the sport of football or the spectator experience.

Two student winners will be chosen and each will receive $10,000 for their high school’s math and/or science department, a $5,000 scholarship toward their college education, and two tickets to the Super Bowl at QUALCOMM Stadium.

Full-time high school students enrolled in a San Diego County public school are eligible for the awards.

Completed contest entries will be accepted through December 20, 2002. Send completed entries: QUALCOMM Headquarters, 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121.

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