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Volume 68, Issue 19, Friday, September 20, 2002


Bauer students receive laptops in the scholarship form

By Lindsey Bowers
The Daily Cougar

One hundred and one scholarship recipients in the Bauer College of Business recently received free personal laptops that they can keep -- even after graduation.

The $40 million endowment given to the school by Ted Bauer in Fall 2000 made the gift possible for the lucky business students.

"Many of our students tell us that monetary scholarships are great because they are applied to tuition, but they don't provide for much else," said Darcie Champagne, the director of external communication for the Bauer College of Business. "Mr. Bauer wanted his contribution to go towards something more than just financial scholarships. This way our students can have the latest and greatest technology in their hands, no matter where they go."

The recipients were chosen by a general scholarship application that first looks at financial need and then school performance. After that, the top 51 seniors and 50 juniors were chosen.

The award is an IBM R-Series laptop, complete with a wireless network card that allows for a connection to the Internet without physical cables.

"With the network card, students are free to work in all parts of Melcher Hall while accessing the Internet," said Elaine Brewer, director of research and instructional computing services.

"The laptops provide a significant advantage to our commuter recipients who do not have computers at home. With a laptop, they are not limited to completing their assignments in computer labs. Students can now register for online classes, too," Brewer said.

The total worth of all the computers given away is more than $100,000. 

This is the second consecutive year for the program.

"We know for sure that no other colleges within the University of Houston offer this particular kind of benefit to its students," Champagne said. "With this, there are no extra charges, and the price is not added in tuition. This is treated just like a scholarship."

Laptop recipients will be recognized on Sept. 30 at the business college's annual scholarship gala.

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