02 March 2011
A helping hand with free laptops for RMIT students
Studying can be hard without your own up-to-date equipment, so RMIT University is providing notebooks via an Equity Notebook Scholarship to help 420 students from low socio-economic status backgrounds.
This includes students from regional and country areas, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other students struggling with the costs of tertiary study.
RMIT’s Director Student Services, Fiona Ellis, said that this Award offers students a brand new, powerful and contemporary notebook to use for their studies at RMIT.
“It’s a really practical helping hand for these deserving students,” Ms Ellis said.
RMIT bought 400 HP ProBook 4320s notebook laptops and another 20 MacBook Pro 15-inch notebook laptops.
“Hewlett-Packard and Computers Now have provided terrific support for this initiative. The MacBooks are for students studying one of RMIT’s many leading design-related programs,” Ms Ellis said.
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education scholarship applicants will receive a notebook, as will other students who applied for an RMIT Higher Education Equity Scholarship in 2011.
“With the free laptops, these students will be able to access all the University’s online learning and teaching resources, so it really is a win-win for everyone involved,” she said.
All the notebooks come with required software and an extended three-year warranty.
For interviews or comment: Director, RMIT Student Services, Fiona Ellis, (03) 9925 2905 or 0407 510 818.
For general media enquiries: RMIT University Communications, Deborah Sippitts, (03) 9925 3116 or 0429 588 869.