Senator Rockefeller and the Beaumont Foundation Announce Grants for Computers

February 25, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) was joined today by W.Frank Newton, executive director of the Beaumont Foundation of America, in announcing a total of $700,000 in grants to provide computer equipment in West Virginia. Schools, community centers, churches and individuals are all eligible to apply for these need-based grants.  

The Beaumont Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing technology to disadvantaged areas, has selected West Virginia among 21 states for their first round of grants. Low-income schools, community centers, churches and individuals are encouraged to submit their applications by March 31, 2003.  

Information on eligibility and the application can be found at: or by calling 1-866-505-2667. The Foundation will notify grant recipients by May 30, 2003. The applicants that have been selected will receive Toshiba, Internet-ready, wireless computers.  

Senator Rockefeller has consistently fought to make sure that West Virginia's schools and communities have the same Internet access as the residents in urban areas. Rockefeller is the co-author of the E-Rate program, which provides grants to schools and libraries to help pay the cost of Internet services, but E-Rate cannot be used for computers so this is a special opportunity. Since 1998, West Virginia has received about $38 million from the E-rate program.  

The Beaumont Foundation of America, headquartered in Texas, is dedicated to the principle of helping make today's technology and all its educational advantages available to everyone, particularly in rural or fiscally-challenged areas.

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