The Charter Oak State College Foundation implemented a Technology Grant Program as of July 1, 2011. Charter Oak State College (COSC) students eligible for a COSC Foundation Grant will also be eligible to receive a COSC Foundation Technology Grant.
Eligible students will recieve an electronic application to apply for a COSC Foundation Technology Grant. Technology Grant dollars aid in the purchase of any of the following eligible technology items that support online learning in that calendar year:
- Network hardward (router, modem, etc.); and/or
- Network access (DSL service)
Students who are awarded a COSC Foundation Technology Grant will receive a check for eligible purchases, up to the Technology Grant limit, when they submit their purchase receipts to the COSC Foundation.
The Foundation awarded 10 students with $500 Technology Grants in 2012.
Dear Charter Oak Foundation,
My name is Jenni Mierzejewski and this past January I was thrilled to be the recipient of a technology grant. I wanted to both express my gratitude as well as let you know how greatly this gift impacted my experience at Charter Oak.
I'm a stay-at-home Mom to four little girls and I work part-time as a waitress around their schedules. I don't make a lot of money so purchasing a new computer on my own was out of the question. When I applied for the grant I was hoping to upgrade the current computer that I had. Mine was older, slow, and missing buttons. I bought it back in 2005 when I was finishing up my Associate's degree and it took me three years to pay off the credit card I financed it on! I applied for the grant and crossed my fingers that I could soon own a new, functional, pc. Before I got the news that I received the grant, my old computer took a catastrophic crash. I can't describe it better than to say it had a meltdown. It no longer turned on, smelled like melting plastic when I plugged it in, and the worst part was that I lost all my files, which included pictures, old assignments, and a ton of old research papers that I kept for reference. The computer repair store I took it to said it was beyond help, and they couldn't do anything to repair it. I was absolutely beside myself.
Not only did I lose my only household computer, but I now had to contemplate withdrawing from my courses. I was entering the final semester of my last year at Charter Oak. Being less than five months away from finally getting my diploma after ten years, I was now facing the decision of having to delay my plans once more. I opened up the email from Angela Chapman on the computer at a friend's house one afternoon to discover that I had received the technology grant I applied for. I was honored, excited, and incredibly relieved all at the same time.
By receiving my technology grant, I was not only given the gift of being able to purchase a new computer, but given the greater gift of being able to finish the
degree I started so long ago. Without a good computer, I would not be able to attend my online classes and get the research done that I need to in order to complete my capstone paper. The foundation grant allowed me to get what I needed to get done in order to walk on that stage in May.
I hope that the foundation will be able to continuously provide these types of grants for students like myself. Because Charter Oak is an online campus, a student needs a good, functioning pc in order to attend classes. Since computers typically only have a life of five or six years, students are always going to need to upgrade or replace the one they have. I have learned that I'm not the only Mom, wife, or working student out there. People like me attend online classes because we cannot drive to a campus like a traditional student. We depend on computers to get us to class. An online student should not have to decide between purchasing the computer they need and paying their light bill. I'm so thankful that I was a grant recipient, and I wasn't forced to be put in that position.
I wanted to give my most sincere thank-you to the people that made it possible for me to purchase my new computer. Like I said before, I was not only given the gift of a new pc, but the greater gift of being able to finish my degree because of it. I certainly would not be sitting here today without your kindness. Someday, I hope to be in the financial position to give back this opportunity to another student that is in the same shoes that I am right now. I know how great of a feeling it was for me, and I would ultimately love to pay that favor forward.
Jenni Mierzejewski, 2011 COSC Technology Grant Recipient
Technology Grants will be available again in the Fall of 2013