Golder Laptop Scholars 2019

Thanks to your donations and support of the fund, we were able to continue awarding brand new MacBook Pro laptops to two graduating seniors and two alumni of Golder College Prep in Chicago. A bit about each of our recipients:

Osvaldo & Edisa, class of 2019

1. Veronica Camacho: Veronica graduated from Golder College Prep in 2015 and went on to study pre-nursing at UIC in Chicago. She was recently accepted to Resurrection University to complete her BSN. In addition to school, Vero works at Swedish Covenant Hospital. She hopes to be a psychiatric nurse when she graduates in August of 2020! Keep up the great work, Vero, and we hope the laptop makes school less stressful and more fun! 

2. Rocio Tinoco: Rocio graduated from Golder in 2013 and got her ungraduate degree from Connecticiut College where she studied Hispanic Studies and Elementary Education on a full academic scholarship. Currently, she is teaching at a middle school in New London, CT where she works primarily with students who are newcomers to the US. Her job prompted Rocio to want to continue studying, so she enrolled in graduate school at Eastern Connecticiut University where she is working to earn a masters degree in teaching Dual Language Learners. If you didn't think Rocio was busy enough, she also runs the Latinos in Action club at school! Needless to say, she is most deserving of a new laptop. 

3. Edisa Niyifasha: Edisa is a recent graduate from Golder and is headed to University of Michigan in the fall! Edisa is trilingual - speaking Swahili, English and Spanish. She hopes to study biology as a pre-med student. 

4. Osvaldo De Paz: Ozzy is headed to Luther College in Iowa in the fall of 2019 where he hopes to study computer science. In high school, he kept busy with rigorous academic classes and on the soccer team. 

We look forward to keeping in touch with all of our recipients as they continue on the roads they have paved to success!


Veronica, class of 2015


OPRF Local Scholarship Recipient 2019

We loved being back at ours and Terri's alma mater OPRF! On May 1st, we presented our new friend of the fund, Edward, with the Terri Race Techu Fund Scholarship. Edward loves technologyand plans to study game design at Loras College. But first, he will participate in OPRF's CITE program, which is a supported gap year. According to its website, "the program's goal is to create a smooth transition from school to post-school activities, so that a student may successfully participate in his/her community as an adult." It was awesome to chat tech with Edward and we wish him all the best!


One Day - A Film By 2016 Recipient Austin Damisi

We're excited to announce that we've partnered with filmmaker and 2016 TRTF Recipient, Austin Damisi and his new film coming 2019 One Day. Austin has remained close to the fund after earning a laptop as a senior at Golder College Prep by photographing Terri's Race and creating a short video to advertise the Laptop Scholarship each year. He always comes up with innovative ways to advertise the fund and his enthusiasm for and dedication to technology continues to inspire us each year. He applied for a grant through the fund to help make the film a reality and shot it this summer in Chicago, even giving Mariel a minor role as the protagonist's mother! We are so proud of Austin's drive in film making and promoting technology. Don't be suprised when you see his name pop-up in Hollywood!


Chicago Youth Centers Donation - August 2018

Walking through these doors is like getting a big hug. Dushunda and her team of devoted and loving teachers, parents and scholars put on a great talent show of song, dance and art. They really put the A in STEAM as you’ll see in the beautiful artwork. Thanks to your support, we’re able to increase the device-student ratio at the Center and even allow them to purchase a Smart TV where students can display their work and practice presentations.


Hephzibah Donation 2018

We just got to make solar ๐ŸŒž powered BUGS with the Saturday morning computer crew and Ms. Sue at @hephzibahhome! Very grateful for your donations that give these bright ๐Ÿ’ก young minds experience with technology even during their summer breaks. Too bad for the rainy day ๐ŸŒง or we could have seen those grasshoppers hop!