Laptop Challenge

In spring 2019, 107 students applied for a laptop scholarships and 46 scholarships were awarded. 

Hall of Fame Chair Ruby Melton's favorite quote brings voice and action to this challenge:

“Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.”  

- Kathy Calvin, CEO & President, United Nations Foundation

Everyone loves a challenge - and we have one for you. The Laptop Challenge seeks to raise $100,000 from 100 donors who become a $1,000 Director level sponsor to award 100 laptops to Gateway students for the 2020 scholarship cycle from the funds raised from the 2019 Hall of Fame event. CLICK HERE for Director Sponsor materials.


Laptop Challenge


(includes PayPay Fees)

Director-Level Sponsors

American Medical Response 
Helene and Jeffrey Augustine  
Margaret Bauer  
Tom & Colleen Beirne 
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP Daniel N. Caron  
Elsie Chapman 
Mary Ellen and Thomas Cody 
Kevin & Robin Dougherty 
Eder Foundation

Lindy Lee Gold  
William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund 
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce

Thomas S Griggs Jr. and Edward Bottomley 

Allen Hadelman 

Halsey Associates 

Housatonic Community College Foundation

Dwight Johnson 




Mimi M. Lines 

Cynthia & Paul McCraven 

Rick Mayer 

Ruby H. Melton & Gail McAvay

Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C. 

People’s United Bank 

Linda Randell 

The Suzio York Hill Companies 

Susan Swirsky 

C.A. White

Ena Williams

Tighe & Bond

Workforce Alliance

Yale University Office of State & New Haven Affairs

Laptop scholarship recipients share their stories

"I am honored to be awarded this laptop scholarship! This will have a major impact on my education and professional career. It will allow me to focus on my studies and research projects. Thank you, GCC Foundation, for helping me along my journey to become a pharmacist."

Sona Ghorashi

Liberal Arts and Sciences A.S

Benjamin A. Nnko 

Engineering Science A.S

"Part of my current aspirations is to become an Electrical and Electronics Engineer, thanks to the GCC Foundation I am one step closer to achieving my goal. By awarding me with the Laptop Scholarship the Gateway Foundation has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as the GCC Foundation helped me achieve my goals."

"This scholarship is important to me because it will help me take a step further in my studies. I will not have to borrow a laptop anymore, in order to get homework done. After graduating, I will choose between working at Yale-New Haven Hospital or Haiti, my home country."


"Receiving this scholarship lifts a heavy burden, and greatly assists in my ability to complete my homework… it lessens the stress levels of being a student…  Receiving this scholarship has greatly impacted my life, and I can confidently say that I will not let you down, by taking the responsibility of being a productive student, thank you again!"


"This laptop scholarship will help me lower my book costs as I will be able to buy the digital book rather the used hard copy. This will also allow me to concentrate better as I can take my studies to the library rather than have to try to work in my noisy apartment complex."


"I always wanted my own personal laptop and have been saving up to get one around black Friday but thankfully with this award I can put the money to paying my tuition… Again, I sincerely want to thank all those who were involved who made this possible, thank you from the bottom of my heart and also thank you for choosing me for this award."


"Thanks to this donation, this scholarship will help reduce the cost of my tuition given my immense medical expenses due to my chronic illness. I am currently a sophomore pursuing the Ultrasound major at Gateway. I would like to specialize in OB/GYN sonography as I am interested in this prenatal care and working with mothers-to-be."

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