While unfortunately we had to deny the application, but it did give us an idea. Often there are instances where a student needs high-end GPU's for Movie Editing, Photoshop, etc., beyond the typical Emails, Microsoft Office, iLife, etc. We try to give them higher end Macbook Pros with discrete dual graphics cards. But what if someone with a $80k income needs something even more powerful, with a Core i5 or i7 processor, 8GB+ RAM, 1GB+ vRAM, etc.?
$80k is arguably not a lot of income. But it's not a little either. Thus, we came up with a thought... that a heavily *subsidized* discount for a high end Macbook Pro or even iMac/Mac Pro Desktops might work in such cases.
We recently partnered with Apple's Business Division & TechLiquidators (under our 501(c)(3) status) and are exploring options to get even some higher end machines into our inventory. We expect that applicants with sufficient income may contribute $100-300 towards their subsidized, higher-end laptop, depending on circumstances.
So, $300 for a 2012 Core i7 Quad Macbook Pro 15"? It's possible. And not a bad idea.
Please Note: for lower end income families and students without needs for a more advanced laptop, we are still continuing our 100% free donations.