Kramden Tech Scholars

Free desktop computers for K-12 students

About the Program

  • Students must be in grades K-12
  • Students must not have consistent access to a working home computer
  • One computer per household unless special circumstances apply
  • Students can be nominated by a parent or educator
  • The free desktop computers come with an open source operating system (OS) called Ubuntu. This OS comes preinstalled with over 60 apps including an offline encyclopedia and word processing applications. Tech support will be provided to the student if questions or issues with the device arise.
  • At this time, computers must be picked up from the Kramden office in Durham, NC. Kramden is not able to ship computers.
  • Those looking for assistance distributing large numbers of devices at alternative locations can reach out to Kramden to discuss options.
Volunteers working on refurbishing equipment

How to apply for a computer

Kramden will contact applicants once a computer becomes available.
Typical wait time is 2-4 weeks.