Your Own Device Award (YODA)

The Wisconsin School of Business BBA Program is excited to offer the Your Own Device Award (YODA) for the 2024-2025 academic year.
This award is selective, with awarded students receiving a financial credit towards a self-purchase laptop computer.

This application will be available between June 14 – July 15, 2024.
Completion of the FAFSA and/or demonstrated financial need are required for this award.
Students not awarded may still contact DoIT to inquire about laptop loaners for the 2024-25 academic year, and may want to proactively take this step.

Eligibility Criteria
Must be an admitted degree-seeking, undergraduate student in the Wisconsin School of Business BBA Program and have a demonstrated financial need.
A submitted FAFSA is strongly preferred but not required.
This award is intended for incoming first-year students.

Recommended Computer Specs
Hardware Specs:
A Windows laptop (or Macbook with Windows partition)
Intel Core i5 or AMD A10 processor
16GB of RAM minimum; 32-36GB of RAM recommended
1280×768 screen resolution
Integrated/external webcam
Ports (optional): 2 thunderbolt, 3 USB-C type, 1 headphone jack

Office 365 with Windows 11 or higher (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote)

Additional Hardware:
Wired USB or Bluetooth headset

Accidental Damage Warranty Coverage: 3 or 4 years

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Supplemental Questions
  1. I will be an Undergraduate Business student in the Wisconsin School of Business as-of Fall 2024 (response must be 'yes' for eligibility)
  2. During the 2023-2024 academic year, or any previous academic year, did you receive this Award?
  3. What is your expected graduation year?
  4. If not awarded, how do you plan to access a device in order to be successful in your coursework?
  5. How would this laptop award positively impact your experience in the BBA Program?
  6. If you did not file the FAFSA, please describe any history of socioeconomic disadvantage you would like the reviewers to consider. Disadvantages may include things like parents' income or occupation, adverse life events, how you are paying for your undergraduate education,etc.
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