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MTS Kicks off Essay Contest for Students to Win New Laptops


MTS & Coca Cola will award 40 high school students (Grades 9-12) a new laptop computer as part of the 17th Annual Laptop Scholarship Essay Contest. Students in grades 9-12 from all around San Diego County are encouraged to submit an essay and application starting March 2 through April 10. The top 40 essay writers will be awarded a new laptop and backpack valued at approximately $600. The laptop scholarship contest is a partnership between MTS, Coca-Cola Refreshments of San Diego and the San Diego County Office of Education.

“This is a great partnership with Coca-Cola,” said MTS Chief Executive Officer Paul Jablonski. “We like to encourage students to think critically about how transit can improve the community and the students’ quality of life. Each year we are pleased to see the level of research and thought they put in to their answers.”

To be eligible to win, students must submit an application form along with a 750 to 1,000-word persuasive essay about their vision for transit in San Diego. As MTS develops the Elevate SD 2020 plan to expand and improve public transportation, students must research the potential projects, and think critically about the future and what their generation considers top priorities. Students must also live in San Diego County, and be enrolled in a San Diego County high school.

All entries are due by Friday, April 10, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Entries can be emailed to or mailed/delivered to MTS, Attn: Laptop Scholarship, 1255 Imperial Avenue, Suite 1000, San Diego CA 92101.  For the full essay prompt, rules and guidelines, please visit the contest webpage. Questions about the contest can be directed to MTS Marketing Specialist Grecia Figueroa at

MTS operates 95 bus routes and three Trolley lines on 53 miles of double-tracked railway. Every weekday, 300,000 passenger trips are taken on MTS bus and Trolley services in 10 cities and unincorporated areas of the county. In FY 2019, MTS served more than 85 million riders.  For more information on how you can use public transportation and save money, go to