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MTS Kicks off Essay Contest for High School Students to Win New Laptops


The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), Reyes Coca-Cola and the San Diego County Office of Education are proud to announce the 18th Annual 2021 Laptop Scholarship Essay Contest for high school students across San Diego County. The top 40 best-scored essays from high school students will take home a brand-new laptop. Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to submit an essay and application by April 9.

“This is a great program to encourage students to learn about transit, enhance their research skills and earn a valuable tool to help with their continuing education,” said MTS Chief Executive Officer, Sharon Cooney. “Every year we choose our essay prompt to be relevant to our future projects, and this year we are asking high school students to explore PRONTO, our new fare collection system that we are launching this summer.”

PRONTO is the new regional fare collection system that will give MTS riders new and easy ways to ride transit. Everything will be new: ticket vending machines, website, mobile app and more. Best of all, the new functionality will make the rider experience even better than before. It guarantees that MTS riders will always get the best-possible fare without buying products in advance. This contest gives students a great opportunity to learn how to get the best use of the new tools, and potentially save them money while using transit.

To be eligible to win, students must send their application form along with a 750 to 1,000-word essay. All entries are due by Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Students must follow all instructions on the application form. 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’s webpage.

Questions about the contest can be directed to MTS Marketing Specialist Grecia Figueroa at