Amazon invests in Virginia computer science education with $3.9 million donation Tobias Rodriguez. April 28, 2020.

Amazon is making another investment into the commonwealth. On Tuesday, they surprised students with a big donation.

Pamela Northam, First Lady of Virginia, sat down via video chat with students from CodeRVA, a magnet school in Richmond.

She announced the winner of an essay contest showing the importance of computer science.

Kaylie Nichols, freshman, was the winner.

“I decided to write my essay on the topic of how I use computer science in my everyday life because technology is really present in what I do everyday,” Nichols said.

Nichols said she uses a computer everyday for school and connecting with her teachers.

Northam also shared the news of a huge donation from tech giant Amazon.

“I am thrilled to announce in a show of commitment to their new Virginia home, Amazon is going to donate $3.9 million to computer science education,” Northam said.

The donation will be in three installments until the year 2022.

This donation to CodeVA, a computer science education non profit, who has a hub in Loudoun County will help expand the skills of students and teachers over the next three years.

The donation will help bring access to computer science education to rural areas in Virginia too.

“It will ultimately benefit half a million students, provide training for 12,000 teachers and 700 underserved communities throughout Virginia,” Northam said.

Amazon said the first year donation of $1.3 million will focus on curriculum and training which will prepare the workforce for exciting technology careers at Amazon HQ2 in Northern Virginia.

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