The essays must explain to college students the benefits of using tranist. Photo courtesy Metropolitan Transit System

College-bound high school seniors in San Diego can win new laptop computers as part of the 12th annual transit essay contest sponsored by the Metropolitan Transit System and the local Coca-Cola bottler.

Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1 touch-screen laptop computers will be awarded to the top 40 student essay writers from San Diego County.

The Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1 touch-screen laptop. Courtesy Lenovo

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 1,000-word persuasive essay explaining to college students the benefits of taking transit to class and to get around San Diego. Students also must be a San Diego County resident, enrolled in a San Diego County high school and slated to graduate in spring 2015.

Applications are available at www.sdmts.com or at The Transit Store at First and Broadway in downtown San Diego. Completed applications and essays can be submitted via email to scholarship@sdmts.com, or via mail or in-person addressed to MTS Scholarship, 1255 Imperial Ave., Suite 1000, San Diego, CA 92101.

The application deadline is Friday, April 10, at 5 p.m. All students applying by Friday, March 27, will receive free earbud headphones and a chance to win a $100 gift card to Best Buy.

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