CHARLOTTESVILLE Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- In September, Innovative Software Solutions and WillowTree put on the Drive Fore STEM golf tournament, which raised $200,000.  

The money was then used to help area students, which Innovative Software Solutions founder Charlie Rogers says shows a lot about the Charlottesville community.

"What I found is that Charlottesville excels at providing opportunities for a lot of business owners and companies to have the heart to give back," he said. "So, to give these kids the opportunity to marry their aspirations with real opportunities."

Three Charlottesville High School students were surprised with laptops and opportunities to take classes at the University of Virginia on Thursday.

"I’m really happy for the new recipients who are getting the computers, because I know that when I got my computer and I was on the news, I was a little nervous and scared," said student Aniyah Moore. "But then afterwards, once I got used to it and had the opportunity to go to UVA, it just felt like this was something that I could do for a long time."

She also says it feels good to be recognized for efforts to help others.

"I felt noticed, like my hard work had paid off," said Moore. "And I was finally getting recognized for the effort I put into CAD coding, building designing, all the different things that I did and it does mean. That was the goal of Rogers, to change the lives and give the opportunity to the youth of today."