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San Diego Gas & Electric is encouraging high school and undergraduate students residing in the service area to apply for a $10,000 scholarship under a new initiative designed to support students of color, girls, and women pursuing a degree in STEM, or related courses of study. 

The Inspiring Future Leaders STEM Scholarship Program offers scholarship winners who maintain their eligibility to pursue their course of study in a traditional four-year university to have their scholarship renewed for an additional three years. 

This means scholarship winners could receive a total of $40,000 in financial aid. According to SDG&E, the scholarship is administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer, and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals.  

The utility clarifies that the program is funded by company shareholders, not SDG&E ratepayers.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is April 27, 2023, at 1 p.m. Pacific Time.

“One of the best strategies to narrow the gender and racial gap in STEM fields is to increase access to higher educational opportunities and provide the financial support students need to pursue STEM degrees,” said SDG&E CEO Caroline Winn. An electrical engineer by training, Winn is a long-time champion of SDG&E’s #BeThatGirl initiative to inspire girls to pursue STEM careers through mentorships and outreach activities. “As a region, our economic prosperity depends on employers like us to develop the workforce of tomorrow in order to fill the growing number of jobs that require STEM knowledge. We need to set up the next generation for success in future careers, which includes helping to alleviate financial barriers like student loan debt.”

Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify: 

  • Self-identify as either:
    • Women (all races/ethnicities are eligible) OR
    • Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (all genders are eligible).
  • Be high school seniors or graduates or current college undergraduates.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate STEM* (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) area of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Have a permanent address in SDG&E’s service territory which covers San Diego County and south Orange County. Please visit the scholarship website for eligible zip codes.
  • Employees and children of employees of SDG&E, its parent company Sempra, Southern California Gas Company, and any of their affiliates, are ineligible. 

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