Out of more than 8,000 applicants, Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced that 10 students in its northern and central California service area have been awarded full-ride scholarships of up to $30,000 per year to complete their college degrees. One of the students will be transferring to Sonoma State University in the fall.
Kara Davis, a psychology major, has been awarded the Pacific Gas & Electric Bright Minds Scholarship. PG&E is awarding up to $1 million in scholarships this year to enable high school, community college and non-traditional students to complete their higher education paths. Davis will continue her education after her bachelor's degree with a doctorate.
Davis was recently honored for her achievement at the San Francisco Giants game.
Over 90 other student finalists will receive $2,500 toward their college costs.
"Enabling talented, driven, civic-minded students to realize their dreams of higher education is one of the most powerfully positive ways PG&E can give back to our communities," says Pacific Gas and Electric Company President Chris Johns. "Many of the winners of the inaugural Bright Minds Scholarship Program have overcome personal adversity. All of them share a spirit of service and a commitment to building a brighter future in their communities. We look forward to fostering our relationships with these students as they complete their education, begin their careers and become our leaders of tomorrow."
The PG&E Bright Minds scholarships were awarded based on a combined demonstration of community leadership, personal triumph, financial need and academic achievement.
Awarded scholarship funds will help students pay for university tuition, books and supplies, and room and board. High school students will receive renewable full-ride scholarships of up to $30,000 for five years. Non-traditional aged students currently attending post-secondary schools will receive up to $30,000 per year until a certificate, associate's or bachelor's degree is earned. Scholarship Management Services served as PG&E's facilitator for its Bright Minds Program and selected the scholarship recipients.
"PG&E's Bright Minds Program is unique in that it offers scholarships to high school students as well as community college and 'non-traditional' students," says Barb Weber, vice president of Scholarship Management Services. "Too often, college students in their third, fourth or fifth years face the biggest financial challenges and, unfortunately, have to prolong or postpone their education. PG&E's Bright Minds scholarship will help bridge the financial gap for these students to complete their education goals."
Pictured: Andrew Rogerson (Provost & VP of Academic Affairs), Kara Davis, Shirlee Zane (County Supervisor) and Leslie Horak (PG&E Community Relations Rep).