CI’s Henry L. Lacayo Institute Receives Edison International Grant
A grant from Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), will fund student scholarships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and an energy conservation innovation lab at CSU Channel Islands (CI). The $50,000 grant, awarded to the Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo Institute for Workforce & Community Studies (HLI) at CI, will provide scholarships to low-income, underrepresented students who show promise in STEM. It will also help launch the online HLI SCE Energy Conservation Lab – a partnership between CI and Edison International to advance and share successful energy conservation practices with area residents and businesses.
“This grant represents a great step forward in the effort to educate future leaders in the vital areas of STEM and energy conservation,” said Richard R. Rush, President of CI. “We are grateful to Edison International for its ongoing support of the CI campus, our students and community. Through partnerships like these, we are strengthening our workforce and environmental commitment for the good of the entire region.”
Launched in 2010 with funding from Edison International, HLI is an independent, nonprofit public policy institute intended to build a robust regional workforce for the 21st century. Named for workforce and community leader Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo, the institute focuses on conducting research, community outreach, education, and leadership development programs that will enrich the area’s economy, workforce, and quality of life.
“Edison International is pleased to support the Hank Lacayo Institute at CSU Channel Islands,” said Tammy Tumbling, director of Philanthropy and Community Investment at SCE. “Since 2009, Edison International has given almost $45 million to education programs that help students excel in STEM. Our philosophy of giving is that all people should have opportunities to do well. Together, Edison International and CSU Channel Islands hope to promote the inclusion of minority, low-income and underrepresented students in STEM fields.”
The grant is expected to support between four and 15 CI students in the STEM disciplines, with scholarship amounts varying based on the students’ financial needs. The two-year scholarships will be awarded to students from low-income, first-generation and underrepresented backgrounds that show an aptitude for STEM.
The HLI SCE Energy Conservation Lab is a new initiative to highlight and advance the University’s conservation efforts in a way that enables residents and small businesses to make similar strides. The lab plans to test and demonstrate new technologies in energy management and control systems, conduct campus energy audit studies, and highlight helpful findings and results for the public on a new website.