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The Search for New Edison Scholars Begins

2013 Edison Scholars Line Up for a Picture in Front of Edison International's Headquarters – This year's Edison Scholars (left to right): Jeff Wettstein, Jasmine Esparza, Chika Okonkwo and Alexander Chan.

If you’re a high school senior planning to major in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics in college, you may be eligible for one of several scholarships being offered by Edison International (Edison), parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE). The application period for the 2013-14 Edison Scholars program opened on Oct.1, 2013 and runs through Jan. 10, 2014.

The $1.2 million program offers 30 scholarships valued at $40,000 each to Southern California high school seniors who either live in, or attend public or private high schools in, SCE’s service area and will be pursuing college studies in the STEM fields. Students from low-income families are especially encouraged to apply.

“The Edison Scholars Program is an excellent opportunity for any high school student in our service area who has a 2.8 GPA or better and wants to pursue higher education in the STEM fields,” said Tammy Tumbling, director of Philanthropy and Community Investment for SCE. “At Edison International, we realize that higher education is a transformative tool that fuels the future.  As an energy company, we recognize the skills needed for our future workforce and to help advance our country.”

2013 Edison Scholar Chika Okonkwo from Hawthorne is well aware of the impact that scholarship will have on her financially.

“This scholarship means a lot to me because I will be able to graduate college loan free,” said Okonkwo, who is currently enrolled at University California, San Diego pursuing a degree in engineering. “Think about it, a 13-year-old girl that emigrated from an undeveloped country and had no clue of what to expect in America is able to receive a higher education that is completely funded.”

To apply and to get additional eligibility information, please visit: Scholarship recipients will be announced in April 2014 and recipients may also be eligible for summer internships at SCE after completing their second year of college.

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