10 scholarships help women and students of color from across the region pay for higher education
SAN DIEGO, July 11, 2023 – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced today that it has awarded $10,000 scholarships to ten local high school and college students who are pursuing undergraduate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) – many of them first-generation college students who face financial barriers to higher education. These are the first scholarships given by SDG&E under its newly launched Inspiring Future Leaders STEM Scholarship Program, which builds on the company’s long history of investing in STEM education to foster the region’s future generations of diverse and highly skilled workforce.
Scholarship winners who maintain their eligibility can have their scholarships renewed for an additional three years – meaning they could receive up to a total of $40,000 in financial aid.
“Today, many jobs require a STEM education, so it’s essential that we help build the talent pipeline by expanding access to higher education,” said SDG&E CEO Caroline Winn, who is an electrical engineer by training and a leading advocate for getting more women and people of color into STEM careers. “Through the scholarship program, we hope to create a STEM workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.”
Selected from a pool of more than 150 applicants from San Diego and southern Orange County communities served by SDG&E, the scholarship recipients are local
women and students of color. Some of the college degrees being pursued by the scholarship recipients include biochemistry, biology, civil engineering, data science, marine science, mechanical engineering, neuroscience and physics. Learn more about our Inspiring Future Leaders STEM Scholarship winners here.
“I plan to be an example that one’s family background, financial status, or ethnicity does not define how far you get in life,” said scholarship recipient Diana Garcia, who will attend UCLA in the fall to major in biochemistry. “I am faithful to being part of an ongoing cycle that breaks the chains of poverty and changes the world for the better.”
Kathy Caputo, director of Partners in College Success (PICS), said it’s rare to see multi-year, renewable scholarships of the size offered by SDG&E.
“Many of the students we work with need financial support throughout their college career in order to complete their degrees.” Caputo said. “We hope other organizations will follow in SDG&E’s footsteps and make it more accessible for women and people of color to enter STEM careers,”
The STEM 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 program is funded by company shareholders, not SDG&E customers.