SAN LUIS OBISPO – PG&E supported the Cal Poly student-athlete scholarship fund with a $20,000 donation during halftime of the Saturday (Sept. 22) football game.
Ed Halpin, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer for PG&E, presented the check to Cal Poly President Jeff Armstrong and Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman at halftime of the “Battle for the Golden Horseshoe” football game between the Mustangs and rival UC Davis. Tom Jones, a PG&E government relations director based in San Luis Obispo, also participated.
“Cal Poly is a world-renowned university training today’s students to be tomorrow’s scientists, technicians and engineers – disciplines highly valued by PG&E,” said Halpin. “We appreciate Cal Poly’s ‘Learn by Doing’ philosophy, which enables graduates to hit the ground running and make immediate contributions in their fields of study.”
He added: “PG&E is fortunate to count among our ranks many Cal Poly alumni who each day help us fulfill our commitment to providing safe, affordable and reliable power to our customers.”
“Cal Poly Athletics is proud to partner with PG&E in supporting our student-athletes in their educational endeavors,” said Oberhelman. “PG&E recognizes the quality of Cal Poly student-athletes and, in supporting these young men and women, PG&E is making an investment in the future of California.”
Since 2005, PG&E has given $48,000 to the Cal Poly student-athlete scholarship program, including the check to be presented Saturday. Education is one of PG&E’s three main community investment priorities, along with environmental stewardship and community vitality.
“Over the past decade, PG&E has contributed nearly $40 million toward educational initiatives,” said Halpin. “With this latest donation, we are proud to further our commitment to education and to the San Luis Obispo community. By supporting deserving students, we can help them achieve their goals and realize their full potential.”
Cal Poly beat Davis 28-20, its first victory in the long-standing rivalry in four years.