FRESNO – PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship winner Carlos Corona helped the Fresno Grizzlies celebrate military appreciation night by throwing out the first pitch at Friday’s (July 5) game.
Corona was recently named one of PG&E’s 2013 Bright Minds Scholarship winners. The 30-year-old Fresno City College student is also a U.S. Army veteran.
The Grizzlies game, which included a post-game fireworks show, pitted the home team against the Sacramento River Cats as part of three-game series over the weekend. The Grizzlies won two of the three games losing the final game on Sunday.
At the game, Corona got the chance to meet Brett Pill of the Fresno Grizzlies. Pill has spent time with the San Francisco Giants this season. The Triple-A Grizzlies are affiliated with the San Francisco Giants. Pill and the rest of the Grizzlies wore military-themed jerseys.
Born in Mexico, Corona has not had an easy path. Raised by a single mother, he worked in the fields and enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves after high school where he was called to active duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. When he returned, he pursued his college education although he continues to struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Corona, who is the first in his family to go to college, learned he had won the $30,000 a year renewable scholarship in a surprise announcement at Fresno City College in May. Since May, all 10 winners of the $30,000 scholarships have been notified with the final winner told last week.
This is the second year that PG&E is awarding up to $1 million in Bright Minds scholarships to help high school, college and “non-traditional” students achieve their higher education goals. In addition to the full-ride scholarships of up $30,000 per year, program finalists will receive $2,500 awards for college.