Posted on July 22, 2013

PG&E Employee Groups Award $319,000 in College Scholarships

Winners of scholarships from PG&E’s Legacy employee resource group and PG&E Vice Presidentv Bill Arndt, far right, pose with Helmet during the award ceremony in San Francisco. (Photos by Judy Ho)

PG&E, its 10 Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and the Pacific Service Employees Association have awarded $319,000 in scholarships to 175 students from Northern and Central California. Students received scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 in recognition of their leadership, community service and academic achievement.

“These well-deserving students reflect the talent and diversity of the communities we serve,” said Laura Butler, vice president of talent management and chief diversity officer of PG&E. “Awarding these scholarships is an investment in helping high-performing individuals continue their education and eventually become successful business and community leaders. We wish each student the best of success in their college careers and look forward to seeing their progress in the future.”

PG&E’s ERGs have awarded scholarships to deserving students for more than two decades. The 2013 recipients were chosen from nearly 1,800 applications submitted by college-bound high school seniors and adults continuing their education who live within PG&E’s service area. In addition to their academic achievements, this year’s recipients displayed a broad range of leadership qualities, are committed to serving their communities and are strong proponents of diversity and inclusion.

PG&E has 10 ERGs and the Pacific Service Employees Association, which contribute to the personal and professional development of thousands of employees and provide vital opportunities to engage employees in service to diverse communities. The 10 ERGs are Access Network, BEA, InspirAsian, Latino, Legacy, NuEnergy, PrideNetwork, Samahan, Veterans, and Women’s Network.

“The scholarship made a big difference to me and my family – it was really helpful,” said Elisabeth Sum, who won a scholarship from PG&E’s InspirAsian ERG in 2009 that helped her attend the University of Pennsylvania. Sum was chosen for a summer internship in PG&E in 2012, and was recently hired by PG&E as a full-time business finance associate analyst after she graduated from college.

In late June at PG&E’s Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco, two of the company’s ERGs staged a joint scholarship ceremony. NuEnergy represents employees who have recently joined PG&E, while Legacy represents long-time employees.

Susan Randall-Nelson, the president of the Legacy ERG, poses with scholarship winner Katherine Lou, who is studying for her doctorate in clinical psychology at Stanford.

“We call ourselves ‘the generational bookends,’” said Susan Randall-Nelson, the president of the Legacy ERG. “Working with NuEnergy was a win-win experience for both the employee volunteers and our scholarship recipients.”

Combined, the groups presented 13 scholarships. Some went to students who will be beginning college this fall. Others went to students who will be returning to college for advanced degrees that are focused on the needs of senior citizens.

Last year, the utility’s employee resource groups awarded $302,000 in scholarships to help 163 students with their college expenses. Over the past decade, PG&E’s ERGs have provided more than $3 million in scholarships to more than a thousand students in diverse communities. The funds were raised primarily from PG&E employee contributions and ERG fundraising events. PG&E’s website offers more information for students interested in applying for future PG&E scholarships.

Diversity and inclusion have long been hallmarks of PG&E’s heritage.For information on PG&E’s diversity and inclusion efforts, visit

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