Posted on February 15, 2017

PG&E Opens Annual Better Together STEM Scholarship Program

By Hailey Wilson

PG&E is inviting high school and college students throughout Central and Northern California to apply for a Better Together STEM Scholarship. The program awards a total of $100,000 in scholarships annually to local high school, community college and non-traditional students pursuing higher education in the engineering, computer science, cyber security and environmental sciences.

Scholarship winners will receive $5,000 per year renewable for up to four years.

Lodi's Stephen Boyle was all smiles last spring with his parents after receiving a PG&E Better Together Scholarship. (Currents Archive Photo.)

“PG&E is investing in promising students today because they will be the leaders, dreamers and innovators of tomorrow. PG&E is proud to support them and help lay smooth path for them so they can achieve even greater things in their education and careers,” said Travis Kiyota, vice president of community relations and public affairs for PG&E.

Students pursuing a degree in one of the following STEM disciplines are eligible: Engineering (electrical, mechanical, computer, industrial or environmental), Computer Science/Information Systems, Cyber Security or Environmental Sciences. Applicants must plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study for the entire 2017-2018 academic year and be pursuing their first postsecondary degree at a PG&E partner school in California.

The deadline to apply for the PG&E Better Together STEM Scholarship is March 31. Scholarship winners will be announced this summer. For more information and to apply, visit pge.com/educationprograms.

PG&E has a long history of supporting local educational initiatives, providing more than $75 million over the last decade. Since 2012, PG&E’s Better Together STEM Scholarship Program has awarded more than $3 million to accomplished students based on a combined demonstration of community leadership, personal triumph, financial need and academic achievement.

In addition to the STEM Scholarship Program, PG&E’s 10 employee resource groups voluntarily raise funds for scholarships to help offset the cost of higher education. In 2016 alone, the employee groups awarded a record $430,000 in scholarships. Since 1989, more than $4.5 million in scholarships have been received by thousands of recipients.

PG&E’s broader Better Together Giving Program further demonstrates the company’s commitment to building a better future together. With a focus on education, economic vitality, the environment and emergency preparedness, PG&E is aligning charitable resources with the company’s values. Working closely with local community organizations, PG&E is helping to create a strong, resilient and sustainable California. Community investments are funded entirely by the company’s shareholders.

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