June 18, 2013
In Bakersfield, 17-year-old Eilene Reynolds began a paid summer job this week with a nonprofit organization that works with the building industry. She’s one of 58 teens working as part of PG&E’s Summer Jobs Program, which is expanding this year to Kern County and Sacramento.
June 13, 2013
Children near four Fresno elementary schools will have access to books and story time this summer due in large part to funding from PG&E. A $7,000 grant from PG&E was recently given to the Foundation for Central Schools which will open four Central Unified School District library sites this summer.
June 12, 2013
A young woman who has literally dreamed of being a nurse since she was a girl was surprised to learn today (June 12) that she will get a little help from PG&E with a $30,000-a-year renewable Bright Minds scholarship. Christina Taft — who volunteers at a hospital emergency room and assists her visually impaired mother — will attend Chico State this fall.
June 7, 2013
Emma Phillips had no clue why she had received a summons to the principal’s office at San Luis Obispo High School. Ditto for her father, Pete Phillips, the school’s science teacher. After being greeted with shouts of “surprise,” she found out she was the winner of a PG&E Bright Minds $30,000-a-year scholarship. The high school student plans to attend Brown University and study neuroscience.
June 6, 2013
Calling it the kind of public-private education partnership that President Obama advocates, a White House representative praised PG&E’s sponsorship of its New Energy Academy program. At Fresno’s Edison High, Marco Davis asked questions about the students’ energy projects. Later, the utility will award 32 seniors in the program a $1,000 scholarship.
June 5, 2013
Daniel Hardin’s road has been a tough one. He never met his father, grew up in foster care and then tended to his ailing grandmother until she died. That meant delaying his educational pursuits. Now PG&E is giving the 28-year-old a boost with a $30,000 renewable Bright Minds scholarship. He plans to attend San Francisco State and hopes to become a civil rights attorney.
June 3, 2013
PG&E joined students at Rosa Parks Elementary School today to celebrate the completion of a solar project that will provide power to 40 percent of the school, offsetting thousands of dollars in utility costs that can be used to purchase textbooks and pay teacher salaries. PG&E Vice President Ezra Garrett joined students in flipping a ceremonial switch.
June 3, 2013
Sierra MacLeod’s parents wanted to help their daughter fulfill her dream of attending UCLA this fall. But, like many parents, they worried about how they could help make that happen. On Friday, PG&E helped make that dream come true as it awarded Sierra a Bright Minds Scholarship worth up to $30,000.
May 31, 2013
Aaron Sproul, a student at CSU-Bakersfield, was stunned to find out Friday that he has become the latest winner of the 2013 PG&E Bright Minds Scholarships. He will get up to $30,000 a year to finish his education.
May 31, 2013
On Thursday, recent Oakdale High graduate Danny Wong showed up for what he thought was going to be a casual coffee shop meeting to discuss details about the PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship he had won. Instead, he was greeted with shouts of “Congratulations,” balloons and a waiting television news crew as he learned he had won a full-ride of up to $30,000 a year..
May 30, 2013
Laura Onate Solis, who attends Lower Lake High School in Lake County, has won a 2013 PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship.
May 28, 2013
Carlos Corona thought he was going to answer some questions about a scholarship. Instead, with TV cameras rolling, PG&E told the Fresno City College student that he was a winner of a $30,000 Bright Minds Scholarship. Corona, an Army veteran who will soon enroll at Fresno State or another college of his choice, was surprised and grateful.
May 24, 2013
It was the perfect ending to a senior awards night celebration: The distribution of $1,000 checks to students – every one of them — who completed the PG&E-sponsored New Energy Academy at Independence High School. A version of the Bakersfield ceremony will take place at other New Energy Academy schools in Stockton, Sacramento, Fresno and Berkeley.
May 21, 2013
Students at an East Oakland charter school cheered during a surprise announcement that one of their teachers is PG&E’s Bright Ideas Inspirational Teacher of the Year. In this Currents video, the students show a solar-powered scooter and other inventions inspired by their award-winning teacher.
May 15, 2013
The Sonoma County city of Sebastopol definitely has a style all its own. And that local flavor can be found at Analy High School, where students are building a little house, a hands-on project funded by PG&E that’s generating some big ideas about energy.