As high school students prepare for college, Edison International is helping to make some of their dreams come true by providing $40,000 scholarships to 30 deserving students. In mid-April, some of those students learned they had been selected as Edison Scholars with surprise visits at their schools. Others received a personal video annoucement mailed to them at their schools.
In total, these 30 students from throughout Southern California Edison's service territory were chosen for their academic success and demonstrated financial need. All are pursuing careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math). From Hanford to Rancho Santa Margarita, these high school seniors are determined to succeed and make this world a better place for everyone.
Since 2006, Edison International has awarded nearly $7.7 million in scholarships to 580 Edison Scholars.
Here are this year's Edison Scholars and their stories:
From Wildomar to Rosemead, High Schoolers Get an Edison Scholars Surprise
When Promise Agbo, 17, was 6 years old, her father would often take her outside to look at the stars in the sky.
Ten years later, she accepted an internship at NASA where she was able to work on the Mars Mission. Her idea: a hybrid spacecraft that once deployed would break off into a satellite and land rover. Her idea was so good it was presented to the NASA administration.
“I like to explore something that we never knew about,” said Agbo, who hopes to one day work at NASA as a space flight engineer. “Ideas can come to fruition. If you dream a good idea, it can come true.”
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Edison Scholars Program Details:
The $1.2 million program awards $40,000 scholarships, paid over four years, to 30 high school seniors who either live in, or attend public or private high school, in SCE’s service area or attend an eligible high school surrounding SCE’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
Applicants must have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA, show financial need, and plan to pursue studies in the STEM fields at a four-year accredited college or university. Students from underserved communities and ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.
In 2017, there were 1,226 applicants for the Edison Scholars program. Edison Scholars is funded by shareholder dollars, not rate payer dollars.
Applications for the 2018 Edison Scholars scholarships will be available in the fall of 2017. Check back here for details.