The Southern California Gas Company has awarded 60 students from Southern and Central California scholarships totaling $232,000. Recipients were evaluated on academic achievement, community engagement, and an essay about California’s clean energy future. This year, 86 percent of scholarship recipients were minority students.
“At SoCalGas, we believe that a well-educated workforce is essential for a vital and economically healthy community. That’s why we are proud to contribute to the education of students pursuing higher education through our annual scholarship program,” said Andy Carrasco, vice president of strategy and engagement, and chief environmental officer at SoCalGas. “Helping students prepare for their professional careers is part of our commitment toward supporting the communities we serve.”
SoCalGas partnered with more than thirty community and non-profit organizations to identify this year’s recipients. Graduating high school students attending a vocational school, technical school or community college will receive $1,000, while transferring community college students and high school graduates attending an accredited four-year college or university will receive $5,000.
Mikhai Davis, a Culver City High School graduate attending Santa Monica College in the fall said, “This scholarship means so much to me and will be very helpful because it will give me the ability to pay for my books allowing me to focus more on them than their expenses. It will help me in my major of business by allowing me not to worry about covering certain expenses. I am very grateful for this opportunity and will use it to broaden my horizons.”