Students invited to apply for STEM scholarships

Sonoma students pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or math are invited to apply for college scholarships of up to $10,000 through an annual program.

The PG&E Corporation Foundation will be awarding $250,000 through its Better Together STEM Scholarship Program. The program will award 20 $10,000 scholarships and 20 $2,500 scholarships.

STEM scholarships are designed to give the next generation of Californians an opportunity to learn and succeed in higher education and support students who have made an impact in their community or who have overcome personal challenges.

Applications are open to high school seniors or graduates, students who have received a GED certification, current undergraduate students as well as nontraditional students or military veterans returning to school or pursuing their first undergraduate degree. This year, eligibility has expanded to include students planning to attend historically Black Colleges and Universities anywhere in the United States as well as California colleges and universities.

“The PG&E Corporation Foundation is proud to support local students as they follow their dreams of becoming our state’s future scientists, innovators and engineers who can help build our clean energy future,” said foundation board member Carla Peterman, executive vice president of corporate affairs and chief sustainability officer for PG&E Corporation. “We’re also excited to expand eligibility to students pursuing higher education at HBCUs. As a Howard University alumna, I’m grateful for my education that also reinforced my pride in my background and boosted my confidence to be my full, authentic self.”

Scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement, demonstrated participation and leadership in school and community activities and financial need. Qualifying degrees in STEM disciplines include engineering, computer science/information systems, cybersecurity and environmental sciences.

Applicants must live or be a dependent of a resident in PG&E’s service area in Northern and Central California, plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study for the entire 2022-23 academic year, and be seeking their first undergraduate degree at an accredited four- year institution in California. Interested students can learn more and apply here. The deadline to apply is June 3 and awards will be announced in August.

In addition to the Better Together STEM Scholarship Program, PG&E’s 10 employee resource groups (ERGs) and two engineering networking groups award scholarships to help students offset the costs of higher education. The funds are raised totally through employee donations, employee fundraising events and Campaign for the Community, the company’s employee giving program. Since 1989, more than $5 million in ERG scholarships have been awarded to thousands of recipients. Applications are accepted in December.

Reach the reporter, Dan Johnson, at daniel.johnson@sonomanews.com.

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