Edison International has pledged $1.25 million to fund scholarships for 125 high school seniors selected as Edison Scholars, the company’s annual scholarship program. The 125 scholarships reflect the company’s landmark 125th anniversary this year.
“These students are among the best and brightest students in the country, and we are proud to support them as they embark on their future,” said Theodore F. Craver Jr., chairman and CEO, Edison International.
Each student can receive up to $10,000 in scholarships, beginning with a $2,500 college scholarship that is renewable for an additional three years. The 125 seniors selected were among more than 900 public and private high school seniors, in 14 states, who applied for the scholarships. Edison International has awarded more than $3.2 million in scholarships to 464 Edison Scholars since 1993.
This year, for the first time, the number of awardees was expanded to include students in states where the company owns and operates facilities. Also, requirements were changed so recipients can attend any accredited U.S. university.
The annual Edison International scholarship program focused on students living in communities where Edison International and its subsidiaries, Southern California Edison (SCE), Edison Mission Group (EMG) and Midwest Generation, provide service. The company has operations in California, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
One hundred five students were selected from cities in SCE’s service territory, including Chino Hills, Inglewood, San Clemente and Tulare. A total of 20 recipients live in Illinois, Minnesota and Pennsylvania, where EMG operates.
To qualify for the scholarships, Edison Scholars had to be:
- high school seniors who lived, or attended a public or private school, in areas serviced by SCE, or attended an eligible high school in the designated area surrounding SCE’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
- high school seniors who attended an eligible school in a community where EMG or Midwest Generation operate.
- planning to attend an accredited four-year college in the U.S.
- full-time students majoring in math, physics, chemistry, engineering, materials science or computer science/information systems.
- students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher.
- U.S. citizens or permanent residents.