SoCalGas Awards More than $230,000 in Scholarships to 60 Central and Southern California Students Pursuing Higher Education
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced the company will award 60 students from Southern and Central California scholarships totaling $232,000, including $55,000 for students in Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial counties. 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.
In our region, a few of our recipients include:
Yuxin Tracy Ye, a Mt. San Jacinto College student from Murrieta, will receive $5,000 to further her studies at the University of California, Berkeley where she will pursue a degree in data analytics.
Marissa Ahrens, an Idyllwild resident, who will receive $5,000 and be transferring from Mt. San Jacinto College to UC Irvine to pursue her degree in mathematics.
Kirsten Adair, a student of Crafton Hills College and resident of Yucaipa, who will be transferring to Cal State San Bernardino to finish her degree in biology.
In addition to providing academic scholarships, SoCalGas supports technology-based learning in science, engineering, and math at schools across the company’s service territory. Last year, the company provided more than $1.5 million in grants to hundreds of educational organizations in Central and Southern California. For more information about SoCalGas' charitable giving, please visit the 2019 Community Giving Report.
Since its launch in 2001, SoCalGas’ scholarship program has provided more than $2.7 million in scholarship funding to more than 2,500 students.