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PG&E helps students realize their college dreams with $1 million scholarship program

PG&E rolled out its Bright Minds Scholarship program locally today during a press announcement and student application event at CSU Bakersfield’s Walter Stiern Library. Following the announcement, PG&E representatives were on hand in the library’s computer lab — which was funded by PG&E five years ago — to help students complete the application process.

The utility’s new, $1 million scholarship program will award scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $30,000 per year to high achieving, low-income students who have demonstrated personal triumph or community leadership, with preference given to first-generation college students.

“Scholarship opportunities of this kind are very important to our students, especially in this economic environment,” said CSUB President Horace Mitchell. “I commend PG&E for its commitment to help students overcome the financial barriers that so many of them face today.” 

Mitchell noted that the program’s application criteria matches up well with attributes of CSUB’s student population. More than 80 percent of CSUB students rely on financial aid. Additionally, an estimated 73 percent are the first in their families to attend college, with many having to overcome personal challenges.

“Over the last decade, PG&E has contributed nearly $40 million towards educational initiatives and, with today’s announcement, we are proud to deepen our commitment to education and to the communities we have the privilege of serving,” said Chris Johns, president of PG&E. “By supporting deserving students, we can help them realize their full potential.”

An eligible student must be at least 16 years old, be a high school senior or current undergraduate student, be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the 2012-2013 academic year, and live within the PG&E service area. 

The deadline for applying for the PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship is February 17, 2012. For more information and to apply, visit Scholarship winners will be announced in the spring.

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