Jan. 24, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced that it is accepting applications from students to receive
PG&E Bright Minds™ scholarships
, as well as scholarships from the utility's
Employee Resource Groups
Through its Bright Minds Scholarship program, PG&E will award up to
in scholarships to enable high school, community college and "non-traditional" students to complete their higher education paths. Bright Minds scholarship winners will receive full-ride scholarships of up to
per year; program finalists will receive
towards their studies. In addition to the scholarship opportunities available through the PG&E Bright Minds program, the PG&E Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are also accepting applications for a wide variety of scholarships.
"PG&E believes that advancing educational opportunities is one of the most important ways we can give back to the communities where we deliver gas and electricity," said
, vice president of community relations and chief sustainability officer for PG&E. "The Bright Minds Scholarship program will provide deserving students with the means to advance their learning and reach their full potential through the power of education."
In 2012, PG&E awarded Bright Minds scholarships of up to
to 100 students throughout Northern and
. Scholarship recipients included high school seniors, current college students and adults returning to college. One scholarship recipient from
was a veteran of the military conflicts in
. Another recipient from
had been homeless at one time prior to turning her life around.
The PG&E Bright Minds scholarships will be awarded based on a combined demonstration of community leadership, personal triumph, financial need and academic achievement. Eligible students will be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the duration of the 2013-2014 academic year.