Utility announces scholarships totaling $225,000 to 45 students pursuing higher education
LOS ANGELES, June 10, 2018 —Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced four students from the Central Coast as recipients of a $5,000 college scholarship from the utility. SoCalGas’ Scholarship Program is distributing scholarships totaling $225,000 to 45 students this year. Since its creation in 2001, the program has provided more than $2.2 million in scholarship funding to more than 2,500 students. Recipients were evaluated on academic achievement, community involvement, and an essay on climate change. Photos of the awards luncheon for the scholars and their families are available here.
“SoCalGas’ Scholarship Program helps young people continue their education and build a pipeline of diverse future engineers and other professionals who are prepared for the competitive workforce,” said Gillian Wright, chief human resources and administrative officer for SoCalGas. “We believe that a well-educated workforce is essential for a vital and economically healthy Southern California and are thrilled to award scholarships to this group of exceptional students.”
The recipients are:
· Jahmai Cabrera of Santa Barbara
· Anais Jimenez of Santa Barbara
· Desiree Estrada of Ventura
· Destinee Estrada of Ventura
In addition to providing academic scholarships, SoCalGas supports technology-based learning in science, technology, engineering, and math at schools across its service territory. Last year, the company provided nearly $1.3 million in grants to hundreds of educational organizations in Southern California.
SoCalGas also supports clean air, energy, and water initiatives through its Environmental Champions program. This year, the company provided grants totaling more than $500,0000 to 42 nonprofit organizations to implement projects focused on clean air, energy, or water. Since the program’s inception in 2015, it has awarded over 120 grants totaling more than $1.5 million.
SoCalGas is a leader in developing and investing in technologies that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Since 1990, the company’s energy efficiency and rebate programs have reduced emissions equal to taking almost 700,000 cars off the road. SoCalGas is also working to increase the production and use of renewable natural gas, which turns methane emissions into a source of clean energy, as well as heavy-duty trucks fueled by natural gas. The latest advancements in this engine technology can lower greenhouse gas emissions from trucks by 80 percent and reduce air pollution by 90 percent.