Where are they now?
Each year, Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, awards scholarships worth $40,000, paid over four years, to 30 high school students who plan to major in designated STEM fields at a four-year accredited U.S. college or university. Since 2006, Edison International has awarded more than $12.3 million in scholarships to 700 students. For students graduating from high school next year, the Edison Scholars application period is now open through Dec. 13.
To apply and learn more about scholarship requirements, visit edisonscholars.com. Need more persuading? Check out the achievements of some prior winners:
University of California, San Diego
Current job: Software Engineer at Google
Luzanne is involved in programs at Google that seek to increase diversity and equity in the tech industry. She mentors students interested in pursuing careers in tech and helps guide them toward their goals.
Advice for future Edison Scholars: “Go at your own pace and be nice to yourself! Your journey might be different than others' and that's OK.”
University of California, San Diego. Currently pursuing a PhD at Cornell University
Undergraduate - Nanoengineering; Graduate - Materials Science and Engineering
Rachel is a graduate research assistant/PhD candidate at Cornell University in both the Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering departments.
Advice for future Edison Scholars: “Make sure you have people rooting for you in all aspects of your life who you can go to as mentors - professionally, personally, and in extra-curricular activities. They all bring unique perspective and will be essential to success as an Edison Scholar!”
University of California, Berkeley
Isaí is in graduate school at UC Berkeley studying environmental science, policy and management. He worked with the California Coastal Commission to draft a policy on protecting marine life and beaches in California.
Advice for future Edison Scholars: “Take everything as a learning experience. Seize every opportunity you encounter and do not forget to have fun along the way.”
University of California, Santa Barbara
Current job: Manufacturing Engineer & MES Systems SME
Brian is most proud of finding an engineering job right out of college.
Advice for future Edison Scholars: “Start applying for internships as soon as possible (even freshman year with no experience!)”
University of California, Berkeley
Society & Environment and Business Administration
Post-graduation, Justin will be commissioning into the U.S. Air Force as a Second Lieutenant, where he plans to pursue a career as a pilot.
Advice for future Edison Scholars: “Being recognized as an Edison Scholar puts your profile in front of a large audience that extends beyond just SCE. Leverage this new excitement to generate momentum for yourself that will extend into your time in college and beyond into your career. Use this moment to network with industry professionals who will introduce you to different career paths, consider applying for an SCE internship, and explore opportunities to be your own change-maker within the STEM community.”
University of California, Los Angeles
Statistics & Economics
Carlie is most proud of her Credit Research internship at PIMCO where she analyzed COVID-19's impact on supply chains through a program called Girls Who Invest.
Advice for future Edison Scholars: "Remember your goals and utilize your newfound STEM knowledge to make an impact!"
University of Southern California
Itzel is proud of being a part of a coding camp where she worked with a group of girls to create a website used as a resource for homeless women to access menstrual products throughout Los Angeles.
Advice for future Edison Scholars: “Pursue something you know you'll love and enjoy, while also taking every opportunity that's offered.”
Malia is proud of the hard work she's done to capture the attention of great organizations like Edison and other companies involved in the engineering field.
Advice for future Edison Scholars: “Always take advantage of every positive opportunity that presents itself. Whether it’s joining a club, visiting a new place, or gaining work experience; if it sparks your interest, go for it.”