Edison Scholars 2018: Makers of Tomorrow

Applications for the $40,000 Edison Scholars college scholarships, a program funded by Edison International shareholders, are now open. Students interested in pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) at four-year accredited U.S. colleges and universities can apply nowScholarship applications are being accepted through Dec. 1. 

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Edison Scholar Continues STEM Studies While Abroad in Scotland

Like many tourists each year, Isai Rea, 20, and his friends had the opportunity to visit Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon recently with its sulfur-rich waters heated at about 99 degrees. 

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Isai Rea, a 2015 Edison Scholar awardee and junior at UC Berkeley,in Amsterdam.

But unlike his friends who wondered about the spa’s uniqueness, Rea can explain in detail how the lagoon is heated by a magma chamber below from a nearby volcano and that 90 percent of Iceland is powered by geothermal renewable energy.

Rea is a junior at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in environmental science and environmental economics. In August, he started a study abroad program in Scotland and when he can, he explores different parts of Europe, including Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Morocco and Budapest.

He credits a $40,000 Edison Scholars award from Edison International in 2015 for allowing him to pursue his academic dreams, both in the U.S. and abroad.


Edison Scholars Thrive in STEM Pursuits 

To better understand 20-year-old Rachel Miller’s world, you have to think very small. Atoms and molecular bonds small. 

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Rachel Miller is a 2014 Edison Scholar awardee.

As a nanoengineering senior at the University of California, San Diego, she deals with researching and creating things on a nanoscale. A width of human hair is about 40,000 nanometers long.

“I see nanoengineering as a revolutionary field for my generation,” said Miller, whose virtual reality projects include building a glove with sensors to help doctors do surgery remotely or to understand the sign language alphabet.

The former Valencia High School student says she is living her academic dream and wants to help more underrepresented Hispanic students like her pursue the field of engineering. And she credits her 2014 Edison Scholars award for her success.

“I am able to go to college because of that scholarship,” she said, noting that her parents could not afford to pay her tuition and boarding fees. “I’ve grown so much and am now better equipped to give back to my community as an engineer.”




  • Applicants must be a high school senior with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA, plan to pursue studies in the STEM fields at a four-year accredited college or university, and show financial need.
  • Specific college majors include: computer and information systems, engineering, engineering technology, management information systems, mathematics, natural resources and conservation, or physical sciences.
  • Applicants must live in Southern California Edison’s service territory.

To apply for the 2018 Edison Scholars Program: www.scholarsapply.org/edisonscholars/.


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