As part of its ongoing dedication to educate today’s youth to help power a stronger and brighter California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced that Hailey Prasad, a 2012 graduate of Colusa High School is one of 10 Northern and Central California students who will receive a scholarship of up to $20,000 per year to complete their college degrees.
The awards are a part of PG&E’s third annual PG&E Bright Minds™ Scholarship program, which helps to cover undergraduate education expenses for selected high school seniors, or college, university or vocational-technical students to complete their higher education paths. The 10 students were among more than 5,600 applicants. An additional 90 program finalists will receive $2,000 towards their studies.
“Providing a path for talented and driven students to achieve their dreams of higher education is one of the ways PG&E is supporting the communities where we live and work,” said Lia White, manager of PG&E’s North Valley division leadership team. “By awarding scholarships to accomplished students like Hailey, we are helping them reach their full potential tomorrow.”
The PG&E Bright Minds scholarships are awarded based on a combined demonstration of community leadership, personal triumph, financial need and academic achievement.
Prasad is a junior at the University of San Diego where she is majoring in behavioral neuroscience. She is the first in her family to attend college. Her plans include becoming Emergency Medical Technician certified and working as an EMT for two years. She then hopes to become a physician assistant as either a neurosurgical or cardio assistant. Eventually she would like to join the Red Cross and provide medical services to disaster victims and under-served populations.
Prasad’s interest in the field of medicine is largely due to her own family’s struggles with epilepsy, intestinal cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Prasad also volunteers with her church, the community thrift store and tutors students in math, chemistry and physics.
Since the program’s inception in 2012, the PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship Program has awarded $3 million in scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $30,000 to 300 students throughout Northern and Central California.
The PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship Program is part of the company’s larger commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Since 1997, PG&E has provided more than $60 million towards educational opportunities for students throughout Northern and Central California.
In addition to the scholarship opportunities through the PG&E Bright Minds Program, a wide variety of scholarships were also offered through PG&E’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). This year, PG&E’s 10 ERGs will award $317,000 in scholarships to 157 college-bound students from Northern and Central California. Within the past decade, PG&E’s ERGs have provided over $3.5 million in scholarships to over a thousand students in diverse communities. The funds were primarily collected from PG&E employees’ contributions and ERG fundraising events. PG&E’s ERG Scholarship recipients will be notified individually. Students interested in applying for future PG&E’s ERG scholarship programs may visit www.pge.com/scholarships for more information.■