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Deadline approaching for PG&E Bright Minds scholarships available to students

By From page A3 | February 08, 2013

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is accepting applications from students to receive PG&E Bright Minds scholarships, a press release stated.

Through its Bright Minds Scholarship program, PG&E will award up to $1 million in scholarships to enable high school, community college and “non-traditional” students to complete their higher education paths.

Winners of Bright Minds scholarships will receive full-ride scholarships of up to $30,000 per year; program finalists will receive $2,500 towards their studies.

The deadline for applying for the PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship is Feb. 28. For more information and to apply, visit pge.com/brightminds. Scholarship winners will be announced in the spring.

“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 Ezra Garrett, vice president of community relations and chief sustainability officer for PG&E in the release. “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.”

PG&E awarded Bright Minds scholarships of up to $30,000 to 100 students throughout Northern and Central California in 2012. Scholarship recipients included high school seniors, current college students and adults returning to college.

The PG&E Bright Minds scholarships will be awarded based on a combined demonstration of community leadership, personal triumph, financial need and academic achievement. One 2012 scholarship recipient was a veteran of military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Another had been homeless at one time prior to turning her life around.

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.

Patrick Ibarra

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