Bright Minds Scholarships

Investing in the Higher Education of California’s Next Generation

Higher education drives much of what makes California great – innovation, diversity and opportunity. To give the next generation of Californians the chance to learn and succeed in higher education, PG&E presents aspiring young people in our service area with Bright Minds scholarships.

Program Overview

Each year, through the Bright Minds scholarship program, PG&E awards ten renewable scholarships of up to $20,000 per year for up to five years and 90 one-time $2,000 scholarships. Over the past three years, PG&E has awarded nearly $3 million in Bright Minds scholarships to high school and current college students and veterans, many of whom will be the first in their family to attend college.

The program has become increasingly competitive, with thousands of applicants each year. The scholarship is open to all majors but a preference is given to students in STEM majors. In selecting scholarship recipients, PG&E looks for students who:

  • Demonstrate academic achievement
  • Have a financial need (students are required to apply to FAFSA
  • Exhibit personal or community leadership

However, those attributes are not required. To apply, candidates must simply meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age and be a high school senior or graduate, have received GED certification or be a current postsecondary undergraduate student
  • Live within the PG&E service area
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2015-2016 academic year

How do I apply?

The 2015 application period opens on January 5, 2015 and closes on February 9, 2015. Click here to apply >>

2013 Renewable Scholarship Recipients

  • Carlos Corona
    Carlos Corona
    Fresno, CA
    Plans to study criminology at Fresno State.
  • Daniel Hardin
    Daniel Hardin
    San Mateo, CA
    Studying communications at San Francisco State, with plans to go on to law school.
  • Sierra MacLeod
    Sierra MacLeod
    Galt, CA
    Pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at UCLA.
  • Tayo Olukoya
    Tayo Olukoya
    Hayward, CA
    Pursuing a degree in electrical engineering at UC Berkeley.
  • Evy Peng
    Evy Peng
    San Francisco, CA
    Pursuing a degree in social work at UC Berkeley.
  • Emma Phillips
    Emma Phillips
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Pursuing a degree in neuroscience at Brown University.
  • Laura Onate Solis
    Laura Onate Solis
    Clearlake, CA
    Pursuing a pre-medicine degree at UC Davis.
  • Aaron Sproul
    Aaron Sproul
    Bakersfield, CA
    Pursuing a degree in mathematics at Cal State Bakersfield.
  • Christina Taft
    Paradise, CA
    Pursuing a degree in nursing at Chico State
  • Daniel Wong
    Oakdale, CA
    Pursuing a degree in mathematics at UCLA.

Bright Minds of California

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