Edison International awarded a $1 million scholarship endowment to the Honors College at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA).
On Tuesday, April 2, the first two scholarships were presented by Edison International Chief Executive Officer Ted Craver and Dr. James Rosser, CSULA president. Scholarship winners were Yulan Lin, 17, of Arcadia, and Francisco Sepulveda, 18, of South Gate.
“At Edison International, we recognize that higher education is a transformative tool,” Craver said. “For people of all cultures, education changes lives. Education empowers communities and fuels the future. I am deeply honored that Edison International is able to play a small but impactful role in the success of Edison Scholars Yulan and Francisco, two bright and driven students.”
Edison’s Support for STEM Education
Edison International places special emphasis on awarding scholarships to underrepresented, underserved students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In 2012, the company gave away $19.2 million in philanthropic support, including $10.8 million to educational programs.
The Edison Scholars endowment will provide a stable base and support for Honors College students in perpetuity. Moreover, Edison International’s leadership gift has already helped the university raise an additional $1 million in gifts and pledges to the Honors College.
Meet Scholarship Winners
Lin, who began college at 13, is a chemistry major in her third year at CSULA. Sepulveda, the first to attend college in his family, is a freshman biology major. Both students belong to CSULA’s Honors College, a competitive interdisciplinary program for students who expect to pursue advanced degrees. With support from Edison International and the Honors College, Lin and Sepulveda will receive Edison Scholars awards for full tuition annually through graduation at CSULA.
Sepulveda, a 2012 graduate of Bell Gardens High School, called the Edison Scholars experience “amazing.” He said prior to receiving the scholarship his single greatest challenge was paying for higher education.
“When I read the email notifying me of the scholarship, it made my entire year,” Sepulveda said.
Edison International’s support of charitable causes is entirely funded by Edison International shareholders. The company’s community donations are part of its commitment to be a leading corporate citizen. Southern California Edison customers’ utility bill payments do not fund company donations.
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