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Empowerment Through Education

For young people, education is a source of power and advancement for the future, and it helps create stronger communities, too.  For many years, we have supported educational programs that help minority, low-income, and underrepresented students achieve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Now, recognizing the clear connection between the arts and development of critical-thinking skills, we support arts education programs, too. 

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About Our Giving

Our scholarships and programs are paid for by shareholders of our parent company, Edison International, and not by utility customers.

Investing in Local Young People

The $1 million Edison Scholars endowment at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) provides scholarships for students in science, technology, engineering and math. Our Edison Scholars program enables underrepresented students attend college, helping to create an enduring, positive impact on local families and communities. CSULA is one of the nation’s most ethnically diverse universities.

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Giving Back

The Edison Scholars endowment provides a stable base and ongoing support for CSULA’s Honors College. Our gift has already helped the university raise an additional $1 million in gifts and pledges to the Honors College.

Last year, we gave $10.8 million in philanthropic support to educational programs. Our support of charitable causes, including scholarships, is funded entirely by shareholders of our parent company, Edison International. Customers of Southern California Edison do not pay for our charitable donations in their utility bills.

Scholarships for Latino Students

We partner with TELACU to help low-income, first-generation Latino college students overcome formidable barriers and achieve academic success.

Supporting Local UNCF Efforts

We partner with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to provide scholarship support to local minority students who otherwise may not attend college.

Encouraging Native American Students

We partner with Walking Shield to help guide young people and their families through the steps toward higher education. The “The Journey to College” program provides college-readiness workshops and college advice.

Scholarships for Asian & Pacific Islander Students

We partner with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) to help low-income students attend college. Nearly 60% of recipients are the first in their families to do so.

Sustainability & Clean Energy Training & Education

Working with partners across the state, we’re helping build a more energy-efficient and energy-aware California. From empowering young students as advocates for smarter energy management in their homes, schools, and communities, to preparing young adults for careers in energy efficiency, our education programs are designed to help meet California’s cleaner-energy goals.

Green Campus (college & university levels)

Now expanded to 16 campuses throughout California from its start in 2004, Green Campus employs approximately 70 student interns each year. As a student-driven energy efficiency workforce education and training program, it helps train the next generation of energy efficiency professionals, and generates actual energy savings.

The Alliance to Save Energy's Green Campus program is funded by California utility customers and administered by us, PG&E, and Sempra Energy under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Developing Energy Efficiency Professionals (community college level)

Through education in energy efficiency and demand side reduction this training program helps prepare community-college students for clean-energy careers. Developing Energy Efficiency Professionals uses classroom learning, projects, and outreach within the campus community to promote the understanding of demand response, resource conservation, and carbon emission reduction. It’s designed to help reduce operational costs at California Community Colleges, too.

Green Schools (K-12)

Starting with our area’s youngest students, the Green Schools program uses integrative, hands-on learning activities to educate students about energy and its link to the environment. Activities promote energy-conservation, encourage green careers, and influence students, teachers, and school staff to become energy educators and efficiency advocates in their schools, homes, and communities. Ultimately it helps their school districts save on energy costs.

PEAK Energy Management (Grades 3-7)

The comprehensive, standards-based PEAK environmental educational program by the Energy Coalition is designed to empower elementary and middle school students with knowledge to manage energy use in their homes, schools, and communities. Through hands-on learning, students are inspired to take action to create a more sustainable world and to educate others about using energy wisely.

Living Wise (Grade 6)

This award-winning program helps build energy-efficiency skills and knowledge for California families by educating sixth graders. Eligible teachers are provided materials including take-home kit of efficiency measures and supplies for each student. A mix of classroom activities and homework assignments guide students to work with their families on home audit and retrofit activities. Living Wise is a collaboration among us, Southern California Gas Company, and water providers.