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Inspiring Future Leaders STEM Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

San Diego Gas & Electric Company has established a scholarship program to assist students who reside within the San Diego Gas & Electric Company’s service territory and plan to continue their education in college while pursuing a STEM-related course of study.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the Inspiring Future Leaders STEM Scholarship Program must:

  • Self-identify as either:
    • Female (all races/ethnicities are eligible) OR
    • Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (all genders are eligible)
  • Be high school seniors or graduates or current college undergraduates
  • Plan to enroll in fulltime undergraduate STEM* (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) area of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Have a permanent address in the Sponsor’s service territories of San Diego County and South Orange County. Service territories in South Orange County include: Dana Point, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Rancho Mission Viejo, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Hills (southern part), Mission Viejo (southern part), Laguna Woods (southern part)**

*Healthcare and educational areas of study at not eligible.

**See full list of eligible ZIP Codes and communities.

Employees and children of employees of Sempra Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Gas Company, and any of their affiliates, are ineligible.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $10,000 award. Up to 10 awards will be granted.

Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance in a full-time course of study.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


All applicants will be notified in June.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of The San Diego Gas & Electric Company. Payment is made in early August.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Financial need will be considered. Recipients must demonstrate financial need.

In addition, assuming there are qualified applicants, preference will be given to students who self-identify as first-generation college students.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of The San Diego Gas & Electric Company play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

    • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.


  • A copy of the first two pages of the most recently filed IRS Form 1040 used for the Financial Information section of the application.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than May 2, 2023 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

Applicants must have a permanent address in the Sponsor’s service territories of San Diego County and South Orange County. Areas may include: Dana Point, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Rancho Mission Viejo, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Hills (southern part), Mission Viejo (southern part), Laguna Woods (southern part).

Eligible communities and zip codes include:

Community ZIP Code(s)
Alpine 91901
Bonita 91902
Boulevard 91905
Campo 91906
Chula Vista 91910, 91911, 91913, 91914, 91915
Descanso 91916
Dulzura 91917
Guatay 91931
Imperial Beach 91932
Jacumba 91934
Jamul 91935
La Mesa 91941, 91942
Lemon Grove 91945
National City 91950
Pine Valley 91962
Potrero 91963
Spring Valley 91977, 91978
Tecate 91980
Bonsall 92003
Borrego Springs 92004
Cardiff By the Sea 92007
Carlsbad 92008, 92009, 92010, 92011
Del Mar 92014
El Cajon 92019, 92020, 92021
Encinitas 92024
Escondido 92025, 92026, 92027, 92029
Fallbrook 92028
Julian 92036
La Jolla 92037, 92091
Lakeside 92040
Community ZIP Code(s)
Oceanside 92054, 92056, 92057, 92058
Camp Pendleton 92055
Pala 92059
Palomar Mountain 92060
Pauma Valley 92061
Poway 92064
Ramona 92065
Ranchita 92066
Rancho Santa Fe 92067
San Marcos 92069, 92096
Santa Ysabel 92070
Santee 92071
Solana Beach 92075
San Marcos 92078
Vista 92081, 92083, 92084
Valley Center 92082
Warner Springs 92086
Rancho Santa Fe 92091
San Diego 92101, 92102, 92103, 92104, 92105, 92106, 92107, 92108, 92109, 92110, 92111, 92113, 92114, 92115, 92116, 92117, 92118, 92119, 92120, 92121, 92122, 92123, 92124, 92126, 92127, 92128, 92129, 92130, 92131, 92134, 92135, 92136, 92139, 92140, 92145, 92147, 92152, 92154, 92155, 92182
Community ZIP Code(s)
San Ysidro 92173
Ocotillo 92173
Thermal 92274
Lake Elsinore 92530
Aguanga 92536
Mountain Center 92561
Murrieta 92561
Temecula 92590, 92592
Capistrano Beach 92624
Dana Point 92629
Laguna Woods 92637
Laguna Beach 92651
Laguna Hills 92653
Aliso Viejo 92656
San Clemente 92672, 92673
San Juan Capistrano 92675
Laguna Niguel 92677
Trabuco Canyon 92679
Rancho Santa Margarita 92688
Mission Viejo 92691, 92692
Ladera Ranch 92694

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