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Better Together STEM Scholarship Program
Deadline to apply: March 15, 2024 3:00 pm CT

PG&E Corporation Foundation (the “Foundation”) is awarding scholarships to help further the undergraduate studies of local students interested in being a part of California’s clean energy future.

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 Better Together STEM Scholarship Program must:

  • Be a high school senior or graduate; an individual that has earned their GED; a current college undergraduate; or a non-traditional student.
  • Reside in Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (“PG&E”) service territory, or be a dependent of a resident in PG&E’s service territory. See attached list of counties identified by PG&E.
  • Plan to enroll in full‑time undergraduate study at an accredited four (4) year college or university in California or a Historical Black College or University (HBCU) in the United States for the entire 2024-2025 academic year. The applicant must be pursuing their first undergraduate degree.
  • Be pursuing a degree in one of the following STEM disciplines:
    • Engineering (e.g. electrical, mechanical, industrial, environmental, power and/or energy)
    • Computer Science/Information Systems
    • Cyber Security
    • Environmental Sciences
    • Math
    • Physics

Nontraditional students and veterans who are returning to school or planning to pursue an undergraduate degree for the first time are eligible and encouraged to apply.


The authorized distribution for new awards is $350,000 and will be allocated as follows:

  • Twenty awards of $10,000 ($200,000)
  • Twenty awards of $5,000 ($100,000)
  • Twenty awards of $2,500 ($50,000).

Award amounts will be determined based upon each recipient’s financial need. The highest value awards will be granted to recipients with the highest demonstrated need.

Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. Awards may be received a maximum of five years.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


All applicants will be notified in mid-May.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of the Foundation. Payment is made in August.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic performance
  • 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 need.

Preference will be given to members of underrepresented STEM minority groups (Women, Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native, People with Disabilities.)

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of the Foundation play a part in the selection. 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.
  • A recent PG&E bill. The bill must display the customer’s name and service address.

    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.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 21, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

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

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