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SoCalGas Community College and Trades Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

SoCalGas has established a scholarship program to assist current high school seniors and current undergraduates in select Southern California counties who plan to continue their education in college pursuing a STEM, Business Administration, or trades-related field of study at an accredited 2-year college.

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 SoCalGas Community College and Trades Scholarship Program must:

  • Be high school seniors or current college undergraduates
  • Have a permanent address in Southern California (SoCalGas) service territory – Eligible counties (enter your Zip Code below to ensure it is within the service territory):
  • Los Angeles
  • San Bernardino
  • Riverside
  • Kern
  • Tulare
  • Imperial
  • Ventura
  • Orange
  • Santa Barbara
  • Kings
  • Fresno
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate study in a STEM*, Business Administration, or trades-related** field at an accredited 2-year college for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent

*Medical-related fields are not eligible.
**Eligible fields include but are not limited to plumbing, electrical, HVAC, or welding.

SoCalGas or any other Sempra Energy company employees, elected officials and employee’s children/grandchildren, and children of retired employees are not eligible to apply.

Check to see if your Zip Code is eligible:


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $1,000 award. Up to 15 awards will be granted.

Assuming there are qualified applicants, at least 85% of awards will be awarded to underrepresented* students who plan to attend a two-year college, university located in the state of California and at least 50% of awards will be awarded applicants who self-identify as female.

*Students who self-identify as:

  • American Indian
  • Alaskan Native
  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

Awards are not renewable. However, past recipients are eligible to reapply. Recipients are eligible to receive the award a maximum of 2 years or until a degree is earned (whichever occurs first).

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Recipients may be contacted for other opportunities with SoCalGas and will be invited to a recipients’ event in June 2024.

Awards are to be used for education related expenses; tuition, fees, books, supplies/tools and materials.

Recipients may not receive an award from any other SoCalGas scholarship in the same academic year.

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 related to field of study
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation
  • An essay*

*Essay Topic: Address the challenges to meeting California’s net zero climate goals. How can clean gases such as renewable natural gas and hydrogen help achieve those goals? (1,000 characters) To learn more about the topic, visit the SoCalGas website for further information.

Financial need, as calculated by Scholarship America, will be considered and must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of SoCalGas 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.


All applicants will be notified in May.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of SoCalGas. Payment is made in July.

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.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 22, 2024 1:00 pm Pacific Time.

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

SoCalGas has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!

Please make sure to add as well as the program email address provided below in the footer as safe senders in your email contact list.