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PG&E’s Black Employees’ Association Awards $100,000 In College Scholarships

Release Date: July 22, 2008
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

To recognize excellence demonstrated through leadership, community service, and academic achievement, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and its Black Employees Association recently presented 45 college-bound students with scholarships.

For the past 27 years, PG&E and the BEA have conducted the scholarship program, providing assistance to thousands of students throughout its service area who are seeking a college education. The scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000.

“The scholarship program is one of the most rewarding and important functions of the Black Employees’ Association,” said Bill Harper Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for PG&E. “It is through the power of partnerships with the communities in which we live and work that we’re able to help deserving students in their pursuit of higher education.”

The 2008 Pacific Gas and Electric Company BEA scholarship recipients are: Christina Abdel, Spenser Alexander, Tabitha Ballard, De’Toine Barfield, Nichole Barry, Michael Block, Kyra Brown, Paula Brown, Olivia Capeloto, Marissa Carlston, Fredrick Carr, Anja Collins, Jaliza Collins, Cuyler Cooper, Jaya Darke, Dorothy Edwards, Hagar Elgendy, Kelli Flanagan, Jeromy Guadagne, Danielle Hale, Dena Hangaard, Langston Hill, Alcenat Honoret, Alexandra Krzyzosiak, Victoria Lau, Erica McClanahan, Jacqueline Mercurio, Geneva Moore, Jasmine Nachtigall, Ashley Newman, Amy Olmos, Jonathan Schmidt, Brittany Shropshire, Jasmine Smith, Zephanii Smith, Gregory Smith, Deminika Spears, Tiffanie Walker, Jannelle Watson, Arielle Williams, Kiara Williams-Jones, Nicole Williams, Arilia Winn, Breanna Wright and Melissa Xiong.

This year’s scholarship recipients are studying business, science, civil engineering, nursing, pre-med, architecture, and criminal justice, among other subjects, and will be attending some of the finest colleges and universities in the country such as Stanford University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Texas Southern, and Oregon State University.

To encourage participation in the scholarship program, BEA conducted outreach to school districts throughout PG&E’s service area. Students interested in applying for the BEA Scholarship Program were directed to PG&E’s web page www.pge.com/scholarships where they were able to select and submit their application based on their area of interest and programs.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation, is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in northern and central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com.

For more information about PG&E’s scholarships visit www.pge.com/scholarships.

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