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PG&E’s Hispanic Employees Association Awards Over $60,000 in College Scholarships

Release Date: August 11, 2008
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

ployees Association (HEA) recently presented 56 college-bound students with scholarships to recognize excellence demonstrated through leadership, community service, and academic achievement.

For the past 24 years, PG&E and the HEA, with its chapters in the Bay Area, Los Padres, Sacramento, and Fresno, have provided assistance to thousands of students throughout its service area who are seeking a college education. In total, $183,000 has been given in scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500.

This year’s scholarship recipients are studying civil engineering, chemistry, political science, human biology, and pre-med as well as other subjects, and will be attending some of the finest colleges and universities in the country such as Columbia University, Harvard University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and University of San Francisco.

“The annual scholarship program is one of the most rewarding and valuable activities of the Hispanic Employees’ Association,” said Ophelia Basgal, vice president of civic partnerships and community initiatives for PG&E. “Through this program we not only help deserving students pursue a higher education but also contribute to the development of a future skilled workforce that reflects our increasingly diverse customer base.”

To encourage participation in the scholarship program, HEA reaches out to school districts throughout PG&E’s service area. Students interested in applying for the HEA Scholarship Program may visit www.pge.com/scholarships, where they can 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.

The 2008 Pacific Gas and Electric Company HEA scholarship recipients are:

Bay Area:
Aurora Castellanos (Oakland)
Andrea Flores (South San Francisco)
Graciela Torres (Redwood City)
Jeremy Morales (Newark)
Kyesha Thompson (Oakland)
Noemi Villegas (Oakland)
Patricia Fuentes (San Francisco)
Rene Rivera (East Palo Alto)
Rubi Luna (Fremont)
Sonia Sanchez (East Palo Alto)
Torbertha Torbon (Oakland)

Fresno and Bakersfield area:
Agustina Castro (Sanger)
Alejandra Ventura (Fresno)
Beatriz Aguilar (Taft)
Brenda Noriega (Fresno)
Carlos Garcia (Mendota)
Ermila Gallardo (Orange Cove)
Fatema Dossajee (Bakersfield)
Flor Quiros (Fresno)
Hilario Chavez (Fresno)
Irlanda Barrios (Fresno)
Jaime Chavez (Bakersfield)

Jeannette Arevalo (Mendota)
Joanna Diaz (Orange Cove)
Joel Medina (Bakersfield)
Karen Barragan (Fresno)
Mellisa Xiong (Fresno)
Rosalina Murillo (Orange Cove)

Los Padres area:
Alejandra Ceja (Santa Maria)
Ana Sierra (Santa Maria)
Brianna Beaudoin (Aptos)
Daisy Fernandez (Watsonville)
Desiree Bolin (Paso Robles)
Elsa Reyes (Santa Maria)
Gissel Alapizco (Paso Robles)
Isela Vigil (Santa Maria)
Laura MacCarley (Nipomo)
Liliana Cardenas (Guadalupe)
Nicole Garcia (Santa Maria)
Noemi Garcia (Nipomo)
Tayler Enerle (Los Osos)

Sacramento and Stockton area:
Carolina Martinez (Orland)
Cindy Ruvalcaba (Newman)
Cristian Fertino (Santa Rosa)
Gio Rios (Roseville)
Hannah Diaz (Novato)
Jordan Harms (Mill Valley)
Maria Linda Burola (Cloverdale)
Martha Guzman (Fairfield)
Michael Sheehan (Novato)
Megan Spencer (Lodi)
Olivia Capeloto (Garden Valley)
Phylicia Mccord (Sacramento)
Samuel Diaz (Redding)
Sydney Fang (Santa Rosa)

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