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PG&E's Employee Resource Groups Accepting Applications for 2012 College Scholarships

Release Date: January 5, 2012
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced that its Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are accepting applications from aspiring college students for financial assistance through the groups' scholarship funds. The scholarships will provide at least 100 university-bound students up to $3,000 each in aid for exemplary scholastic achievement and community leadership.

All college-bound students living within PG&E's Northern and Central California service area are welcome to apply. In 2011, the utility's employee resource groups awarded $255,500 in scholarships to help 153 students with their college expenses.

"Recognizing and supporting students who are dedicated scholars and community contributors is a privilege for PG&E," said Bill Harper, PG&E's Vice President of Talent Management and Chief Diversity Officer. "Though the recipients come from different locations and have many diverse interests and talents, they all have one thing in common: leadership. It is an honor to help these future leaders reach their higher education goals."

To apply for a scholarship, students need to complete a basic and a supplemental application. Complete scholarship information, including award criteria and applications, are posted on the PG&E scholarship website at www.pge.com/about/community/scholarships/. Completed applications must be postmarked and mailed to PG&E by January 17, 2012.

PG&E's ERGs have traditionally awarded scholarships to deserving students for more than 20 years. The funds are collected from PG&E employee contributions, ERG fundraising events, and from PG&E's corporate charitable giving program.

Diversity and inclusion have long been hallmarks of PG&E's heritage. The utility currently has nine ERGs, which contribute to the personal and professional development of thousands of employees and provide vital opportunities to engage employees in service to diverse communities. They are Pride Network, Women's Network, Samahan, InspirAsian, Black Employee Association, Latino, Access Network, Legacy, and Nu NRG ERG.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), 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/about/newsroom.

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