High school seniors can now apply for the $40,000 Edison Scholars college scholarships. Edison International is awarding $1.2 million in scholarships to 30 high school seniors to help them follow their dreams in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) and empower them to change the world.
In a surprise announcement, Whitney High School senior Justin Hogenauer receives $40,000 from Edison International to pursue a degree in environmental studies.
By the time Justin Hogenauer was 11 years old, he had already visited all 50 states with his dad, Alan, with whom he shared a passion for traveling, largely in their family car with the license plate “Allofem.”
Thirty seniors will receive a $40,000 scholarship each in their pursuit of a STEM degree.
When Promise Agbo, 17, was 6 years old, her father would often take her outside to look at the stars in the sky.
Ten years later, she accepted an internship at NASA where she was able to work on the Mars Mission. Her idea: a hybrid spacecraft that once deployed would break off into a satellite and land rover. Her idea was so good it was presented to the NASA administration.
“I like to explore something that we never knew about,” said Agbo, who hopes to one day work at NASA as a space flight engineer. “Ideas can come to fruition. If you dream a good idea, it can come true.”
Classmates Michelle Lyu and Athena Chen, of Diamond Bar High School, recently received $40,000 Edison Scholars awards.
Michelle Lyu thought it was a little weird when she ran into her father in the parking lot of Diamond Bar High School on a school day. It all became apparent later when her father and a group of people the high school senior didn’t know came into her yearbook class to present her with a $40,000 college scholarship.
Jennifer Villacis was recently awarded a $40,000 Edison Scholars award that will help pave her way to USC.
Jennifer Villacis remembers the day when students in her sixth-grade class presented their “what-I-want-to-be” projects. When her turn came, Jennifer said she wanted to be an engineer, a dream her Ecuadorian mother had, but was never able to achieve.
“I saw this guy in the corner of the room say, ‘Oh, girls aren’t good in math. They can’t be engineers,’” she recalled. The other boys all laughed.
With the recent news of her $40,000 Edison Scholars award, Irene Tang will soon head to Swarthmore College.
When Irene Tang’s father had a stroke a few years ago, it brought her college plans into focus. She always liked math and science, but her father’s illness, followed by a second stroke, set her on a course to pursue biomedical engineering.
With college admissions just around the corner, 30 Southern California students learn they've earned the coveted scholarship.
For Ruben Santana, it was supposed to be just another day in his Carson High School band class, but this was not just any day. Ruben’s teacher called him to the front of the class and announced he was the recipient of a $40,000 Edison Scholars award to help fund his college education.