February 15, 2006

Program aims to benefit promising students with high potential to succeed. 

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Feb. 15, 2006—Edison International, provider of thousands of scholarships to California’s top students over the past 45 years, has established new guidelines for its scholarship program and is placing a renewed emphasis on public high school students with a high potential for academic success.

“In the past, our scholarship program benefited only the highest-achieving students and was completely merit-based,” said Michael U. Alvarez, vice president of strategic planning for Edison International.  “Our goal now is to offer scholarships to a broader group of potential recipients.  Scholarships will be awarded to good public high school students based on their financial need, academic record, and meeting California State University standards for entry-level baccalaureate coursework as defined by the Early Assessment Program test results.”

The four-year, $10,000 scholarships will be awarded in May 2006.  Award recipients will receive $2,500 per year, renewable for up to three years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Students can obtain an application on the Scholarship America® Web site at http://www.sms.scholarshipamerica.org/edison?external , or information at www.edison.com/education.  The scholarship applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 7, 2006. The scholarship selection process will be administered by Scholarship America®, the largest private-sector scholarship and educational support organization in the nation.

Eligible public high school applicants must:

  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 to 3.5;
  • Have met California State University placement standards for entry-level baccalaureate coursework as defined by the Early Assessment Program test results (http://www.calstate.edu/eap?external);
  • Plan to major in any of the following disciplines: math, science, engineering, computer science/information systems, business or economics;
  • Plan to attend a four-year college in or adjacent to Southern California Edison’s (SCE) service territory;
  • Live in or attend a public high school in an area served by SCE; and 
  • Be a citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.

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Based in Rosemead, Calif., Edison International (NYSE: EIX) is the parent company of Southern California Edison, Edison Mission Group.