Grandma knows best.

It was Clarice Pumerantz’s grandmother, Ingrid Wineberg, who encouraged her to apply for one of Edison International’s $40,000 scholarships after reading about it on her utility bill. 

With only 30 scholarships awarded annually, the then-Claremont High School senior wasn’t too hopeful. But Clarice applied anyway. 

“I didn’t expect much, but my grandmother and my parents told me to give it a try,” she said. “I’m really glad they did.”

Earlier this year, Clarice was named a 2014 Edison Scholar. She was awarded a coveted $40,000 scholarship and currently attends the University of Southern California (USC) where she is studying mechanical engineering.

With schools closed for the holidays, now is the perfect time for high school seniors to apply for a 2015 Edison International scholarship valued at $40,000 and awarded to students planning to study science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) in college next fall.

The scholarships, offered through the $1.2 million Edison Scholars Program, is open to Southern California high school seniors with a 2.8 GPA or above who either live in or attend public or private high school in Southern California Edison’s (SCE) service area. Students from underserved communities and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

The current application period is open through Feb. 1. 

“As an energy company, we recognize the skills needed for our future workforce and to advance our country,” said Tammy Tumbling, SCE director of Philanthropy and Community Investment. “We place special emphasis on awarding scholarships to underrepresented students pursuing careers in STEM because our philosophy of giving is that all people should have opportunities to do well.” 

Edison International, the parent company of SCE, has awarded nearly $4 million in scholarships to more than 400 Edison Scholars since 2006. Its support of charitable causes is funded entirely by Edison International shareholders, not SCE customers. Dependents of Edison International employees are not eligible for the Edison Scholars Program. 

Scholarship recipients will be announced next April and recipients may be eligible for summer internships at SCE after completing their second year of college.  

To apply and to get additional eligibility information, students can visit: To learn more: