A highly skilled and educated workforce is vital for a brighter future for our communities. We believe that everyone deserves access to a quality education and opportunities for transformative learning. That’s why we fund programs that:
- Motivate students to be prepared for higher education
- Promote technology-based learning
- Encourage success in the fields of engineering, technology or business
- In 2014, we awarded 105 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and community college graduates, totaling $150,563; and 17 scholarships to SoCalGas® interns, valued at $30,000.
- Established a perpetual scholarship with the Society of Women Engineers in honor of former SoCalGas CEO Anne Shen Smith.
- We sponsored Project Lead the Way’s Information Conference, which attracted more than 500 K-12 teachers, administrators and students. The event was aimed at motivating students to pursue STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) careers.
- Involvement with United Way's Linked Learning — an organization that helps students apply classroom knowledge in real-world situations. As chairman of the Executive Champions Group, SoCalGas President and CEO Dennis Arriola spearheaded efforts to get more businesses involved with the organization.
- We gave $60,250 in grants to The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU) Education Foundation, which helps more than 2,000 students, including veterans, realize their dream of higher education. SoCalGas has supported this organization for more than 30 years.
- We partnered with several organizations, including the Society of Women Engineers, Society of Black Professional Engineers and Society of Hispanic Engineers, to encourage STEAM learning and close the achievement gap in underserved communities.
- Supported the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF), which offers scholarships, support and mentoring to underserved Latino students.
Our Employees and Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement’s (JA) mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. And it’s something that SoCalGas employees eagerly support.
Employee volunteers are actively involved with JA’s Finance Park, which provides students with real-world immersive simulation covering financial literacy, career fairs and fundraisers.
Last year, more than 135 employees took part in such fundraisers as JA’s annual Bowl-A-Thon, raising $4,790. The Sempra Energy Foundation matched this amount for a total of $9,580 donated to the organization.