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PG & E STEM Scholarship


Program Information


Deadline: February 29, 2016


Pacific Gas and Electric Company and The PG&E Corporation Foundation (collectively, "PG&E") are offering Better Together Scholarships for undergraduate study to students who are PG&E customers.

The program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship Management Services is the largest U.S. designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.

Before beginning the application process and to better understand theBetter Together Scholarships, please read the following guidelines and instructions. Print this information and keep on file for reference of program procedures and important dates.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age and be a high school senior or graduate, have received GED certification or be a current postsecondary undergraduate student.
  • Be a PG&E customer (based on current copy of bill).
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2016-2017 academic year pursuing first postsecondary degree.
  • Must be pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) disciplines.

NOTE: Nontraditional students who are returning to school or planning to pursue a postsecondary education for the first time are eligible and encouraged to apply.

How do I apply?

Only online applications via this website will be accepted. You, the student, are responsible for gathering and submitting all required information. This is a competitive program. Your application is evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all applicable questions as completely as possible. Read and follow the instructions provided for each section of application.

Before registering, you may wish to gather the following information needed to submit your application:

  • Parent or alternate contact's telephone number and email address
  • Student's transcript of grades (or GED record)
  • Work history
  • School and community activities
  • Short statement of student's educational and career objectives
  • Financial information from the most recently submitted tax return

Ready to start?

  • Click on 'Register to Apply' at the bottom of this page.
  • Read and agree to the Online Application Consent, then register with a username and password to create your account.
    Write your username and password down and keep it on file so you can access your application. If you lose this information, you must start over by registering with a new email address, username and password.
  • Correspondence throughout the application process will be by email. Students failing to register with a valid active email account that will accommodate bulk mail may not receive necessary notices or consideration for an award.
  • Use standard capitalization: Jane Smith, not JANE SMITH or jane smith.
  • You may leave the site by clicking Save and Log Out on the left navigation bar. You must enter your username and password to log back into your application.
  • Carefully read the instructions at the top of each application section and formatting tips alongside some fields.
  • Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*). You will be unable to lock and submit your application until all required information is provided.
  • Instructions for completing the Financial Data section of the application are included below.

Top of page.

Ready to submit your application?

  • Review your application carefully.
  • You may make changes to any section until the application is submitted. Be sure to review again after each change.
  • When you are satisfied all information is accurate and complete, print a copy for your records from the Review page. Do not send a printed copy to Scholarship Management Services.
  • Submit the application by following the instructions on the 'Review Application' page.
  • After you lock and submit the application, no changes can be made and you can no longer print a copy. Your account will be closed and you will have no further access to your application data.

The application must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, February 29, 2016.

How are recipients selected and notified?

Selection of recipients is a two-step process.

Scholarship finalists are selected on a competitive basis with consideration of financial need, self-declared academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, and work experience. 

  • Finalists will be selected from all eligible applicants who submit the electronic application.
  • Finalists will be notified by email on or before March 18, 2016. Applicants not selected as finalists will also be notified by email on or before March 18, 2016.
  • This is a competitive program. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as finalists and not all finalists will be selected as recipients. Recipients will be notified in late May.

If you are selected as a finalist you will be required to submit additional documents by a given postmark deadline date.

  • Complete transcript(s) of grades or GED report
  • Copy of the official Standardized Test Score results (high school seniors only)
  • A copy of your current PG&E bill.
  • First two pages of the IRS Form 1040 on which applicant was claimed as a dependent or taxpayer.

The above listed documentation and the applicant's statement of goals and unusual personal or family circumstances will be used by Scholarship Management Services to select potential recipients. Preference in the selection will be given to students who are first in their family to attend a postsecondary institution. The selection process will not be influenced or affected by the actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, or sexual orientation of any applicant.

Recipient information will be referred to a selection committee for approval. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

What are the details of the award and how and when are scholarships paid?

There are awards at two levels.

  • The program targets to award up to 10 scholarships of up to $20,000.
    • Recipients must attend a college, university or vocational technical school within the state of California.
    • Awards are renewable up to four additional years or until a certificate, associate’s degree or bachelor's degree is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance. (NOTE: Students receiving a certificate or associate’s degree who immediately go on to pursue a bachelor’s degree with no interruption in study are eligible to continue to renew their scholarship up to four years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned.)
    • The award amount for each of these recipients will be based on submission of a financial aid award letter and Student Aid Report (SAR). Scholarship Management Services will determine the award amount based on the comprehensive school cost minus other gift aid (scholarships and grants) that each recipient is receiving.
  • All remaining awards will be $2,000 each.
    • The $2,000 awards are not renewable; however, students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. Awards may only be received a maximum of five years.
  • Scholarship Management Services will issue $2,000 awards in one installment on behalf of PG&E.  The check will be issued August 1, 2016.
  • Scholarship Management Services will issue awards in excess of $2,000 in two installments on behalf of PG&E.  The checks will be issued August 1, 2016 and December 15, 2016.
  • Checks are mailed from Scholarship Management Services to each recipient's home address and are made payable to the school for the student.
  • The award may be used to pay for undergraduate education related expenses only.

Recipient Obligations

  • Recipients must complete and submit a signed Scholarship Acceptance Form before funds can be processed.
  • Recipients must notify their school about the award and deliver the scholarship check(s) to the school in a timely manner.
  • Recipients are required to notify Scholarship Management Services of any change in address, school enrollment or other relevant information and to send a complete transcript when requested.

Terms and Conditions

PG&E reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time, including termination of the program.

Questions? Contact us:


Call: 1-507-931-1682


Instructions for Providing Financial Information

The Financial Data section of the application should be completed by the parent(s) if the student applicant is claimed as a dependent. If the applicant is independent, the financial data is to be the student's. Independent is defined as one who is not claimed as a dependent by a parent/guardian for tax purposes. Adjusted gross income and total federal income tax amounts should be from the most recently filed tax return.

State of Residence is the state where the parent/guardian and/or independent applicant resides and pays state income tax.

Adjusted Gross Income can be found on IRS Form 1040 and is gross income reduced by specific adjustments allowed by law.

U.S. Total Federal Tax Paid includes the total amount of federal income tax to be paid as reported on IRS Form 1040. This is not the amount withheld from employee paychecks. (The amount withheld should be adjusted by any refund or additional taxes due.) Do not report state income tax.

Total Income earned should be reported for each parent if applicant is a dependent student or by the applicant (and spouse, if applicable) if applicant is an independent student. If applicant is a dependent child, provide information for both natural parents, when possible. If the applicant resides with only one parent, financial information must be received from the parent who claims the child as a dependent for tax purposes. If a parent has remarried, the spouse's information is required if the spouse is a legal guardian of the student, or claims the student as a dependent, or the student is included in the spouse's benefit plan. If necessary, a separate printed Financial Data Form (PDF) may be submitted by the student in order for one to be completed by each parent.

Untaxed Income and Benefits include any other income or benefits not included in the adjusted gross income figure. Do not include untaxed contributions to retirement plans.

Medical and Dental Expenses include only those expenses not paid by insurance. Do not include premium payments.

Total Cash, Checking, Savings, Cash value of stocks, etc., include liquid assets that can be used for educational expenses. Do not include IRA, 401k or other retirement plan funds.

Total Number of Family Members living in the household and primarily supported by the reported income may include:

  • the applicant
  • the applicant's parents if applicant is a dependent
  • other children living in the household
  • dependent college students living away from home
  • other people who live in the household and receive more than half of their support from the reported income
  • Independent students should only report those individuals who are supported by the reported income.

Marital Status is the current status of the person from whom the financial information is submitted.

Of the total number of family members, number of students attending college includes family members attending a two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school at least half-time. Include the applicant in this number. Do not include parents.

Note: Any exceptions to providing financial information as instructed above must be submitted to Scholarship Management Services in writing.