Prabhjot Singh, an Indian American student, is able to go to college thanks in part to being a winner of a PG&E Better Together STEM Scholarship program.
A total of 20 students from Central and Northern California pursuing fields of study in science, technology, engineering and math received the scholarship, with the company investing $400,000 into the students.
Singh; U.C. Berkeley-bound Fremont resident Alankrita Dayal; Mill Valley resident and U.C. Berkeley bound Sona Dolasia; and Foster City resident and Sri Lankan-born Sethmi Kachchakaduge, who will head to U.C. Davis; as well as 16 other students will receive up to $5,000 a year in funds and can renew the scholarship for four years.
Singh, according to a PG&E news release, spent the early years of his childhood working shoulder to shoulder with his family in the lime-green wheat and rice fields of India.
He never dreamed that he would have the opportunity to attend college. Through the scholarship, he will attend UCLA in the fall.
“I felt many emotions when I learned that I had won the PG&E Better Together scholarship. I felt happy, honored, proud, but most of all, I felt relieved— relieved that this scholarship will enable me to fully devote my time and attention to my education in order to attain my academic goals without worrying about my financial strains,” he said in the news release.
PG&E’s scholarship winners were selected from more than 1,000 applicants. They were chosen based on academics and financial need, as well as their ability to overcome adversity and contributions to their communities.