In an effort to increase Black representation in its workforce and the tech industry beyond it, Edison International (EI), a Los Angeles County-based utility company, has developed a four-year, $1 million program to provide scholarships of up to $25,000 to eligible students.
The scholarship program initially focuses on Black men and women in California, but military veterans are also encouraged to apply, according to the company.
“We believe a diverse applicant pool and workforce that reflects the communities we serve to make for better business,” said representatives of the company, which also invests in energy services and technologies, in a statement.
Edison International provides renewable energy and distributes electric power through its main holding company Southern California Edison.
The annual scholarship will include tuition and targeted support services while students are enrolled at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College for the Powerline Mechanic Certificate and Class A license programs.
Eligible applicants must enroll at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College for the Fall 2021 semester, enroll in the Powerline Mechanic Certificate program, and have a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) equivalent.
Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States, possess a valid driver’s license, and be eligible to obtain a Class A license.
Applications must be submitted by May 17.
The scholarship will cover tuition and needed tools. It will also provide support services, such as transportation and childcare, through an agreement with Brotherhood Crusade, a charitable nonprofit.
According to Edison, the program’s graduates may qualify for a job at Southern California Edison (SCE), and those who pass new employee assessments will be eligible to start as “groundsmen,” employees who maintain and service equipment and facilities.
Program administrators say the scholarship is being offered in partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 47, which also distributes funding for the program.
For more information, visit www.edison.com/home/edison-international-lineworker-scholarship.html