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Educational Scholarships

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Each year, PWP honors two outstanding high school seniors in Pasadena with a first place $5,000 and another second place $2,500 educational scholarship to a two- or four-year accredited, post-secondary institution for the upcoming academic year. To apply, students must write a minimum 500 word essay about a topic related to the utility industry. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently be a senior at a high school in the City of Pasadena; and able to provide academic transcripts.
  • Applicant must be a resident within the Pasadena Water and Power territory.
  • Applicant must plan to be enrolled as a full time student in a two- or four-year accredited post-secondary institution in the upcoming academic year.

For more information about this program, please call (626) 744-4005 or send an email request.

Scholarship Program

The 2024 Educational Scholarship Program is now open! Applicants must submit a completed application form and a minimum 500-word essay in response to the following essay prompt:

It is difficult to imagine our world today without the technological advancements made possible through the use of electricity. Consider the role electricity plays in your life, community, and the world. What could the future look like as the world continues to become more electrified? Think about the benefits and challenges to electrification. Consider the following prompts:

  • What are the benefits to overall electrification for both the community and the utility? Think about buildings, vehicles, etc.
  • What are some challenges to increased electrification on the utility and the power grid?
  • What are some interesting examples of electrification technology or advancements from around the world?
  • What are some incentives or programs PWP offers regarding electrification and how has the utility addressed the increased demand for electricity?


Click here to download the 2024 Education Scholarship application. Follow the instructions on the application to submit your essay. The deadline to enter is April 5, 2024.

2023 Educational Scholarship Winners - Dario Soatto and Anton Perez

The PWP 2023 Educational Scholarship first-place winner is Dario Soatto, a senior at Polytechnic School. Dario plans to attend Stanford University in the fall studying economics and political science. Click here to read his winning essay.

The PWP 2023 Educational Scholarship second-place winner is Anton Perez. Anton is a senior at Pasadena High School. He plans to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he will double major in mathematics and philosophy. Click here to read his winning essay.