SVP Invests in Future Energy Workforce, Awards College Scholarships and Technical School Grants to Outstanding Santa Clara Students
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - August 15, 2013 – Five outstanding Santa Clara students heading for promising careers related to electric power and energy resources have been awarded scholarships by Silicon Valley Power, the City of Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility. Kristin Oswald, Kawal Preet, and Lincoln Tran each received $5,000 scholarships, and Christopher Blancett and Brian Shields received $2,000 technical school grants. The scholarships and grants are provided by the SVP Scholarship Award Program.
Kristin Oswald will study Managerial Economics and focus on issues related to energy services, resources and environmental impacts when she attends the University of California-Davis in the fall. Kristin, a Wilcox High School graduate, enjoys track, singing and theater, and volunteers for multiple community programs such as the Santa Clara Youth Commission and Second Harvest Food Bank.
Accelerated courses in Statistics and Calculus at Wilcox High helped prepare Kawal Preet for her pursuit of dual degrees in Business and Accounting at Santa Clara University. Kawal plans a career overseeing programs that promote efficiency products and cost-effective energy use. She says she is a “huge” sports fan, and spends spare time working with community activities such as Steps for Success and her high school’s Interact Club.
Lincoln Tran found Physics and a course on small engines inspiring at Wilcox High, and will study Civil Engineering at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo this fall. He is interested in the modern power grid and hopes to work to bring down the cost of clean energy. Lincoln has volunteered at the Tech Museum, and is interested in politics and current events.
Christopher Blancett received a Technical Grant to support his studies related to solar power as he prepares for a career in the electrical trade. Christopher’s father helped him learn to appreciate electrical energy and its applications in the home, and his classes at the Institute of Business and Technology (IBT) fostered his interest in energy resources such as solar, wind and natural gas.
Brian Shields has a background in construction and is hoping to leverage that expertise with an understanding of electricity theory gained through courses at IBT. Brian is working in the electrical field while taking night classes.
Since 2007, the SVP Scholarship Award Program has provided 26 college scholarships and six technical grants worth a total of $142,000 to outstanding Santa Clara students heading for careers in the energy industry.
About Silicon Valley Power
Silicon Valley Power is the trademark adopted for use by the not-for-profit electric municipal utility of Santa Clara, CA serving residents and businesses for over 100 years. SVP provides power to more than 50,000 customers, including Applied Materials, Intel, Owens Corning and Yahoo!, at rates 15 to 45 percent below neighboring communities.