David Pulido, 17, senior at Oxnard High School, was especially surprised on Monday , March 25, to learn all the excitement — cameras, lights, new faces — in his math classroom was for him. Southern California Edison representatives greeted him with the news that he had won a $40,000 college scholarship as an Edison Scholar to advance his dream to become an electrical engineer and to improve electrical infrastructure in impoverished communities globally.

“My goal is ultimately to help. STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) is the way of the most amount of impact,” David said.

He was made aware of the scholarship opportunity when other Oxnard High School students won a scholarship last year and decided he would enter, given he was now a high school senior. He said he may pursue his engineering degree at the University of Michigan, though he hasn’t made a solid decision which college is right for him just yet.

Senior Jorge Acevedo of Fillmore High School also learned he received a $40,000 scholarship on Tuesday, March 26. He is a standout track and field and cross country athlete who plans to dedicate his studies in computer science to building technology that helps people maintain and achieve their fitness-related goals. Jennifer Carrillo and Naomi Summers from Oxnard High School were both 2018 Edison Scholars.

To learn more about SCE scholarships, go to edisonscholars.com.