Edison International Lights Up STEM Education

Edison International’s Community Giving Program exists “to make a difference.” Its support of STEM Education—particularly its access to underserved populations—is at the forefront of this difference-making.

But in order for Edison International to shine a light on you or your program, you must be based in either Southern or Central California. Its giving program covers 15 counties total, in a drop down list you can peruse through the program's Pre-Qualify portal.

Edison International's support of STEM education flows through its Education focus area, which includes K-12 education and higher education. In 2014, this electric company gave away more than $20 million through its philanthropic pursuits, and education got more than half of those dollars.

It's no surprise that this community giving program emphasizes STEM education given Edison’s corporate business. This emphasis flows through support of tutoring and academic enrichment programs at the K-12 level, as well as college readiness and access programs particularly slanted towards students intending to pursue STEM education as they move onward to college.

In all of these areas, Edison International is particularly committed tounderserved populations, which it defines as including women, people with low incomes, “diverse ethnic groups,” people with special needs, and LGBT populations.

Recent STEM education giving made by Edison International includes a $1 million endowment of California State University Los Angeles' new Honors College. This endowment created permanantly established scholarship funding for students entering STEM fields of study.

Edison International also doled out $20,000 to Santa Barbara City College in order for it to beef up its STEM education curriculum.

Another recent grantee is MIND Research Institute (based in Irvine, CA) for its ST Math: Secondary Intervention Program, a math education curriculum for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

Payouts from Edison International primarily come in the form of $5,000 grants to nonprofit, community-based organizations. The $5,000 grants are an open, online process, with two deadlines each calendar year. However, Edison International does state, “Organizations that have demonstrated success in making a difference in our priority areas may be invited to apply for larger grants.” Creating a connection through their $5,000 community grants is a viable and accessible way to start.

If you're an individual student seeks college scholarship support (rather than a nonprofit supporting those students), check out Edison International's Edison Scholars Program, which is focused on students aiming to pursue STEM studies.

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