Edison International has awarded $25,000 to the Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) to support the college-access and academic-skills building program for 10th-12th graders from ethnically diverse, low-income backgrounds, living in the Inland Valley and greater Los Angeles areas.
PAYS prepares and supports 90 high-achieving, rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors for admission to and success in college through three consecutive years of intensive four-week residential summer programs held on the Pomona College campus and year-round mentoring, with an emphasis on critical thinking and mathematics. Additionally, PAYS offers college advising, an SAT prep program, bilingual financial aid workshops and application assistance.
"Edison International is pleased to support the Pomona College Academy for Youth Success," said Tammy Tumbling, director of philanthropy and community investment. "At Edison International, we recognize that higher education is a transformative tool. For people of all cultures, education changes lives, empowers communities and fuels the future. Since 2009, Edison International has given more than $34 million to education programs that help underserved, underrepresented students excel."
More than 90 percent of PAYS students are socioeconomically disadvantaged and 82 percent of the students' parents or guardians do not have a college education. Since its founding 10 years ago, 100 percent of PAYS alumni have been admitted to selective four-year colleges and universities, including the Claremont Colleges, Harvard University, Stanford University, Amherst College and Williams College. In total, PAYS alumni garner close to $500,000 in grants and scholarships during their first year in college.
PAYS is administered by Pomona College's Draper Center for Community Partnerships, whose mission is to foster mutually beneficial exchanges among community members, students, faculty and staff in order to support educational outreach initiatives, community-based research and learning, and other community engagement activities.
Maria Tucker, director of the Draper Center, says the Edison grant will enable 15 students to participate in PAYS 2013. "Through this $25,000 grant, Edison is funding life-changing experiences that lead to college access for highly motivated and talented youth who have historically been left out of the college admissions process," Tucker says.
Edison International aims to foster educational partnerships that support students' academic success in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) to build a foundation for student empowerment and innovation.
Edison International (NYSE:EIX), through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power and an investor in infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy. Headquartered in Rosemead, Calif., Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE).
Edison International's support of charitable causes is funded entirely by Edison International shareholders. The company's community donations are part of its commitment as a leading corporate citizen. SCE customers' utility bill payments do not fund company donations.