Edison International to Double Support for UCR Students

20 undergraduates studying science and engineering to receive scholarships

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – The University of California, Riverside has received a $100,000 grant from Edison International to support 20 undergraduates studying in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs. The scholarships, which will be awarded in fall, double Edison’s support for UCR students.

“We are grateful to Edison International for these scholarships and the positive impact they are having on our students. As the demand for engineers and scientists continues to grow, it is vital to support STEM students so they can become the next generation of innovators and problem solvers,” said Reza Abbaschian, dean of UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering.

Officially named the Edison STEM Scholarships at UC Riverside, Edison has been partnering with UCR to help college students achieve their STEM degrees, through scholarships, since 2013.

“At Edison, we fund education because one of our priorities is helping to nurture scholars and STEM professionals of tomorrow. This is where our future workforce will come from,” said Tammy Tumbling director of Philanthropy and Community Investment at Southern California Edison. “For the past three years, Edison International has provided almost $200,000 to UCR in scholarship support. These funds provide scholarships so underserved students can have the opportunity to attend college where otherwise they may not have been able to do so.”

Among the students currently supported is Laura Rivera-Castaneda, a senior in bioengineering in the Bourns College. She said the scholarship was a welcome reward after years of hard work as an English language learner whose talent for math led her to an engineering degree.

“As soon as I saw the bioengineering degree at UCR, I knew it was perfect for me because I could use my strength in math to make a difference in people’s lives. This scholarship will help me pursue my dreams of going to graduate school and pursuing my Ph.D.,” Rivera-Castaneda said.

Another recipient, chemical engineering student James Kwon, said receiving the scholarship has inspired him to become an entrepreneur who “will encourage kids to pursue innovation and creativity through their own personal goals.”

Other recipients this year were Nimit Dave, a bioengineering student; Tung Hsieh a third year mathematics student; Kiichi Kuboshima, a second year mechanical engineering student; Chung-Kuang Lin, a senior in biology; Shunhua Lin, a senior in chemical engineering; Ronson Lui, a second year computer science student; Micaelina Sarmiento Martinez, a senior in environmental sciences; and Tammy Schwinegruber, a senior in chemical engineering.

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