Edison Scholars Program

Program Information

The Edison Scholars Program rewards public and private high school seniors who show potential for a successful college career and have financial need. The program supports the study of math, physics, chemistry, engineering, materials science, computer science or information systems with renewable scholarships at four-year colleges. The scholarship is part of Edison’s longstanding tradition of investing in the future by making the dream of a college education a reality for deserving students.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship Management Services is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a high school senior with a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent.
  • Live in or attend a public or private high school in areas serviced by Southern California Edison (SCE) or attend an eligible high school in the designated area surrounding SCE’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Consult the lists of eligible high schools below.
  • Plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study in one of the following disciplines for the entire upcoming academic year: math, physics, chemistry, engineering (electrical, computer, chemical or mechanical), materials science, computer science/information systems.

NOTE: Health sciences such as nursing or pre-medicine are not eligible.

  • Be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Prove financial need.

Preference will be given to students who are first-generation college students and those who have overcome significant obstacles and challenges.

Dependents of Edison International employees or retirees are not eligible for the Edison Scholars Program.

What are the details of the award?

  • Up to thirty (30) awards of $10,000 will be granted.
  • Awards are renewable for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and continued full-time enrollment in one of the designated fields of study at a four-year college and continuation of the program by Edison International.
  • Awards are for undergraduate study only.

How do I apply?

Only online applications will be accepted.

  • Click Register to Apply link at the bottom of this page.
  • You will need to read and agree to an Online Application Consent.
  • Register with a username, password and email account which will accommodate bulk mail to create your account. Write this information down and keep it on file for use in accessing your application. If this information is lost or forgotten you will have to start over, registering with a different email address, user name and password.
  • Read all instructions carefully.
  • Use standard capitalization – Jane Smith, not JANE SMITH or jane smith.
  • You may leave the site by clicking on the Save and Log out tab located on the left navigation bar.
  • You may return to the application by entering your username and password exactly as you created them.
  • Required fields are marked with an * asterisk. You will be unable to submit your application until all required fields are completed.

Before registering, you may wish to gather the following needed information:

  • Your current cumulative grade point average.
  • Your college test scores (ACT, SAT), and cumulative rank in class, if available.
  • Paid work experience information.
  • A list of activities, awards and honors.
  • A statement of career and educational goals and objectives.
  • A statement of any challenging family or personal circumstances which have affected your achievement in school, work experience, or your participation in school and community activities.
  • Your family's financial information. A copy of your parents' most recent tax form filed with the IRS may be helpful.

Ready to submit your online application?

  • Review your application data on the Review Application page. Pay close attention to information in all sections and make any necessary changes.
  • Print a copy from the Review page, but do NOT mail the printed copy. Keep it for your personal record of information submitted.
  • After you have verified all information is complete and correct, click the Lock and Submit Application button. The Lock and Submit button is available only after all fields are in the proper format and all required fields have been completed.
  • Once submitted you will have no further access to the application and changes cannot be made.

The application must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. on January 10, 2013.

  • Applicants will receive an emailed confirmation when the electronic application is successfully submitted.
  • Late submissions, incomplete applications, or those with unreadable supporting documents will not be considered.
  • Your application is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship Management Services.

Note: Transcripts will not be accepted at this time.

How are recipients selected?

Recipients will be selected by Scholarship Management Services on the basis of academic record, financial need, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, challenging personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Preference will be given to students who are in the first generation in their family to attend college and students who have overcome significant obstacles and challenges.

How are applicants notified?

All applicants will be notified of their status by email in February. If selected as a finalist you will be instructed and required to submit additional information including a transcript of grades, Applicant Appraisal/Academic Record Form, and parent(s) IRS FORM 1040, pages 1 and 2. Finalists failing to mail the required documents to Scholarship Management Services and students whose application information is not substantiated will not be considered.

This is a competitive program. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as finalists and not all finalists will be selected as recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Recipients are notified by postmail in April.

How and when are scholarships paid?

  • Payment on behalf of Edison International is made in equal installments on August 15 and December 30.
  • Checks are mailed to each recipient's home address and are made payable to the school for the student.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to submit the check to their school.


If selected to receive an award, recipients must complete and submit a signed Scholarship Acceptance Form before funds can be processed. Recipients are also required to notify Scholarship Management Services of any changes in address, school enrollment, or other relevant information and to send a complete transcript when requested. Acceptance of the scholarship constitutes permission for Edison International to use recipients' names, biographical information, and pictures for publicity purposes.

Edison International reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time, including termination of the program.

Questions? Contact us:


Phone: 1-800-537-4180 or 1-507-931-1682 and refer to the Edison Scholars Program

Mailing Address:

Edison Scholars Program
Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082