November 2, 2022

Latinx STEM Students Receive $50,000 In Scholarships From TELACU And SoCalGas

The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) have announced $50,000 in scholarships for 14 first-generation Latino students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

According to research by the Pew Centre, Hispanic and Latino workers make up 17% of the workforce but only 8% of people working in STEM.

TELACU and SoCalGas’ collaboration couldn’t have come at a better time. The companies have partnered on initiatives to address social inequality and help students navigate the education system over the last three decades. Their work ensures these students do not feel discouraged when breaking into the tech or science industry.

“One of our very first corporate partners, SoCalGas, has generously invested in the empowerment of our communities’ greatest but most vulnerable resource – our youth,” said Dr. David C Lizárraga, chairman and founder of TELACU Education Foundation. 

“The TELACU Education Foundation is tremendously grateful to SoCalGas for investing in the communities it serves with excellence and for its commitment to developing a workforce reflective of these communities.”

Both educational programs will serve first-generation students living in some of LA’s most neglected communities. Additionally, TELACU has a proven track record of helping 99% of its students graduate, with many becoming the first in their families to do so. 

“SoCalGas’ partnership with TELACU highlights our commitment to creating more equitable communities,” said Andy Carrasco, Vice President of Communications at SoCalGas. 

“Access to higher education is a life-changing opportunity for students, their families, and often, their community, while also helping grow the pipeline for more qualified STEM professionals.” 

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Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.