The Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce (SBCC) was honored (Fri-6/3 as stated by CEO & President Azizza Goins) to host PG&E as they awarded their “Better Together Scholarship” to Oluchukwu (Oluchi) Okwu, a graduate of West Campus here in Sacramento and presently a student at University of California Berkeley. This was a surprise announcement made on Friday, June 3rd at the SBBC office as this most deserving student, Ms. Okwu will receive a scholarship up to $20,000 a year for up to five years to help her complete her undergraduate studies. She’s the first in her family to attend college and had a difficult first year at UC Berkeley. Her father had significant health challenges as she began her college career forcing her to return to Sacramento every weekend (200 miles) to help with caregiving. She’s been active on campus in African American Student Development, Undergrad Public Health Coalition and Black Student Union serving as President and founder. Majoring in biology, her long term goal includes attending medical school in hopes of becoming a pediatrician.
 
Councilmember Jay Schenirer was present and helped PG&E’s Sacramento Division Senior Manager, Jacquelyn Lewis present the award.
 
Since the program’s inception in 2012, the PG&E Better Together Scholarship program has committed nearly $4 million in scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $30,000 to 500 students throughout Northern and Central California. The PG&E Better Together Scholarship program is part of the company’s larger commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. PG&E has a long history of supporting local educational initiatives, providing more than $75 million over the last decade.  
 
For more information about the PG&E Better Together Scholarship program go to: http://www.pge.com/en/about/community/signatureprograms/education/brightminds/index.page

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