Edison International Announces 12 Winners of Inaugural Lineworker Scholarship

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Edison International recently announced 12 winners of the first Lineworker Scholarship to help increase diversity in skilled trades. 

The inaugural scholarship is focused on attracting Black talent in the craft lineworker space. Awardees will attend Los Angeles Trade-Technical College’s six-month program to receive a Powerline Mechanic Certificate (additional classes may be needed for required prerequisites) and another program to obtain their Class A license. Tuition and tools will be covered by the scholarship as well as support services as needed, such as transportation and childcare.  

“We are thrilled to provide this opportunity to 12 outstanding candidates,” said Caroline Choi, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs for Edison International and Southern California Edison. “SCE serves one of the most diverse populations in the country and it’s important our workforce reflects that. I look forward to seeing the amazing things these scholars will accomplish throughout the program.”  

From a pool of over 100 applicants, the 2021 Edison International Lineworker Scholarship recipients are:  

Name City 
Vincent Barney Los Angeles 
Donald Boyd  Los Angeles 
Daniel Gannon-Scales Adelanto 
Djon Greer Rancho Cucamonga 
Omar Harris-Womack Las Vegas 
Ronald Howard Los Angeles 
Jared Jones Riverside 
Daren Lewis Los Angeles 
Zuriel Moreland Riverside 
Michael Smith Fontana 
Anthony Taylor Moreno Valley 
Keith Turner  Gardena 

“A diverse applicant pool and workforce that reflect the communities we serve make for better business,” Choi added. With that in mind, Edison International issued a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report last August committing to a multipronged diversity initiative that included funding a Lineworker Scholarship program. 

As part of this commitment, Edison International developed a four-year, $1-million pilot scholarship program to provide scholarships and additional support totaling up to $25,000 per recipient. 

The next application program will be open in April. Applicants are encouraged to visit edison.com/eixlineworkerscholarship to stay up to date on next year’s eligibility requirements.  

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