PG&E is looking for students who have given back to their local community or overcome great personal challenges. The reward for sharing their stories could be college scholarships, some worth as much as $30,000.

Three free application workshops will be offered at Cuesta College for the PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship Program. The first two are set for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 at Cuesta’s Paso Robles campus, Room N1015, or its San Luis Obispo campus, Room 3219. The third workshop will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the San Luis Obispo campus in the upstairs open lab of the High Tech Center, Building 3400.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be at least 16 and a high school senior or graduate, have received GED certification or be a current postsecondary undergraduate student
  • Live within the PG&E service area
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2012-2013 academic year

The program targets to award up to 10 scholarships of up to $30,000. All remaining awards will be $2,500 each. Applications are due Feb. 17 and can be found online at

The Feb. 7 workshop at Cuesta’s San Luis Obispo campus will also be the place for high school seniors to receive help with FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and Cal Grant forms. To qualify for a Cal Grant, students must submit the FAFSA and GPA verification form no later than March 2. Those with a 2.0 GPA and above are eligible for up to $12,192 annually.

The deadline for 2012-2013 Cuesta College Scholarship applications is March 2.

For more information and to reserve a spot for the Jan. 31 workshops, call 546-3143 or email

Released Jan. 24, 2012