Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme


Posted in Character & Leadership, Education, Press Releases by megganmccarthy on July 20, 2010

OXNARD, Calif. – Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) has awarded college scholarships totaling $3,000 to three Boys & Girls Club members and employees.
Among the recipients awarded the $1,000 scholarships were: Edlin Marquez, who will attend UC Santa Barbara and Melody Rodriguez who is off to UC Santa Cruz in the fall.
Among the recipients awarded $500 scholarships were: Valerie Valdez of Channel Islands High School and Maricruz Ayala of Pacifica High School.
“The scholarships recognize the students for academic achievement and other important signs of character,” said Michele Pettes, public affairs manager at The Gas Company. The Gas Company is awarding scholarships to 153 high school seniors and community college graduates in Southern California this year, “As a way of partnering with our communities and improving the quality of life for young people with high potential,” said Pettes. “We are grateful to the Gas Company for its continued commitment to the youth of Oxnard and Port Hueneme to help them pursue their educational dreams. We know that the greatest opportunity to defeat poverty and to gain success is through higher education. We are proud of these young people and congratulate them on these well deserved scholarships.” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. One recipient, Edlin Marquez was elated to be selected, “I am looking forward to being the first in my family to go off to college and am thankful to the Gas Company for helping turn my dream into reality.”
The Gas Company’s Scholarship Program began in 1966 and is designed to meet the needs of young people in continuing their education while preparing to enter the highly competitive workforce. Since its creation, nearly $2 million in scholarship funds have been awarded to about 2,000 students. The Gas Company gives more than $150,000 annually towards scholarship programs throughout Southern California.

About the Gas Company

Southern California Gas Co. has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.5 million consumers through 5.7 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. The Gas Company is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE). Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company.

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