For Immediate Release: February 1, 2024

SMUD Powering Futures college scholarship application period now open

SMUD announced today that the application period for its Powering Futures college scholarship program is now open. The program awards up to 21 scholarships of up to $4,000 each to undergraduate students who are enrolled or plan to enroll in an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Students must live in SMUD’s service area or have a legal guardian who is a SMUD customer.

The awards are based on academic merit and financial need. Preference will be given to students who have declared a major relevant to a career at SMUD. Some scholarships may also include a paid internship at SMUD for eligible students.

“The Powering Futures program is a catalyst for broader educational access and high-paying job opportunities within our communities,” said Paul Lau, SMUD CEO and General Manager. "We invest in the future generation because these students will drive the future success and vitality of the Sacramento region and our transition to an equitable clean energy future.

The deadline to apply for the scholarships is March 1, 2024. Scholarships are for the 2024/2025 academic year.

For more information about the SMUD’s Powering Futures college scholarship program, visit