For Immediate Release: December 27, 2017

SMUD recognizes winners of 2017/18 Powering Futures scholarships

SMUD’s Board of Directors recently recognized the 21 college students who have been awarded Powering Futures scholarships for the 2017/18 academic year. All students received scholarships between $1,500 and $3,535 and the opportunity to work at SMUD as a paid intern. 

The awards were based on academic merit and financial need, and preference was given to students who have declared a major relevant to SMUD. 

Most of the students who receive a scholarship also accept paid summer internships in a variety of SMUD departments, including Grid Operations, Customer Operations, Geographical Information Systems, Warehouse and Fleet Operations and others. The internships provide students with excellent opportunities to learn practical skills and help launch themselves into future careers. 

“The Powering Futures scholarship program helps us strengthen our talent pipeline and meet our future workforce needs,” said SMUD Human Resources Director Laurie Rodriguez. “We’re proud to support such an exceptional group of Sacramento students this year, and we look forward to seeing them back in the summer for their internships. They’ll have a great chance to learn about working in the energy industry and gain real-world experience that will help them in all of their future endeavors.” 

The 2018/19 scholarship application period will begin on March 5. For more information, please visit