For Immediate Release: February 2, 2021

SMUD’s Powering Futures college scholarship application now open

SMUD announced today that the application period for its Powering Futures college scholarship and internship program is now open. The program awards up to 21 scholarships of up to $5,000 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, and preference will be given to students who have declared a major relevant to SMUD. Some scholarships may also include a paid internship at SMUD in 2021 or 2022.

The deadline to apply for the scholarships is March 1, 2021. Scholarships are for the 2021/2022 academic year.

“The Powering Futures program is another way we’re supporting access to education in our community,” said SMUD CEO and General Manager Paul Lau. “We’re investing in the next generation because these students will directly contribute to the long-term success of the Sacramento region.”

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

About SMUD

As the nation’s sixth-largest, community-owned, not-for-profit electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for almost 75 years to Sacramento County (and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo Counties). SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD’s energy is about 50 percent non-carbon emitting. For more information, visit