For Immediate Release: February 3, 2022

SMUD Powering Futures college scholarship application period now open

The application period for SMUD’s 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 parent or 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 a career at SMUD. Some scholarships may also include a paid internship at SMUD in 2022 or 2023.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is March 1, 2022. Scholarships are for the 2022/2023 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.”

Powering Futures was established in 2016 and has awarded scholarships to 126 students totaling $360,000. SMUD awards up to $60,000 a year to qualified applicants.

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