For Immediate Release: November 19, 2020

SMUD awards scholarships to student winners of its Charge Up Change video contest

SMUD announced five student winners of its Charge Up Change video competition, which was designed to encourage middle school students to research and learn about electric vehicles. The competition challenged middle school students to create a two-minute video about why electric vehicles are cool. The five winning submissions combined education, creativity and technology.

“We’re proud that the next generation is engaged and interested in learning about the future of clean cars and clean energy,” said SMUD’s Director of Sustainable Communities Jose Bodipo-Memba. “As future leaders, we’ll be in great hands as we transition to a carbon-free future.”

Winners will receive cash awards and a membership to the Sacramento Auto Museum.

1st Place $1,500
Joel Philip, Winston Churchill Middle School, San Juan Unified School District         


2nd Place $1,000
Quinn Gordon, Natomas Charter School, Natomas Unified School District           


3rd Place $800
Garrott Roddy, Kit Carson Middle School, Sacramento City Unified School District                     


4th Place $500
Jacob Wollwerth, James Msechu and Rohan Chivukula, Sutter Middle School, Folsom Cordova Unified School District                             


5th Place $200
Grace Timmons, Folsom Cordova Community Charter School, Folsom Cordova Unified School District            


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 more than 70 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 power mix is about 50 percent non-carbon emitting. For more information, visit