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Annual Scholarships for Students Pursuing Careers in the Energy Industry

Post Date:08/23/2017 8:00 AM

SANTA CLARA, Calif.– Silicon Valley Power (SVP) announced the recipients of its annual scholarship awards program. Three students were awarded $5,000 scholarships, marking the twelfth year of Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility recognition of outstanding students pursuing careers in energy services, electric utilities and other fields associated with the power industry.

The 2017 winners are:

  • Christine Yee, chemistry student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Yee, a Wilcox High School graduate, believes that development of more effective biofuels to meet future energy needs is an answer to global warming. “Through my knowledge of chemistry, I will be able to popularize biofuel as the best source of energy for the future,” said Yee.

  • Tiffany Madruga, second-year engineering student at Harvey Mudd College. In high school, Madruga, a Santa Clara resident, was a member of the robotics team where she mentored students during summer science camp. “At camp, I learned more about my interest in engineering to make the Earth more sustainable, and I cultivated an interest in solar power while learning about various types of fuel and energy,” said Madruga.

  • Tamara Pantic, international relations and political science student at the University of California, Berkeley. “I believe I can make an impact through initiatives to increase funding for clean energy research, focusing on lowering the cost of renewable energy and finding a solution for climate change,” said Pantic, a Santa Clara High School graduate.

On July 11, 2017, the three awardees were honored at the City of Santa Clara City Council meeting. Since 2006, SVP has distributed 36 college scholarships and six technical school grants totaling $192,000.

“Encouraging and supporting top students in their pursuit of careers associated with energy and utilities is critical to our future,” said John Roukema, director of SVP. “Our industry needs a new generation of professionals including scientists, engineers, technicians, electric utility field workers, and policymakers dedicated to working for the good of the community. It’s especially reassuring to learn of the overriding concern about climate change shared by this year’s winners.”

Starting September 15, 2017, SVP will be accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Visit for more information and to apply. Recipients are selected through an independent evaluation process staffed by community volunteers from the local educational and business community.


Larry Owens, Silicon Valley Power
Tel: 408.615.6644
Email: lowens(at)


About Silicon Valley Power

Silicon Valley Power (SVP) is the trademark adopted for use by the not-for-profit electric municipal utility of Santa Clara, CA serving residents and businesses for over 120 years. SVP provides power to nearly 55,000 customers, including Intel, Oracle, Levi’s Stadium, Owens Corning, Marvel Semiconductor and NVIDIA at rates 22 to 48 percent below neighboring communities. 

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