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Featured, Aera At Work Aug 11, 2023

Endowment supports future energy workers

New Aera Energy STEM Scholarship supports Ventura College students pursuing future careers in energy

Spencer Major, a sophomore at Ventura College, recently became the first recipient of a STEM scholarship provided by Aera Energy and Ventura College Foundation (VCF). The new Aera Energy STEM Scholarship Fund supports young adults interested in pursuing future energy careers.

Spencer Major of Ventura (right), 2023 Aera Energy STEM Scholarship recipient, poses for a picture with Aera External Affairs Advisor Amy Fonzo (left).

Major recently transferred to California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in energy resources.

“Growing up I have always had an interest in learning how things work, and I want to make an impact in the energy sector with my career,” Major said. “I’m particularly interested in contributing to creating a 21st century power network that can run reliably and remain affordable while providing energy for future generations.”

Every year, one student will be awarded a minimum $1,000 scholarship to support their STEM studies, in perpetuity through the fund.

“The future of reliable, safe, and affordable energy for this and future generations of Californians relies, in part, on investment in our future workforce. These students are tomorrow’s engineers, teachers, and geologists. That’s why Aera supports education in the communities where we operate,” said Amy Fonzo, external affairs advisor at Aera-Ventura. “We’re proud to help the VCF support young adults who are pursuing STEM education. These energy workers of the future will help power our state while innovating new technologies to meet the state’s climate goals.”

“The foundation welcomes Aera Energy’s new scholarship endowment,” says Anne Paul King, the foundation’s executive director. “These types of scholarships help our students stay focused on their areas of study and set them on a successful career path. Upon graduation, they will enter the workplace with in-demand skills that businesses are looking for.”

DID YOU KNOW? Aera Energy is named to Forbes America’s Midsize Employers List for the fourth time and is among the top midsize companies to work for in the United States.

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