PG&E Now Accepting Applications For $1 Million Bright Minds Scholarships And Employee Resource Group Scholarships

 PG&E Now Accepting Applications For $1 Million Bright Minds Scholarships And
                     Employee Resource Group Scholarships

PG&E Bright Minds™ Awards Full Scholarships for College, University or
Vocational School

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 24, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Pacific Gas and Electric Company
(PG&E) today announced that it is accepting applications from students to
receive PG&E Bright Minds™ scholarships, as well as scholarships from the
utility's Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).

Through its Bright Minds Scholarship program, PG&E will award up to $1 million
in scholarships to enable high school, community college and "non-traditional"
students to complete their higher education paths. Bright Minds scholarship
winners will receive full-ride scholarships of up to $30,000 per year; program
finalists will receive $2,500 towards their studies. In addition to the
scholarship opportunities available through the PG&E Bright Minds program, the
PG&E Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are also accepting applications for a
wide variety of scholarships.

"PG&E believes that advancing educational opportunities is one of the most
important ways we can give back to the communities where we deliver gas and
electricity," said Ezra Garrett, vice president of community relations and
chief sustainability officer for PG&E. "The Bright Minds Scholarship program
will provide deserving students with the means to advance their learning and
reach their full potential through the power of education."

In 2012, PG&E awarded Bright Minds scholarships of up to $30,000 to 100
students throughout Northern and Central California. Scholarship recipients
included high school seniors, current college students and adults returning to
college. One scholarship recipient from Livermore was a veteran of the
military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Another recipient from Bakersfield
had been homeless at one time prior to turning her life around.

The PG&E Bright Minds scholarships will be awarded based on a combined
demonstration of community leadership, personal triumph, financial need and
academic achievement. Eligible students will be enrolled in a full-time
undergraduate program at an accredited two- or four-year college, university
or vocational-technical school for the duration of the 2013-2014 academic

PG&E's ERG scholarships have provided more than $2.5 million to hundreds of
recipients throughout northern and central California since 1989. In 2012,
ERGs awarded $302,000 in scholarships to 163 deserving students. The awards
set a new record, surpassing the prior year's $289,000 in scholarships.

The deadline to apply for the ERG scholarships is February 1, 2013. More
information can be found on the "Scholarship" link at

The deadline for applying for the PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship is February
28, 2013. For more information and to apply, visit
Scholarship winners will be announced in the spring.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation
(NYSE:PCG), and the PG&E Corporation Foundation strive to power strong
communities throughout Northern and Central California. In 2012 PG&E
contributed over $23 million to charitable organizations, including matching
the generosity of employees who donated more than $6 million and volunteered
41,000 hours to company-supported events. Community investments are funded
entirely by shareholders. For more information, visit

SOURCE Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

Contact: PG&E External Communications, +1-415-973-5930
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