Cornelia Connelly School senior Colleen Wolfe ’18, was awarded a $40,000 Edison Scholars college scholarship from Southern California Edison. Each year, Edison International awards $40,000 scholarships to 30 high school seniors who want to make a difference in the world by studying science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) in college, and whom SCE calls the “Makers of Tomorrow.” Representatives from SCE surprised Colleen with the news in front of the entire student body during a regularly scheduled weekly assembly on March 19.
Under the guise of a guest speaker who came to speak to the all-girls school about STEM opportunities for women, Nicole Kraus, senior technical specialist at Southern California Edison, spoke to the students about her position at SCE and her educational background. After asking several students who were sitting in the front row where they are planning to attend college, she asked Colleen to come up and join her at the podium to answer questions about her college and her interests. Shortly after, Kraus presented Colleen with a giant-sized $40,000 check from Southern California Edison.
Colleen, who is the student body class president, plans to study mechanical engineering in the hopes that she will contribute to advancing renewable energy. Colleen has not yet decided where she will attend university, but is considering both the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the University of San Diego (USD).