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At the Santa Clara City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 7, Silicon Valley Power awarded $5,000 scholarships to two outstanding students to further their education toward careers in the energy industry. The scholarships were presented by Manual Pineda, Chief Electric Utility Officer of Silicon Valley Power. For the past 17 years, Silicon Valley Power has offered scholarships to students attending college or technical school in pursuit of a career in the power industry. To date, the utility has awarded $257,000 in scholarships, benefiting 55 deserving students from the Santa Clara community.

Osiriz del Rosario Durana is currently an undergraduate student at Mission College pursuing an Associate of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He will attend the University of California, Los Angeles in the fall to continue his studies in mechanical engineering. His hope is to work towards the development of efficient and sustainable power plants that will limit the growing impacts of climate change. Asked about his goals, Osiriz says, “I want to help make this planet as livable and healthy as possible for people.

Surya Christopher Tallavarjula graduated from Wilcox High School and will be pursuing a degree in physics at the University of California, Berkeley. A strong believer in the scientific process, Surya says, “I think about everything in life, not just my science projects, through a scientific lens. Every time I see a claim being made, I think ‘Could this claim be disproven? What evidence is there that could dispute this? With her passion for learning, Surya would like to use her degree to explore reducing energy losses in power transmission, improving battery storage technologies, and advancing battery technology. solar energy.

Silicon Valley Power is committed to investing in the future power industry workforce. On July 7, City Council approved a new scholarship program called the Sustainable Futures Program, which will launch this fall. This program will support Santa Clara University and Mission College students who want to pursue careers in sustainability and clean energy.

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