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Silicon Valley Power Sustainable Futures Program

In the summer of 2022, Santa Clara University and Silicon Valley Power, the City of Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility, announced a new five-year Silicon Valley Power (SVP) Sustainable Futures Program to enhance college access through scholarships and support project-based learning for undergraduate students pursuing studies and careers in sustainability fields.

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Silicon Valley Power Sustainable Futures Scholarships  

Each year for five years, Santa Clara University will award four students from underrepresented socioeconomic backgrounds scholarships averaging $15,000 for sustainability-related studies at Santa Clara University. Applicants transferring from Mission College or other community colleges in Santa Clara will be given priority for these scholarships as a way of increasing access to a four-year education for promising community college students.

Meet the Scholars:
Eloisa Duarte, 2023-present
Hope Saena, 2023-present
Mikias Zewudie, 2023-present
Jesus Cruz, 2022-present
Amy Kim, 2022-present
Yajaira Orozco, 2022-present
Uriel Ramirez, 2022-present
William Torborg, 2022-present

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Silicon Valley Power Sustainable Futures Fellowships

Each year for five years, Santa Clara University will award three students fellowships of $5,000 to help fund experiences through the University’s Center for Sustainability. Preference will be given for students who are from underrepresented socioeconomic backgrounds who intend to pursue careers in sustainability or clean energy and who show strong leadership potential and commitment to climate goals such as UN Sustainable Development Goals. Fellows will benefit from:

  • High-Impact Learning Experiences: Students will have the chance to engage in 10 weeks of high-impact projects that provide real-world perspectives and experiences, build critical applied skills and enhance their early career and post-graduate success.
  • Partnership Opportunities: Working with the City of Santa Clara, students will lead research and outreach projects to solve local climate or sustainability-related problems, increasing their understanding and ability to create local solutions and exposing them to green jobs.

Meet the Fellows
Chrislyn Brandon, 2023-24
Emil Chaia, 2023-24
Sarah Walsh, 2023-24
Declan Bernal, 2022-23
Ayla Flanagan, 2022-23 
Connor Grady, 2022-23

In the News

Check out these mentions of the SVP Sustainable Futures Program: