Aera Energy and Ventura College Foundation establish endowment to award scholarships to students studying STEM and pursuing energy careers

Aera Energy, a longtime leader in the California energy industry, and the Ventura College Foundation (VCF) are excited to support young adults interested in pursuing future careers in energy, through a new endowment that provides STEM scholarships.

The Aera Energy STEM Scholarship Fund will award annual scholarships to students studying and seeking a degree in STEM disciplines and interested in pursuing a career in the energy sector. The endowment was launched through an initial $25,000 donation from Aera in December. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student every April.

“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 enter the workplace with in-demand skills that businesses are looking for.”

The deadline for application submissions is coming up quickly: Jan. 20, 2023. For more about Ventura College Foundation scholarships go to