IMPERIAL – Sempra Energy Foundation<>, the charitable giving arm of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), recently announced $250,000 in grants to 10 community colleges in California, including $25,000 to Imperial Valley College, to provide scholarship support for students seeking certification or training for “green” jobs.

“The Sempra Energy Foundation is committed to supporting educational programs that will inspire the future leaders of our community,” said Jessie J. Knight, Jr., chairman of the board of directors of the Sempra Energy Foundation and executive vice president of external affairs for Sempra Energy. “The grants will help educate community college students in environmental sustainability and prepare them for careers in green job fields.”

The scholarships will go to students enrolled in educational and training programs in science, technology and engineering to promote new advances in environmental compliance, sustainability planning and alternative energy.

“Sempra Energy Foundation’s generous support to Imperial Valley College’s Foundation will provide vital financial assistance to students in need who are pursuing careers in green technology disciplines,” said Todd Evangelist, executive director of the IVC Foundation. “We appreciate Sempra Energy Foundation’s commitment to California’s future and applaud the noteworthy example it is setting for other companies and organizations”, commented Charlie Hosken the IVC Foundation Board Chair.

The Sempra Energy Foundation’s contribution also will give IVC the opportunity to receive an additional $25,000 in direct-match dollars from the Bernard Osher Foundation as part of a statewide fundraising campaign. This will effectively add $50,000 to the existing endowment fund generating two full scholarships annually in perpetuity for IVC students.

The Sempra Energy Foundation<> is the 501(c)(3) private foundation of Sempra Energy<>, a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2009 revenues of more than $8 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ 13,800 employees serve more than 29 million consumers worldwide. For more information on the Sempra Energy Foundation, visit< target=_blank href=””>>.

The IVC<> Foundation is the official nonprofit foundation of the Imperial Community College District. The Foundation’s mission is to benefit, support, and enhance the mission of Imperial Valley College, the largest higher education system in Imperial County. Incorporated in 1964, the Foundation works with individuals and organizations to manage donations, endowments, scholarships and services that drive excellence in education while investing hundred of thousands of dollars towards IVC each year. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation. For more information, visit


Thank you for your generous gift to our valley but please make sure it goes to legal residents who’s family’s have worked so hard to provide for these students over these tough years. Again…Thank you.