The application deadline for the Edison Scholars Program is Dec. 16 for high school seniors whose dreams are to power the future and make a difference through the study of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

Applicants must live in the Southern California Edison (SCE) service area and plan to be a full-time undergraduate student majoring in a STEM field. Eligible students also must be high school seniors, have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Students from underserved communities and ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

Dependents of Edison International and SCE employees and retirees are not eligible for the Edison Scholars Program.

To obtain a scholarship application and additional eligibility information, including a list or eligible STEM majors, visit www.edisonscholars.com.

Scholarship recipients will be announced next spring. They may also be eligible for summer internships at SCE after completing their second year of college.

Since 2006, Edison International has awarded an estimated $9.9 million in scholarships to 640 students through the program, which is funded entirely by Edison International shareholders.

Edison International, through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power, as well as a provider of energy services and technologies, including renewable energy. Headquartered in Rosemead, Calif., Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities.