LANCASTER – A senior from Quartz Hill High School has won a $40,000 college scholarship from Edison International in his pursuit of a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) degree.
Mustafa Elmahdi is among 30 students from throughout Southern California Edison’s service territory who were chosen for their academic success and demonstrated financial need as part of the $1.2 million Edison Scholars Program.
“Edison International congratulates this year’s outstanding scholars,” stated Pedro Pizarro, president and CEO of Edison International. “Through their pursuit of science, technology, engineering and math, we believe these students will make important contributions to our communities and society. We are proud to support them.”
Elmahdi plans to attend the University of California, Los Angeles, and major in computer science.
“Mustafa’s interest in computers began early when he opened them up and tinkered with the control panel. Growing up in a low income household, Mustafa quickly learned how to be resourceful and worried that he wouldn’t be able to afford college,” according to a news release by Edison International.
Mustafa’s $40,000 scholarship will be paid over years, according to Edison International.
The other 29 scholars include: Jose A La Torre, Newport Harbor H.S., Newport Beach; Collin Adelseck, Arnold O. Beckman H.S., Irvine; Chidinma “Promise” Agbo, Norwalk H.S.; Armani Aguiar, Garfield H.S., Los Angeles; Ana Alba, Da Vinci Science School, Hawthorne; Arlene Aleman, Paramount H.S.; Mike Bao, Troy H.S., Fullerton; Lisa Bi, Hillcrest H.S., Riverside; Juan Carrillo, Channel Islands H.S., Oxnard; Chun Feng Chen, Arroyo H.S., El Monte; Jesus Contreras Magana, Santa Paula H.S.; Evan Corriere, Marina H.S., Huntington Beach; Dylan Dickerson, Elsinore H.S., Wildomar; Ashley Eckert, Desert Hot Springs H.S.; Keslee Green, Hanford H.S.; Yiwen Jiang, Eleanor Roosevelt H.S., Eastvale; Paiam Moghaddam, Woodbridge H.S., Irvine; Alfred Molina, St. John Bosco H.S., Bellflower; Michael Morrissey Hanson, Ventura H.S.; Alex Nguyen, Bolsa Grande H.S., Garden Grove; Christine Nguyen, El Toro H.S., Lake Forest; Yuanzhi Qin, Ayala H.S., Chino Hills; Ashley Quintana, Rancho Cucamonga H.S.; William Ramos, Don Bosco Technical Institute, Rosemead; Maria Rodelo-Sandoval, Granite Hills H.S., Porterville; Mireille Vargas, Santa Paula H.S.; Gissele Vazquez, Oxnard H.S.; Katherine Woo, Tesoro H.S., Rancho Santa Margarita; and Esol Yoon, Whitney H.S., Cerritos.
For more information on this year’s Edison Scholars, visit on.edison.com/2017EdisonScholars.
[Information via news release from Edison International.]
8 comments for "Quartz Hill student wins $40,000 college scholarship from Edison International"
Congrats young man. CSULA is a good school in East Los Angeles but it is in a rough neighborhood just like USC. I would recommend AVC and get those lower level classes, work a part time job, save your money and then transfer to the 4 years’ school. If all possible, DO NOT jump on that money train (student loans). The school is more than willing to help you get them(loans) but it is NOT a good deal for you. Those loans add up quickly and if the economy is not good you are in trouble. Good luck on your journey in life.
Jus sayin' says
Great job, young man! Keep it up, don’t take this accomplishment for granted, work on another Goal!
Congratulations and keep up the great work!
AV Resident says
Congratulations on your achievement and diligence, Mustafa!
Congratulations young man. This gives me hope. Hard work always pays off. Good luck to you in all that you do.
John Howard says
Now go to AVC and save your debt for the graduate degree. CS career pays just as much for an applicant who went to a local Jr. college as it does for the debt ridden UCLA grad.
$65k salary with no debt is a lot better than even a premium ‘google’ X $125k salary with over $100k in student loan debt.
Michelle Egberts says
Congrats Mustafa on your scholarship!!! You’ve paved the road for a successful future. There are many more scholarships out there such as the Bill Gates Foundation… apply, apply, apply and you’ll have no debt upon graduating. Class of 2021!!!