SMUD's "Powering Futures" Scholarships

The value of education and the impact it has on our lives, our families, and our communities is measured by the strength of our community and success of our society.

SMUD is proud to offer Powering Futures, a special program that awards scholarships totaling up to $60,000 each year. As many as 21 local Sacramento students may individually receive up to $4,000 in scholarships.

The V. Mae - Ainley Legacy Scholarship

High School seniors who plan to attend an HBCU can apply for The V. Mae – Ainley Legacy Scholarship. The scholarship is in honor of Vera Mae Randolph, Viola Mae Jefferson, and Ainley Johnson. The three women were God-fearing women who raised children who were able to rise above the statistics and stigmas placed on them by society. The scholarship honors their dedication to the uplifting and empowering those around them. This year, the scholarship is $5,000.00. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2023.

Scholarships for Students

The Sacramento Region Community Foundation are helping local students pursue higher education!

The Foundation manages over 40 scholarship funds, which were established by local individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Our scholarships provide tuition assistance and recognition to local students as they strive to achieve a wide range of goals through the pursuit of higher education. Each scholarship fund has its own unique criteria for selecting recipients, including academic achievement, financial need, educational and career goals, community involvement and ethnic background. Annual scholarship awards range from $500 to $8,000 and may be used for accredited academic and vocational training programs. You can view our scholarships grid detailing criteria for each opportunity. The City is looking for feedback from community members like you to ensure that these programs are distributed in an equitable fashion. Additionally, we are also hoping to learn more about how best to keep you and your neighbors up to date with this campaign. The City would like to invite you or a member of your organization to an upcoming listening session to discuss some of the exciting opportunities this campaign could bring to your community and how best to share this information with as many other community members as possible. The City is hosting two in-person listening sessions, one in both North and South Sacramento, and two virtual listening sessions, in the hopes to provide an option that is convenient to you! You can find out more information about the dates and locations of our listening sessions in the attached flyer or by visiting The City would also like to encourage you to visit to learn more about expanding electric vehicle access in Sacramento or to simply send a message Isaac Gonzalez at to share your feedback or questions.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is proud to offer financial assistance to outstanding students attending one of TMCF’s member-schools that include 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). The award is $10,000 for two (2) students. This application opens September 6, 2022 , and closes August 31,2023 (12:00 noon PM EST)