News Release| Sempra $6,000 grant; Cal State L.A.



Cal State
L.A.’s MESA garners $6,000 Sempra grant

Funding to boost engineering, computer
science students toward graduation

Angeles, CA  --

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Center at
California State University, Los Angeles
will receive a $6,000
grant from Sempra Energy Foundation
to support college-bound
students in becoming future mathematicians, engineers and scientists.

According to Thelma Federico, director of MESA Schools Program (MSP) at
Cal State L.A., “The grant will benefit more than 220 MESA students by
increasing retention and graduation services and programs at Cal State

T. Fox,
director of MESA Engineering Program (MEP), said, “I am extremely
grateful to the Sempra Energy Foundation for this very generous gift.
The funds will be allocated to student academic support, leadership and
professional development, in order that our students will be prepared to
meet the rapidly changing demands of our global workforce.”      

a statewide program that supports educationally-disadvantaged students,
so they can excel in math and science and go on to college to study in
math-based fields. Cal State L.A. is home to two MESA programs:


focuses on students enrolled at Cal State L.A. in two majors:
engineering and computer science. Cal State L.A.’s MEP fosters a
supportive academic environment by providing guidance and counseling in
academics, financial matters, and career placement, among many other
services. Peer interaction is at the core of MEP. Students are clustered
together in courses from the first day of classes, making it possible
for them to build relationships and grow academically with their peers.


is a pre-college program designed to spark interest in math, science,
and engineering among middle and high school students. MESA pre-college
students gain a distinct advantage over other students by participating
in MESA-sponsored activities, such as enrichment programs, career
exploration opportunities, and academic and financial aid advisement.
MSP works with 19 secondary schools in the Los Angeles, San Gabriel,
Montebello, Alhambra, Glendale, and Pasadena School districts. 

State L.A.’s MESA was named as one of the five most innovative public
programs in the nation in 2001, and honored with the Presidential Award
for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in

has long been a supporter of MESA, but this is the largest grant MESA
has received from the company,” said MESA Executive Director Oscar
Porter. “The money will help us increase services to nearly half of our
centers that serve university students.”

Sempra is a worldwide energy company whose California subsidiaries,
Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas and Electric, serve 20
million customers in southern and central California. 

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