Dominic Navarro was just trying
to stay awake in his morning AP calculus class at Rocklin High
School, when someone he never expected to see, walked into
the room – his dad. I was so surprised because I saw
him walk in, and I thought why are you here, why is he
walking into my AP stats class. Dominic’s dad is a local news
photographer, who was told he was covering a
PG&E grant to the school. Until he
heard this. Some think I’m here to give a
grant, right, to your school. But in reality I’m here to give a scholarship. And the
scholarship winner is Dominic Navarro. PG&E is awarding
ten Better Together STEM scholarships to high school
and college students pursuing science, technology, engineering
and math degrees. Each award is up to twenty thousand dollars,
for up to five years. As much as one hundred thousand dollars.
I was just sitting in my seat, trembling, waiting for the news
to come to see what’s happening. I was so surprised. I wasn’t able to finish college,
so him going off to college and a great
school, I was almost in tears in there, I had to hold back.
Dominic’s mom said it’s the culmination of her son’s hard
work – carrying a full load of AP classes, community service,
playing sports, and working as a tutor to earn money for college. This is life changing for
our family. PG&E has given him a clear shot
at the American dream. He doesn’t have to worry
about working for ten, twenty hours a week when he’s going
to school. Dominic will study mechanical engineering at UCLA.
He wants a career in research, and wants to invent medical
devices to help older people with mobility issues. I like to
create things. His dad likes to create things too. And says this
story ranks in the top ones in his career. Close to meeting the
President, yes, right up there. Dominic says he’ll remember this
moment, even longer. I’ll take this to the grave. For Currents, I’m Lynsey Paulo.