Pasadena Water and Power Announces Academic Scholarship and "Water is Life" Art Contest

PASADENA, Calif.—Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) is now accepting submissions for the 2022 Academic Scholarship and the annual “Water is Life” Student Art Contest. As a community-owned utility, PWP takes pride in empowering local youth through educational programs and activities. The goal is to encourage environmental stewardship, resource mindfulness, and community investment through creative exploration.

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PWP is currently accepting essays and applications for the 2022 Academic Scholarship. Each year, PWP honors two outstanding high school seniors in Pasadena with a scholarship to a two- or four-year accredited, post-secondary institution for the upcoming academic year. The first place scholarship is $5,000, and second place is $2,500. To apply, students must write a 300-500 word essay about a topic related to the utility industry. This year’s essay prompt focuses on equitable access to core services like water and power, and the impact that access has on furthering the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Submissions must be received by April 4, 2022. Learn more about the scholarship program.

“Water is Life” Art ContestColorful image featuring girl with long blue hair in forest with fish, deer, and other animals. Image text reads: Help Mother Nature Continue to Give Life...Save Water! Water is Life!
All K-12 students attending school in Pasadena are encouraged to submit artwork for the 2022 "Water is Life” Art Contest sponsored by PWP and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). Each year, participating students submit artwork portraying a water-wise theme, along with a short message about water conservation. Both digital and hand-drawn/painted artwork are welcome! Download the contest guidelines and required poster information card. All entries must be submitted by June 30, 2022.

Both programs are open to students attending private or public school in Pasadena, and students must be residents within PWP service territory to qualify. Learn more about these programs and other PWP educational offerings at

About Pasadena Water and Power
PWP provides electricity to more than 65,000 customers within Pasadena. PWP delivers water to nearly 38,000 customers in Pasadena and adjacent communities in the San Gabriel Valley. As a community-owned utility, PWP is a not-for-profit public service owned and operated by the City of Pasadena for the benefit of its customers and the community. Its priorities are reliability, responsiveness to customers, reasonable rates and environmental stewardship.

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