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By Jeff Pack

Vista Murrieta HS senior awarded $40,000 scholarship by SCE


Last updated 4/6/2019 at 5:40pm

Carlie Lin reacts after Leanne Swanson, principal manager, Metro West: Distribution, Construction and Maintenance for Southern California Edison, announced that she had been named an Edison Scholar in her classroom on Wednesday, March 27. Jeff Pack photos

Vista Murrieta High School senior Carlie Lin was a little more than surprised when school administrators, members of the Murrieta Valley Unified School District school board, city officials and Southern California Edison staff burst into her classroom Wednesday, March 27.

But Lin's surprise soon turned to joy when SCE awarded her an Edison Scholarship worth $40,000 over four years to further her academic pursuit of science, technology, engineering and math fields at a four-year accredited college or university.

"This is honestly such a huge surprise and I'm so thankful that they chose me," Lin said. "Because I really do want to use this for a good cause in advancing women in STEM, and it's very important for women to be role models for other women so they believe that they can do what I'm hoping to do as well."

Lin said she is still undecided as to which university she will be attending in the fall but has some favorites.

Her sister, Crystal, also became an Edison Scholar in 2016 and is currently attending University of California Berkeley. Elsinore High School's Dylan Dickerson won the scholarship in 2017.

In all, 30 students were awarded the scholarship this year, $1.2 million in total scholarship dollars awarded.

To be eligible, applicants must live in SCE's service territory, must be a high school senior, have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need.

Dependents of Edison International and SCE employees and retirees are not eligible for the Edison Scholars Program.

For more about the scholarship program, visit

Lin's parents, Colin and Cambow Lin, were learned that their daughter was awarded the scholarship before Wednesday but didn't let her in on the secret.

"My parents kind of lied to me. They said, 'Oh, I don't know if you can get it because some other girl from Corona got it,'" Carlie Lin said. "But this is honestly such a huge surprise."

MVUSD Superintendent Patrick Kelley was on hand to celebrate the scholarship.

City of Murrieta Mayor Kelly Seyarto congratulates Carlie Lin after she was named an Edison Scholar.

"It's really exciting, it's my understanding that Carlie was selected because she's looking for an applied mathematics major," Kelley said. "And they are wanting to award students that, No. 1, are worthy and have the ability to do it, but she also represents a real interest in closing the gender gap for females who don't enter the science professions. She has a real heart for that, so, it's exciting."

MVUSD board President Paul Diffley was also on hand. Before entering Lin's classroom, he said, "I think it's a huge honor, considering that so few people get this particular award. And it is so meaningful because college is so expensive. It's a thrill to see one of our (students) get it. I know she'll be wonderfully surprised and terribly happy."

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