Kelton Hardrict Jr., a senior at Whitney High School in Cerritos, was recently surprised during an assembly with a $40,000 college scholarship in becoming a 2016 Edison Scholar. Hardrict, who plan to study mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is one of 30 high school seniors to be named 2016 Edison Scholars in their pursuit of college studies in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, awards the 30 scholarships annually. Edison International has awarded more than $5.3 million in scholarships to 520 students since 2006.
Kelton Hardrict Jr., with his parents, Kelton and Grace, basks in his $40,000 Edison Scholars award.
Kelton Hardrict Jr. gets a little help from his Whitney High School friends and classmates in showing off his $40,000 Edison Scholars award. Hardrict plans to pursue his passion for engineering by using his award to earn a mechanical engineering degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.