Nogales Senior Nestor Mandujano Named Edison STEM International Scholar


Nestor Mandujano Receives $40,000 Scholarship Award to Pursue STEM Career Field

ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA – APRIL 15, 2021 – Rowland Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Julie Mitchell announced today that Nogales High School Senior Nestor Mandujano is the recipient of the Edison International Scholarship, where he will be awarded a $40,000 scholarship to pursue a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). He is one of 30 local seniors to receive this award, and this is the second consecutive year that Nogales High School has had a winner. All 30 Edison scholars will be celebrated in a virtual reception on May 21, 2021.

“I thought I was on another online interview,” said Mandujano, who lives in La Puente. “Suddenly, the team from Edison surprised me by saying I was the winner. I could not believe it! It is such an incredible honor to have been selected as one of the 2021 Edison Scholars and it will change my life,” said Mandujano.
“The award will provide more financial stability for me because I know where my funding will be coming from. I will also have a community in my fellow Edison Scholars who will also be pursuing STEM degrees and in the representatives of Edison International.”


In addition to this scholarship, Mandujano has received a full-ride scholarship to Harvey Mudd College, where he will attend to study engineering in the Fall. He is an AP student and is very involved on the Nogales High School campus as President of the Environmental Club, active in the Folklorico Club, the National Honors Society and Spanish Honors Society, is a tutor with the Math Club, and has participated in the California Scholarship Federation. He is also a SCS Noonan Scholar and Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project scholar.

 “I want to thank so many of my teachers and counselors who have helped me not only academically, but personally. I appreciate the support I received from my math teacher Mr. Manso, English teachers Mrs. Lawrence and Ms. Corp, Ricardo Ramirez and Mrs. Kim.”

Since 2006, more than $12 million in scholarships have been awarded to 700 high school seniors through the Edison Scholars Program. Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, is one of the largest corporate philanthropic contributors in Southern California. The Edison Scholars Program is funded entirely by Edison International shareholders. SCE customers’ utility bill payments do not fund company donations. Upcoming Seniors are encouraged to apply to be a 2022 Edison Scholar. Applications open October 2021 and more information can be found at ENERGIZED.EDISON.COM.

Nogales High School is part of the Rowland Unified School District and is an International Baccalaureate World School that also offers a unique Career Certification Program for students. It is a four-year comprehensive high school accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Each year graduates receive millions in grants and scholarships and attend top colleges and universities. It is located at 401 S. Nogales Street, La Puente. For more information, call (626)965-3437 or visit or on Twitter @NogalesNobles.

The Rowland Unified School District has garnered numerous state and national awards and is proud of its 19 schools that serve the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry, and West Covina. More than 5,000 adults (18+) are also served by the Rowland Adult and Community Education School. For more information about Rowland Unified, the community can call (626) 965-2541 or download the free Rowland USD Mobile App, follow Rowland schools on Twitter @RowlandSchools #WeAreRUSD, Twitter, or visit

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