Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) recently awarded college scholarships totaling $2,000 to two Westside-area high school graduates.

The students who received the $1,000 scholarships were Roman Cortes of Animo Venice Charter High School and Melvin Orcino of Culver City High School.

“The scholarships recognize the students for academic achievement and other important signs of character,” said Sharon O’Rourke, public affairs manager at The Gas Company. “We’re awarding scholarships to 153 high school seniors and community college graduates in Southern California this year as a way of partnering with our communities and improving the quality of life for young people with high potential.”

The Gas Company’s Scholarship Program began in 1966 and is designed to meet the needs of young people continuing their education while preparing to enter the highly competitive workforce, a company spokesperson said. Since the program’s creation, nearly $2 million in scholarship funds have been awarded to about 2,000 students.

The Gas Company gives more than $150,000 annually towards scholarship programs throughout Southern California.