Project Description

ComEd Create a Spark

ComEd STEM Programs are designed to catalyze social change one student at a time by empowering individuals to reimagine possibilities. Through hands-on learning, mentorship, and professional development, ComEd is shaping the leaders of tomorrow and inspiring them to solve present and future problems. The ComEd Create a Spark Program, in partnership with The NEED Project, seeks to supplement 9th – 12th grade Illinois students ongoing education through a fun project-based STEM lesson utilizing real-world examples and mentored by experienced engineering professionals. Students have the opportunity to work with and be mentored by a ComEd engineer, learn to solve energy and engineering-based problems in a team-oriented environment, and engage with ComEd mentors on discussions of career connections.  The 2022 program is being held virtually.

ComEd Scholars Mentor Program

Each year ComEd selects a group of scholarship winners who become part of the ComEd Scholars Mentor program.  These college students work on engaging engineering challenges with ComEd mentors and create a final project and presentation to share with ComEd leadership.  The sessions allow students to learn more about ComEd, engage with an energy professional working at ComEd and to do some really cool projects too.

ComEd Scholarship


ComEd launched its Future of Energy program and our team at The NEED Project is proud to partner with ComEd and Exelon to expand education and workforce development opportunities to help more women and minorities enter into STEM professions. The Future of Energy scholarship provides Illinois students with scholarship awards ranging from $2,500 to $10,000, which may be used to cover college tuition and related expenses, in addition to the chance to pursue a ComEd internship where students gain direct career experience in the energy industry. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be accepted into an eligible four-year college degree program, have a minimum 2.8 GPA, and submit an application. Priority consideration will be given to people of color and women; Illinois residents enrolled in an Illinois university or college or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country; and those demonstrating financial need.

For more information or to apply for the ComEd Future of Energy STEM scholarship, visit: https://need.force.com/ComEd/s/scholarship-information.
For more information on ComEd’s STEM scholarship opportunities, contact WorkforceDevelopment@ComEd.com

Aris Off-Grid Lighting Program

As part of the Community of the Future Initiative, ComEd partnered with Aris Renewable Energy, Chicago Housing Authority, and Chicago Public Schools to install off-grid, remote powered lighting units in the Bronzeville Community to provide safety in underlit/underserved areas, and to educate the community on renewable generation, energy storage, and grid resiliency. These off-grid, hybrid LED street lights, or RPUs, consist of five key components: a steel pole, an LED lamp, a wind turbine, a solar panel, and an energy storage unit. These off-grid installations provide wonderful teaching opportunities to educate students. NEED is proud to partner with ComEd to provide the curriculum materials for this “powerful” program!

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