The Independent College Fund of North Carolina, a division of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), has received a $67,500 grant from Duke Energy to provide scholarships to students at 25 private colleges in North Carolina. The scholarships will be designated to students pursuing a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) major with preference given to underrepresented populations.
The grant is part of $2.5 million that Duke Energy is investing throughout the state to enhance educational programs focused STEM, K-3 early childhood literacy and workforce development.
“Now more than ever before, we need to ensure our students are equipped with knowledge and background in science, technology, engineering and math. Duke Energy is proud to support students pursuing degrees in STEM-related fields,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “Our long-standing partnership with North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities continues to help develop a more diverse, highly skilled workforce.”
“Duke Energy demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the education needs and future success of North Carolina’s citizens and our state through their philanthropy,” said A. Hope Williams, president of NCICU. “We are so grateful for the scholarships for students pursuing a STEM major.
The campuses which will receive scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year are Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Brevard College, Campbell University, Catawba College, Chowan University, Gardner-Webb University, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Lees-McRae College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Louisburg College, Mars Hill University, Meredith College, Methodist University, Montreat College, NC Wesleyan College, Pfeiffer University, Queens University of Charlotte, St. Andrews University, Salem College, University of Mount Olive, Warren Wilson College, William Peace University and Wingate University.
Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of communities where its customers live and work. The foundation contributes more than $33 million annually in charitable gifts.
The foundation’s education focus spans kindergarten to career – particularly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – as well as early childhood literacy and workforce development. The foundation also supports environmental projects and community impact initiatives, including arts and culture.
Duke Energy employees and retirees actively contribute to their communities as volunteers and leaders with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is committed to building on its legacy of community service. For more information, visit duke-energy.com/foundation.