SCICU is pleased to announce that the Duke Energy Foundation is funding $30,000 in scholarships for minority engineering students attending SCICU member colleges and universities. Twelve minority engineering students at SCICU institutions located in the Duke Energy service area will each receive $2,500 scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year.
“SCICU is deeply grateful for our longstanding relationship with the Duke Energy Foundation,” said SCICU President and CEO Jeff Perez. “The Duke Energy scholarships are an important part of the financial aid package for minority students majoring in engineering at SCICU colleges and universities.”
The SCICU scholarships are a part of the Duke Energy Foundation’s overall $200,000 investment with 10 organizations this year to help build the South Carolina workforce, with particular emphasis on underserved communities and veterans.
“We have a long history of targeting investments to have the greatest impact for our communities,” said Mike Callahan, South Carolina state president for Duke Energy. “Part of that tradition has been a focus on helping to build a diverse workforce for the Palmetto State. These grants build on that by helping expand access to training opportunities for our nation’s military veterans as well as minority and underserved communities. It is critical to continue that tradition and help strengthen the workforce pipeline needed to fuel the state’s economic engine now and in the years to come.”
These grants are part of Duke Energy’s ongoing commitment to workforce development, which totals $1.6 million over the past five years. As South Carolina continues its clean energy transformation, the Duke Energy Foundation is investing in programs that will build the next generation workforce as well as create access to training and job skills that fit current community needs.
For more details on 2021 Duke Energy Foundation Grant program and its 10 grant recipients, please click here.
About the Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts, and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at duke-energy.com/community/duke-energy-foundation.