Duke Energy, South Carolina State University offer $150,000 in scholarships to support nuclear engineering students | Duke Energy

  • Grant will help create and support a diverse pool of talent in the critical technology field.

  • The scholarships build on the company’s efforts to strengthen the relationships and recruitment strategy of historically black colleges and universities.

Greenville, South Carolina – Duke Energy today announced $150,000 scholarships to South Carolina State University that will help create a diverse pool of talent for the 21st century nuclear workforce.

The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded a scholarship to the university that is offering scholarships to 15 nuclear engineering students over a three-year period to increase the number of diverse graduates in the university’s nuclear engineering program.

“We are very proud of our nuclear engineering program, which is the only undergraduate program of its kind in South Carolina,” said Alexander Konyers, interim president of South Carolina State University. “We appreciate Duke Energy, one of the nation’s leading energy providers, for supporting our program and helping create a diverse pool of talent for the 21st century nuclear workforce.

“We work together to ensure reliable, carbon-free and cost-effective nuclear power for generations,” Conyers said.

Strengthening relationships and recruiting strategy for Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) has been a priority for the company’s talent acquisition team since 2018, when Duke Energy was the first company to sign the HBCU Partnership Challenge. Congress created the challenge to increase engagement between companies and HBCUs. At the time, 13 companies signed up, including Intel, Lyft, and Amazon. Now, more than 40 are committed.

“South Carolina State University has a solid reputation as a leader in building the high-quality workforce that our state and nation need today and in the years to come,” said Mike Callahan, President of South Carolina at Duke Energy. “We are excited about the future of the clean energy workforce and what these scientists will achieve.”

Visit https://scsu.edu/about-sc-state/ to learn more about South Carolina State University and its nuclear engineering program.

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The Duke Energy Foundation provides charitable support to meet the needs of the communities in which Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts, and is funded by Duke Energy contributors’ dollars. More information about the Foundation and its Strong Communities Program can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the largest holding companies in America. Its electrical facilities serve 7.9 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and together have 51,000 megawatts of power. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 27,500 people.

Duke Energy is implementing a robust clean energy strategy to create a smarter energy future for its customers and communities – with targets of at least 50% carbon reduction by 2030 and net carbon emissions by 2050. The company is one of the top US renewable energy provider, on track The right to own or buy 16,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2025. The company is also investing in major electrical grid upgrades, expanding battery storage, and exploring zero-emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.

Duke Energy has been named to the Fortune 2021 list of “The World’s Most Admired Companies” and Forbes’ list of “America’s Best Employers”. More information is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains newsletters, fact sheets, photos and videos. Duke Energy Lighting features stories about people, innovations, community themes and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy at Twitterand LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

Media contact: Ryan Moser

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