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Duke Energy gives $150K of nuclear scholarships to SC State

Orangeburg, South Carolina (WCSC/AP) – Duke Energy has historically offered Black University of South Carolina $150,000 scholarships to help train and educate new nuclear engineers.

Duke Energy said in a press release that the funds will provide 15 nuclear engineering students over three years to increase the number of diverse graduates in South Carolina State University’s nuclear engineering program.

The university says it is the only undergraduate scholarship of its kind in the state.

“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.

Conyers said they are working to ensure “reliable, carbon-free and cost-effective nuclear power for generations.”

The tool says the money from Duke Energy is intended to strengthen the facility’s relationships with historically black colleges and universities and bring more diverse talent to the company.

“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 State University. “We are excited about the future of the clean energy workforce and what these scientists will achieve.”

Copyright 2021 WCSC. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

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