Duke Energy is fueling over $1 million in grants via its own foundation to encourage the development of educational STEM-related programs throughout Florida, the versatile utility company announced recently from its base in St. Petersburg.
Over 100,000 students are expected to gain from the grants, which target areas in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The largest single grant of $252,000 will benefit Pinellas County — including Title I students, a fifth-grade math program, high school-level STEM support and matching funds for teachers’ professional development — with Duke Energy’s grants eligible for matching funds from a statewide foundation.
"Supporting educational initiatives is an integral mission of the Duke Energy Foundation," Alex Glenn, Duke Energy state president for Florida, said. "These grants help advance vital STEM-focused programs in local schools, which in turn prepare our students to become future community leaders."
The Duke Energy Foundation is a community-oriented philanthropic arm of Duke Energy and has contributed over $56 million to Florida charities since 2000. Its support focuses on initiatives in educational, environmental, workforce and community areas. Not only does the foundation contribute financially, but it also donates thousands of hours of community service through its employees, most recently under a program called “Duke Energy in Action.”
"Throughout Florida, teachers will be able to provide the types of hands-on learning opportunities that truly engage students because of Duke Energy's support," Mary Chance, who serves as president for the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, said.
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