The University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing has received a $10,000 grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Energy.
The grant will fund Partners for Minorities in Engineering and Computer Science, annual technical workshops held each summer on the university campus. Nearly 150 female, minority and underrepresented students from high schools across the state participate in two week-long STEM-focused programs aimed at preparing the students for college, developing their communication skills and enhancing their technical skills.
“We are thrilled and thankful to have such a strong commitment from one of our industry partners, Dominion Energy,” Joseph Neary, senior director of development for the College of Engineering and Computing, said. “Their support for our PMECS program will afford us the opportunity to expand our program and strengthen our ability to educate the state's citizens through teaching, research, creative activity and community engagement.”
The grant will allow the program to eliminate registration fees as well as provide equipment, supplies and instructional materials.
“Dominion Energy and the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation are pleased to support Partners for Minorities in Engineering and Computer Science as the USC School of Engineering celebrates the 40th year of the program,” said Wayne Vermullen, director of gas operations for Dominion Energy Carolina Gas and member of the USC College of Engineering and Computing Partnership Board, said in a news release.
Dominion Energy supplies electricity to parts of Virginia and North Carolina as well as natural gas to parts of West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and eastern North Carolina. It is one of three companies S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster has approached as a possible buyer of state-owned utility Santee Cooper, saddled with millions of dollars in debt from the abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear reactor project.