FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2018
Duke Energy $40,000 grant enables NC Science Olympiad to increase rural participation
(Raleigh, NC) – North Carolina Science Olympiad is excited to announce its second year partnering with Duke Energy to support North Carolina students passionate about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The $40,000 grant will help level the playing field for rural students and coaches wishing to participate in Science Olympiad tournaments. The grant will provide support for rural tournaments, scholarships for qualifying Science Olympiad teams to attend tournaments, and scholarships for teachers to participate in the NCSO coaches’ clinic.
“This grant helps our new teams and low-income students in rural areas across the state get started and become more competitive,” said Kim Gervase, Executive Director of North Carolina Science Olympiad. “We hope that this helps to break down barriers that exist for teams and teachers with limited resources who are interested in STEM, but need help to get started and organized.”
About North Carolina Science Olympiad
North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to attract and retain the pool of K-12 students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers in North Carolina. Every year NCSO hosts tournaments on university, community college, and public school campuses across the state. In 2018, more than 900 K-12 teams competed with over 18,000 students and 85 counties in North Carolina participating in NCSO activities. Learn more about NCSO at www.sciencenc.com.
“Duke Energy has been a wonderful new partner this year with their sponsorship of the Mecklenburg Elementary Tournament,” said Kim. “We are excited to continue this partnership with our new Rural Participation Project for the 2019 tournament season.”
The Rural Participation Project kicks off in August 2018 when scholarship applications will be available to qualifying candidates.
“We are proud to partner with North Carolina Science Olympiad to expand access to STEM programming for students and educators in rural areas of our state,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “Smart investments in STEM initiatives strengthen the pipeline of highly-skilled workers who will lead us to a smarter energy future in North Carolina.”
About Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where its customers live and work. The foundation provides more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts. The foundation’s education focus spans kindergarten to career, particularly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), early childhood literacy and workforce development. It also supports the environment and community impact initiatives, including arts and culture. Duke Energy employees and retirees actively contribute to their communities as volunteers and leaders at a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Duke Energy is committed to building on its legacy of community service. For more information, visit http://www.duke-energy.com/foundation.