PEMBROKE — The UNC Pembroke Foundation was recently awarded $25,000 through Duke Energy to support its K-12 STEM outreach program.
The STEM outreach program through the UNC Pembroke Foundation provides education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math through educational fairs, family nights and teacher training sessions. The funds will also provide support to UNCP Mathematics, the Revion IV Science and Engineering Fair and the Pembroke Undergraduate Research Symposium.
“UNC Pembroke has a rich history of excellence in teacher education. We have faculty with expertise and students with enthusiasm for the subject,” said Alison DeCinti, assistant vice chancellor of Advancement. “UNC Pembroke is in a unique position to enhance the educational opportunities for all students across all disciplines. Our continued growth and success would not be possible without the support from companies like Duke Energy. We are so grateful for their support and continued partnership.”
The UNC Pembroke Foundation has been a nonprofit corporation since 1968. The goal of the foundation is to link the community and the professional and business worlds with the academic needs of UNCP. The grant from Duke Energy will help to do that. Duke Energy has sponsored family night this year at schools in Robeson County, including Union Elementary School.
UNC Pembroke was selected along with several other organizations for their piece of $2.7 million in grant funding after submitting a proposal. Regional councils representing diverse groups across Duke Energy evaluated the proposal and discussed the communities needs to determine the recipients.
Other grants were provided similar funding to educational institutions and youth organizations throughout North Carolina.
The grant was announced a day after UNCP signed a partnership deal with N.C. State University to offer engineering courses to UNCP students.
“It is essential that next-generation employees have a strong educational foundation that prepares them for the workforce,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “Our investments in students and STEM initiatives strengthen the pipeline of highly skilled workers that will lead us to an even smarter future in North Carolina.”
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