Project Scientist Receives $20,000 Grant From Duke Energy
Funding provided scholarships for 2017 Expeditions and Summer Academy
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., August 15, 2017 (Newswire.com) - As part of Duke Energy's continuing commitment to Project Scientist, the Duke Energy Foundation has donated $20,000 to provide scholarships for girls with an aptitude, talent and passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects from economically disadvantaged households in the Charlotte area.
"We are so grateful for the continued support from Duke Energy," said Project Scientist Founder Sandy Marshall. "They have been our longest-term partner. This is the fifth year they have sponsored the same five girls who have returned to attend Project Scientist Summer Academy at UNC Charlotte and Johnson & Wales University Charlotte each year with a renewed love of learning for the STEM topics studied each week."
§ The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where their customers live and work. The foundation's education focus spans kindergarten to career, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). By fostering an interest in STEM fields for students, Duke Energy aims to grow the pipeline of skilled workers who bring new thinking and innovation to their communities.
"The thousands of women who put their STEM education to work every day at Duke Energy help us to power the lives of our customers and their communities. That's why we gladly support Project Scientist - they capture the hearts and minds of girls at a young age and instill in them a love of STEM," said Cari Boyce, president of Duke Energy Foundation. "In our eyes, an investment in STEM education is an investment in our future."
About Project Scientist
Founded/established in 2011, the mission of Project Scientist is to educate, coach, and advocate for girls and women with an aptitude, talent, and passion for STEM. Through engagement of top STEM companies, universities, teachers and hands-on curriculum, Project Scientist Summer Academy attendees discover opportunities available to them in STEM. The need for Project Scientist was based off research that shows girls with a high skill, aptitude, and talent for STEM subjects are not currently served or identified at a young age. Founder Sandy Marshall of Laguna Beach, Calif. created Project Scientist to change the world's view of "who" a scientist is and "what" a scientist does. Project Scientist partners with Harvard University and the University of North Carolina Charlotte to research its educational model and to validate the impact that camp programs are having on those who attend.
Source: Project Scientist