Education initiatives in S.C. boosted by $500,000 in Duke Energy grants

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The Duke Energy Foundation is administering $500,000 in grants to initiatives across the state that emphasize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as programs that increase childhood reading proficiency.

The foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development and community impact. It annually funds more than $25 million to communities throughout Duke Energy’s six-state service area. Last year, the Foundation donated more than $1.7 million to nonprofit organizations throughout South Carolina.

“Supporting effective education programs that focus on fields related to science and technology are a critical focus for our company,” said Clark Gillespy, Duke Energy’s South Carolina president. “These initiatives will help strengthen the pipeline of highly skilled workers that fuel the economic engines that drive South Carolina.”

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