Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), the new management and operations contractor for the Savannah River Site (SRS), in Aiken, S.C., recently presented a $20,000 check to SC State University to assist with need based scholarships for students.
SRNS assumed its responsibilities for the Site in August 2008. It is committed to safe and efficient operations and restoring and preserving the environmental integrity of the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site.
“Savannah River Nuclear Solutions is providing solutions to help students’ achieve their educational goal,” said Dr. Jackie Epps, interim vice president for Institutional Advancement at SC State. “The current economic crises will place an enormous strain on our student’s ability to meet the cost of tuition and board. These scholarship dollars will provide a safety net to ensure that deserving students have the financial support to achieve their educational goals,” Epps continued.
Although this is the first donation received from SRNS, SC State has received previous donations from the Savannah River Site for student scholarships. Both organizations have also partnered on several initiatives to include SC State’s Savannah River Environmental Sciences Field Station, which provides internships for SC State students and recession proof career training for undergraduate students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Institutions (MIs) and other institutions.
“SC State has a long-standing relationship with our site and we want to expand that partnership,” said Jerry Schneider, SRNS economic diversification manager. “In addition to providing financial assistance to students while in college, we would look forward to seeing SC State graduates on site, particular those in the sciences and engineering (nuclear) fields,” added Schneider. SRNS was formed by Fluor Daniel as the senior partner with Northrup Grumman and Honeywell.
The funds donated from Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, which are available during the spring 2009 school term, will be used to provide scholarship assistance to deserving SC State students.