Monday, February 01, 2010
South Carolina State University has announced that it is the recipient of a gift of $25,000 from Progress Energy that will support nuclear engineering majors. The check was presented to President George E. Cooper by the vice-president of Progress Energy’s southern region, Melody Birmingham-Byrd.
“Progress Energy is a strong supporter of education,” said Birmingham-Byrd. “Nuclear energy is an important part of our shared future, and we are proud to partner with SC State to encourage the next generation of nuclear engineers.”
This encouragement will be in the form of scholarships for students who aspire to become an integral part of our Nation’s search for efficient and sustained energy sources, and according to President Cooper, this gift will allow SC State to continue preparing students to thrive in a global society.
“With the staunch support of philanthropic organizations such as Progress Energy, SC State will continue to remain at the helm of programs such as nuclear engineering,” stated Cooper. “We want to ensure that our students are afforded the opportunity to become scientists/engineers equipped to meet the increasing global demand for nuclear energy, and thanks to Progress Energy, there are aspiring engineers who will now receive the necessary funding to pursue a career in the field.”
Anthony Holloman, vice president for Institutional Advancement, is equally ecstatic about this generous contribution. “Despite a faltering economy, organizations like Progress Energy continue to show their support. With the only accredited nuclear engineering program in South Carolina, Progress Energy has now given students a chance to excel at a University that has garnered credibility within the state and throughout the Nation,” stated Holloman. “These funds will continue to aid us in recruiting and retaining talented students ready to combat relevant problems regarding nuclear energy.”