VSU receives million-dollar grant from Dominion Energy to support STEM students

VSU receives million-dollar grant from Dominion Energy to support STEM students
A large portion of the grant, $1.8 million, will be used to endow the VSU “Dominion Energy Science and Engineering Scholarship” which will provide assistance to upper-class students majoring in computer science or computer engineering. (Source: Virginia State University/Facebook)

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Virginia State University (VSU) has received a $2.75 million Dominion Energy grant to support hundreds of STEM students. The students will receive funding for their studies in science, technology, engineering and math thanks to Dominion Energy.

VSU is one of 11 historically black colleges and universities benefitting from Dominion Energy’s six-year “HBCU Promise.” The program will support endowments, capital projects, operating expenses and educational programs in clean energy at HBCUs in Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina.

“Twenty-five percent of African American graduates with STEM degrees come from HBCUs,” VSU President, Dr. Makola M. Abdullah said. “This initiative will make an impactful difference at VSU as we offer our students educational excellence in our transformative STEM programs. We are grateful for Dominion Energy’s nearly 40 years of volunteer and financial support to HBCUs.”

A large portion of the grant, $1.8 million, will be used to endow the VSU “Dominion Energy Science and Engineering Scholarship” which will provide assistance to upper-class students majoring in computer science or computer engineering.

An additional $650,000 will be used to expand the VSU Summer Bridge Program from 15 students currently to 100 students over the next six years.

The summer residential pre-college program will be offered to incoming freshmen interested in STEM majors with the goal of improving their academic performance in mathematics and science, as well as increasing student retention and graduation from VSU’s Computer Science & Engineering programs.

A portion of the grant also will support student research and attendance at professional conferences over the next 6 years.

To learn more, and for students to apply for the grant, click here.

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