Grants fund education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and other innovative programs.
23 non-profit organizations will receive awards.
ST. SAINT PETERSBURG, Florida – Duke Energy is investing $ 653,000 in educational grants to empower students and educators in Florida.
Twenty-three grants from the Duke Energy Foundation will improve education programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.
“Building a bright future starts with providing students with the best education and opportunities to succeed,” said Melissa Seixas, Florida President of Duke Energy. “These grants are an investment in our communities and will strengthen and support those teaching our next generation.”
Recipients this year include the Pinellas Education Foundation, which received $ 180,000 in continuing support for the STEM Academy program. The Academy promotes STEM knowledge and staff skills development for grade 2-12 students through an extended day of study and summer camp offerings. The program is free and open to any student in Pinellas County, targeting under-represented, low-income and diverse students.
“Engaging students in STEM learning at all levels develops strong critical thinking and problem solving skills,” said Stacy Byer, CEO of the Pinellas Education Foundation. “We are grateful to Duke Energy for investing in STEM programs after school, which give students more opportunities to explore and explore the intersections of science, technology, engineering and math.”
Grantees, programs, awards
- Florida Education Foundations Consortium – Professional Development of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion for Local Florida Education Foundations (US $ 45,000).
- Florida Education Foundation – Florida STEAMposium (US $ 45,000).
Greater Tampa Bay Area
- Pinellas Education Foundation – STEM Academy Program ($ 180,000).
- Polk Education Foundation and Business Partnerships – instead of PPE we focus on EEE! (Energy, Engineering and Environmental Research) (US $ 40,000).
- Citrus County Education Foundation Inc. – Fund for Successful Projects ($ 36,000).
- Pasco Education Foundation Inc. – Pasco Energy and Marine Center (US $ 25,000).
- Young Men Association, Christian Association, Citrus County – YMCA Summer Readers Program ($ 4,000).
Greater Orlando area
- Orange County Public Schools Fund, Teacher Grant Program 2021-2022 ($ 50,000).
- Orlando Science Center – Effective STEM Field Research ($ 45,000).
- Seminole County Public Schools Foundation – Empowering STEM Opportunities for Seminole County Students ($ 40,000).
- Futures Inc. – EnviroSTEM 2022 (US $ 30,000).
- Gift for training – Pencil Boys program ($ 10,000).
- Lake County Education Foundation Inc. – Closing the equity gap through engineering (US $ 10,000).
- Sumter Schools Improvement Fund – Sumter’s Vision of Success ($ 6,000).
- Highlands County Education Foundation – Mini STEM Grants for Education in Energy, Engineering, or Environment ($ 5,000).
- Orange County Library System – Bridging the COVID Gap Summer Reading Program ($ 5,000).
Greater Tallahassee / Gainesville District
- Marion County Public Education Foundation – Each cloud has a silver lining ($ 20,000).
- Gulf County Inc. Supercharged STEM: Advanced Drone Design ($ 12,000).
- Madison County Foundation of Excellence for Education – Science and Science (US $ 10,000).
- Levy County Schools Foundation – Bridging the Gap ($ 10,000).
- Alachua County Education Foundation – Take Stock Summer Engineering Camp ($ 9,000).
- Jefferson County Education Foundation – Energy Education for All ($ 8,000).
- Lafayette Penny Foundation Inc. – Science is growing! ($ 8,000).
Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides charitable support to meet the needs of the communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The foundation makes over $ 30 million in charitable donations annually and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. For more information on the Foundation and its Powerful Communities program, visit duke-energy.com/foundation.
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