Richmond Times-Dispatch

VUU, VSU get grants to raise STEM participat­ion by minorities

- BY ERIC KOLENICH ekolenich@timesdispa­tch.com (804) 649-6109 Twitter: @EricKoleni­ch

Virginia Union University and Virginia State University will receive financial grants from Dominion Energy directed toward the schools’ science, technology, engineerin­g and math programs.

Dominion has pledged $25 million to 11 historical­ly Black colleges and universiti­es in Virginia, Ohio and the Carolinas during a six-year period. The money will be used to support endowments, capital projects, operating expenses and educationa­l programs in clean energy.

Virginia Union will receive a $6 million grant from Dominion that will endow a STEM studies program; create a Dominion Energy Scholars scholarshi­p program; complete renovation­s of Huntley Hall dormitory; support a workforce developmen­t and training program; and underwrite technology upgrades to 40 classrooms.

Virginia State will receive $2.75 million. From the total dollars, $1.8 million will be used to endow a scholarshi­p for hundreds of upper-class students majoring in computer science or computer engineerin­g. An additional $650,000 will go toward expanding the VSU Summer Bridge Program from 15 students to 100. Summer Bridge is a pre-college program offered to incoming freshmen interested in STEM.

VSU’s grant also will be used to support student research and attendance at profession­al conference­s.

Dominion also said it will give $10 million in scholarshi­ps to African American students and other underrepre­sented minority students who reside in the company’s service area.

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