Fostering Diversity in STEM Fields

Duke Energy’s Advocates for African Americans Carolinas Scholarship Fund has supported more than 100 students since it was created more than 20 years ago to foster diversity in STEM fields. The program, which traditionally has been funded through an annual gala, has been successful since the beginning thanks largely to the passion of Duke Energy employees.

The scholarship fund has also been able to extend its reach and its effectiveness by partnering with Foundation For The Carolinas. The Foundation manages more than 150 scholarship funds established by individuals, families, nonprofits and businesses, investing and managing the principal to pay for scholarship awards with investment gains.

“The scholarship program has become more robust,” said Andrea White Foster, chair of Duke Energy’s Advocates for African Americans employee resource group, which oversees the scholarship. “Working with the Foundation, and handing over the day-to-day activities, has helped us grow exponentially and focus on our mission.”

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