Augusta Free Press

Dominion awards $1 million for programs exploring energy, environment

From wetland restoration to green roof technology, this year’s Dominion educational grants will engage students of all ages in a variety of outstanding energy- and environmental-focused science, math and technology programs. Some of the higher education grants also support workforce training programs.

For the 2016-17 academic year, schools and educational institutions in 11 states will share grants totaling $1 million from the Dominion Foundation.

“This year’s grants will support a variety of innovative programs encouraging young people to learn the essential skills needed to tackle real-world issues,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation. “They will help students gain knowledge and experience with technologies that are leading the way to a greener energy future.”

Dominion’s K-12 Education Partnership will give 66 K-12 schools and educational organizations grants that support the study of energy and the environment. The Higher Education Partnership will award 30 college and post-secondary schools up to $50,000 each to fund projects in energy, environmental studies, engineering and workforce development.

A few of this year’s higher education grant recipients include:

Four hundred grant applications were considered. Recipient schools and educational organizations are located in Connecticut, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.