AREVA Donates $10,000 for Local Students To Attend Project Scientist Academy
July 23, 2015
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 23, 2015 – AREVA Inc. recently donated $10,000 to the Project Scientist Academy to help girls from the Charlotte, N.C., area attend a science-based summer camp. The scholarship enables 26 economically disadvantaged girls between the ages of 4 and 12 to participate in a week-long program hosted at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) known as “iCode Week.”
iCode Week is one of five theme weeks for Project Scientist Academy, a summer camp program offered in Charlotte, N.C., and Pasadena, Calif., by Project Scientist, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging girls to consider science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Girls who participate in iCode Week learn about code synthesis, information technology and mobile app development through a variety of presentations and hands-on activities, including a presentation from a “STEM SuperStar” female engineer from AREVA.
“AREVA is proud to partner with Project Scientist to improve access to STEM education among young girls in the Charlotte area,” said Sharon Elliott-Greene, vice president of human resources for AREVA Inc. “More than 80 percent of STEM jobs are in engineering and computer occupations. iCode Week encourages interest in the engineering and computer science fields among girls – two career paths that are critical to ensuring the continued safety and sustainability of the U.S. nuclear fleet.”
iCode Week at UNC Charlotte takes place from July 27 to 31. Recipients of AREVA’s scholarship represent schools throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system, including Collinswood Language Academy; First Ward Elementary; Highland Creek Elementary; J.H. Gunn Elementary; Lebanon Road Elementary; Pineville Elementary; Pleasant Knoll Elementary; Reedy Creek Elementary; and River Oaks Academy. Other scholarship recipients represent Coletrane-Webb STEM Elementary in Cabarrus County; Pleasant Knoll Elementary in Fort Mill, S.C.; and local private schools.
Partnerships with organizations like Project Scientist are part of AREVA’s ongoing commitment to STEM education programs and to the Charlotte area, which is home to approximately 440 AREVA employees and their families. Continuing support for STEM programs in the region is critical to achieving and maintaining economic and energy security in the United States.