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SRMC Funds STEM Scholarships for Voorhees University

AIKEN, S.C. – Savannah River Mission Completion (SRMC), the liquid waste contractor at Savannah River Site (SRS), recently presented a $10,000 check to Voorhees University to fund science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) scholarships.

Voorhees, located in Bamberg County near SRS is one of South Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

SRMC President and Program Manager Dave Olson said that he is keenly interested in helping young talented students stay focused on their studies.

“Funding scholarships at Voorhees is another way that SRMC continues to build our partnership,” Olson said. “Their studies should be their top priority, not the financial obligation of paying tuition, and these scholarships make their education more affordable.”

SRMC Multimedia Services Lead Lindsey Kennedy and Tank Farm Senior Industrial Hygienist Rometta Washington-Riden joined Dr. Olson at the university and discussed with the students their background and careers at SRS.

Voorhees University President Dr. Ronnie Hopkins said that SRMC’s donation and campus visit to talk to students will have a long-lasting impact on the University.

“Dr. Olson’s office arranged a face-to-face meeting with me to identify opportunities that foster a beneficial partnership between Voorhees and SRMC,” said Hopkins. “The check presentation was unexpected, but the donation will serve our students well. I look forward to our continued partnership with SRMC.” SRMC comprises parent company BWX Technologies, Inc. with partners Amentum and Fluor. It’s team brings the capabilities necessary to accelerate cleanup at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site through safe nuclear operations, optimized and integrated mission execution, and strong corporate governance.

SRMC presenters Rometta Washington-Riden (L) and Lindsey Kennedy (R) accompany Dr. Olson to Voorhees University where they share their background and SRS work experiences with students.

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at www.voorhees.edu.


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