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Published on December 22nd, 2020 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Claflin University Receives Dominion Energy Grant

Claflin Check Presentation – From left-Mr. Marcus Burgess, interim vice president for Institutional Advancement, and Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, president at Claflin University display check from Dominion Energy to support academic, technology, and student development programs.

Students at Claflin University and residents of the greater Orangeburg community will benefit from a $1.5 million grant from Dominion Energy.

Claflin University is one of 11 historically black colleges and universities benefitting from Dominion Energy’s six-year “HBCU Promise.” The program will support endowments, capital projects, operating expenses, and educational programs in clean energy at HBCUs in Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

 “Claflin University is extremely grateful for Dominion Energy’s financial support of South Carolina’s historically black colleges and universities. Their investment will assist us with expanding academic and career opportunities for our visionary scholars,” said Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, president of Claflin University.

“The grant will also provide support for the University’s new student center which will offer educational, recreational, cultural, and social activities that meet the needs of Claflin’s diverse campus population and the Greater Orangeburg community.”

The grant to Claflin University will: 

(1) provide technology to assist with the efficacy of virtual teaching and learning platforms and systems; and  

(2) increase the endowment which will enable Claflin to offer scholarships to attract and retain high-achieving scholars and accomplished educators who are intellectual leaders in their respective fields, in addition to supporting innovative faculty and student research; and 

(3) provide funding for a Center for Student Life, which will enhance the Claflin University experience through programs and services that create intentional student engagement. Residents of the Orangeburg community will also have access to the Center which will contribute to creating external partnerships that benefit the University and neighboring communities. 

“Dominion Energy is committed to helping achieve education equity through our ongoing support of historically black colleges and universities,” said Rodney Blevins, president of Dominion Energy South Carolina. “We recognize the importance of investing long term in these students and their schools, which are an important source of talent that we need to help develop and retain in South Carolina. Dominion Energy is honored to support institutions of higher learning and students who are striving for excellence.” 

Dominion Energy also has committed $10 million in scholarships to assist African-American and other underrepresented minority students who reside in the company’s service area. Students can learn more and apply at DominionEnergy.com/EquityScholarships

About Claflin University 

Founded in 1869, Claflin University is recognized by national publications such as U.S. News and World Report, Forbes.com and Washington Monthly as one of America’s best liberal arts colleges. The University proudly serves the state of South Carolina, the nation, and the world. Its beautiful historic campus is home for approximately 2,100 students from every region of the United States and more than 20 international countries. Claflin students demonstrate extraordinary achievement, distinctive confidence, and a lifelong desire to transform society through visionary leadership. Its academic programs prepare students to compete and succeed in a global and technological society. 

About Dominion Energy
More than 7 million customers in 16 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and to achieving net zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its power generation and gas infrastructure operations by 2050. Please visit DominionEnergy.com to learn more.

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