WAGRAM — A Wagram native was awarded the Duke Energy scholarship from North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.
Kayla Driggers, daughter of Shawn Caulder and Jeff Driggers, both of Wagram, received the scholarship Wednesday. She is a freshman at St. Andrews University majoring in Middle Grades Education. She was selected to receive $3,500 for the 2015-2016 academic year through the Duke Energy Foundation Scholarship.
There are 30 scholarships accredited to college or university students each year for up to $5,000 per year.
The Duke Energy Foundation contributed $80,500 in scholarship aid this year through the Independent College Fund of North Carolina, which is a division of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.
“Now more than ever before, we need to ensure our students are equipped with knowledge and background in science, technology, engineering and math. Duke Energy is proud to support students pursuing degrees in STEM-related fields,” said David Fountain, president of Duke Energy North Carolina. “Our long-standing partnership with North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities continues to help strengthen the state’s education-to-workforce pipeline.”
A. Hope Williams, president of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, thanked Duke Energy on behalf of the Independent College Fund of North Carolina and the students attending private colleges and universities in North Carolina.
“Duke Energy’s support of independent higher education over the past 56 years is deeply appreciated,” Williams said. “Their contribution helps prepare students who are seeking STEM jobs, fields that are essential for North Carolina to remain a successful competitor in the global marketplace.”
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