AIKEN, S.C. (October 4, 2023) — Savannah River Mission Completion (SRMC), the liquid waste contractor at Savannah River Site (SRS), donated $10,000 to Benedict College (BC) for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) scholarships.
Savannah River Mission Completion President and Program Manager Dave Olson, left, presents a $10,000 check for STEM scholarships to Benedict College. With Dr. Olson are, from left, SRMC employee and Benedict College graduate Omari Hendrix, Benedict College Dean of the School of Science and Engineering Robert Garner, and Benedict College President and CEO Roslyn Clark Artis.
Benedict College is a private co-educational historically black college or university (HBCU) located in Columbia, South Carolina, offering several high-demand fields of study in STEM, including Cyber Security and Computer Science.
The investment will create scholarships that can help students enroll or continue in STEM work. The donation is part of a larger Memorandum of Understanding SRMC signed with BC earlier this month.
SRMC President and Program Manager Dave Olson is confident that the donation can go a long way toward creating a greater STEM-related employment pipeline for SRS.
“STEM hires at Savannah River Mission Completion are in high demand because of the work we perform and the mission we have at the Savannah River Site,” Olson said. “There is always a need for top talent with STEM backgrounds, which is why it is important to invest in our educational institutions.”
Benedict College President and CEO Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis was pleased to learn that SRMC chose to partner with the College and provide needed funds.
“We are grateful for SRMC’s investment in Benedict College and our students,” Dr. Clark Artis said. “SRMC’s donation for STEM studies will increase students’ interest in existing and future BC students by providing valuable resources that we can offer students in need of financial assistance as they pursue their dreams.”
SRMC comprises parent company BWX Technologies, Inc. with partners Amentum and Fluor. Its 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.
Founded in 1870 by a woman, Bathsheba A. Benedict, Benedict College is a private co-educational liberal arts institution offering 26 competitive baccalaureate degree programs and two master’s degree programs. The Midlands HBCU welcomes students from all 46 counties in South Carolina, 30 states across America, and 26 countries around the world. The College also has a diverse faculty deeply engaged in teaching, research, and service.