SRMC Funds Scholarship for Claflin University
SRMC President and Program Manager Dave Olson (left) presents a check to Claflin University President Dr. Dwaun Warmack to fund a scholarship at the Historically Black University.
AIKEN, S.C. (February 13, 2023) - Savannah River Mission Completion (SRMC), the liquid waste contractor at Savannah River Site (SRS), recently presented a $10,000 check to Claflin University (CU) to use in its scholarship fund.
In addition, SRMC and CU, one of South Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges, partnered on a senior students’ capstone project where students are working on ways to improve the method for removing and replacing the radioactively contaminated device, called the strip effluent coalescer, within the Salt Waste Processing Facility solvent recovery system. The students’ work should be completed in May.
SRMC President and Program Manager Dave Olson said the Capstone project and scholarship are expected to encourage students to continue their studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. He added that his goal is to see their work translate into coming to SRS to work.
"We want these students to succeed," Olson said. "Recently, I addressed a group of students at the school, suggesting they begin planning their lives now. Helping students continue their education puts them on the road to good jobs, along with the opportunity to choose a meaningful career."
CU President Dr. Dwaun Warmack said he looks to companies, such as SRMC, to provide students with meaningful opportunities to see what careers are available to them.
“The Capstone project our senior students are undertaking demonstrates SRMC’s desire to help them consider bigger issues beyond the walls of our institution,” Warmack said. “Together with this scholarship, I believe we have a partnership that will be mutually beneficial for years to come.”
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 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.