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$1 million in Duke Energy Foundation grants energize Florida students and teachers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy is providing more than $1 million in grants to 33 Florida-based educational programs through its Duke Energy Foundation.

More than 100,000 students will benefit directly from the grants, which will help fund projects in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields.

"Supporting educational initiatives is an integral mission of the Duke Energy Foundation," said Alex Glenn, Duke Energy state president – Florida. "These grants help advance vital STEM-focused programs in local schools, which in turn prepare our students to become future community leaders."

The largest grant, totaling $252,000, was awarded to the Pinellas County Education Foundation to address key needs of nearly 40,000 students.

The grant will support:

  • STEM After School Programs in every Title I elementary, middle and high school in the county;
  • The Enterprise Village Program that teaches fifth graders to apply math skills in simulated businesses
  • Two programs that promote STEM-related innovation and career paths for high school students
  • Classroom grants and matching funds for STEM Academy teacher training and industry certifications.

Duke Energy's grants to K-12 local education foundations are also eligible for dollar-for-dollar matching funds through the state of Florida's School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program, doubling the impact of the $1 million investment.

"Throughout Florida, teachers will be able to provide the types of hands-on learning opportunities that truly...