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Amber Burruezo

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Local Community Colleges and HBCUs Receive Grants from Delmarva Power to Fund Scholarships, Teacher Training and Curriculum Development to Support Next Generation Energy Workforce

​NEWARK, Del. (March 15, 2022) — Delmarva Power has provided $400,000 to four local community colleges and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) to support local scholarships, teacher training and the development of curriculum geared toward educating the next generation of the energy workforce. The funding builds on $75,000 in grants provided as part of Delmarva Power's Community Scholars Program during the 2020-2021 academic year to support students across the company's service area struggling to continue their education due to the impacts of the pandemic.

"We hope this funding helps open the door to educational opportunities that all too often are just a dream for many young people within our communities," said Rodney Oddoye, senior vice president of Governmental, External and Regulatory Affairs for Pepco Holdings, which includes Delmarva Power. "Through our partnerships with local community colleges, HBCUs, and workforce development programs like our Path to Success program, we are not only training our future energy workforce, but we're also creating promising careers for our youth."

Delmarva Power provided $300,000 in grants to University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Delaware State University. In addition to the support for HBCUs, Delmarva Power has provided $100,000 to Wor-Wic Community College and Delaware Technical Community College. This funding is provided as part of Delmarva Power's Community Scholars Program, which provides gap funding for limited- and moderate-income community residents pursuing degrees in energy related fields, such as Engineering, Mathematics, Urban Sustainability, Business Management, Communications and more.

As part of a partnership with UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Delmarva Power's parent company, Exelon, and the Exelon Foundation, also provided $2.4 million in scholarships to 24 college freshmen as part of its HBCU Corporate Scholars program launched in the fall 2021. As part of this program, Dover, Del resident, Giovanni Casson, will receive up to $100,000 in need-based aid over his four years of schooling at Lincoln University. 

"We appreciate the wonderful partnership with UNCF and the opportunity to further the support and relationship with our HBCU's to provide greater and more meaningful impact to local students who are building their knowledge and preparing themselves to become the future energy workforce, added Oddoye."   

These community college and HBCU grants add to the initiatives of Delmarva Power and Exelon that support education and workforce development. As an example, through Delmarva Power's Path to Success Program, local high-school seniors have the ability to take part in one-on-one career coaching, career exploration and professional skill building opportunities. Upon successful completion, students will earn a job opportunity with Delmarva Power or a partnering contractor. Delmarva Power and Exelon are helping bridge the gender and racial gap in STEM careers with the annual Exelon Foundation STEM Leadership Academy, a program, to encourage and support the involvement of young women in science technology, engineering and math. 

These commitments extend outside of Delmarva Power's walls through philanthropic support of similar work by other organizations in the community. In 2021 alone, Delmarva Power provided more than $1.2 million in grants for nonprofits and programs across the company's Delaware and Maryland service area.

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