GSSM receives grant from Duke Energy Foundation

PICTURED HERE (left to right): GSSM President Danny Dorsel, Duke Energy Community Relations Liaison Lauren Baker, GSSM Foundation Executive Director Beth Dinndorf and GSSM Sr. VP for Outreach & Global Initiatives Randy LaCross. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce the receipt of a $5,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. This gift will support scholarships for students in surrounding areas to attend GSSM’s summer programs. 

Duke Energy’s commitment to education and community development plays a vital role in empowering young minds to pursue their academic interests. The grant will support students in Darlington, Dillon, Chesterfield and Marlboro counties who want to attend GSSM’s summer camps.

“STEM based learning is important to stimulate the minds of our future workforce,” said Lauren Baker, Community Relations Liaison for Duke Energy. “Advancing opportunities to allow all students, regardless of socioeconomic background, to further explore fields of science, technology, engineering, and math is a critical investment in tomorrow’s leaders.”

GSSM’s summer programs offer students a unique opportunity to engage in hands-on educational experiences across a wide range of subjects. Through these programs, students are exposed to innovative teaching methods and cutting-edge technologies, fostering their curiosity and passion for science, mathematics and engineering.

“Learning should never stop, regardless of age or time of year,” said GSSM President Danny Dorsel. “The GSSM summer camps provide hands-on educational experiences that inspire and enlighten students during a time of year that too often is not fully utilized for personal growth. The summer camps also provide talented and motivated students insight into what life at GSSM might be like as a high school student.”

The grant from Duke Energy will enable GSSM to offer scholarships to deserving students who may not otherwise have the means to participate. By removing economic barriers, Duke Energy’s support ensures increased access to GSSM’s transformative summer programs.

“For 24 years, GSSM has been blessed with the support of Duke Energy in providing students of all ages with exciting opportunities for STEM education,” said Randy LaCross, GSSM SVP for Outreach & Global Initiatives. “We are grateful for this $5,000 award from the Duke Energy Foundation that enables students from Darlington, Chesterfield, Marlboro, and Dillon Counties to receive scholarships for GSSM residential, day, and virtual STEM summer camps.”

Duke Energy’s gift and ongoing partnership with GSSM highlights the mutual commitment to equipping the next generation with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in STEM fields, to contribute to community growth and to foster a bright future for South Carolina and beyond.

For more information on GSSM, please visit or call 843-383-3901.

Author: Stephan Drew

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