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VCU Rice Center Outreach Education program receives one of Dominion Foundation's competitive K-12 higher education grants

By Carolyn Harris
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Schools in Virginia will get a boost in funding for the 2012-13 academic year as a result of $610,000 in education grants given by Dominion Virginia Power and The Dominion Foundation.

The K-12 Educational Partnership program awarded 36 schools with up to $7,500 each for projects related to energy and the environment. The Higher Education Partnership program awarded 15 colleges and post-secondary schools with up to $45,000 each for projects in renewable energy, environmental studies, engineering and workforce development.

The Virginia grants are part of $1.4 million awarded to schools in states where Dominion does business, which are Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Grant recipients included:

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (Richmond): $35,000 to develop the Chancellor's Environmental Sustainability Scholars Designation, where students will complete at least 15 credits with the designation. JSRCC will be the first Virginia community college to have this designation.

Virginia Commonwealth University: $40,000 for the Carbon Awareness Partnership. Students and teachers will explore the effects of rising levels of carbon dioxide, methane and dissolved organic carbon in the atmosphere and aquatic habitats.

Communities in Schools of Chesterfield: $1,500 to merge the Trout in the Classroom environmental education program with a schoolwide mentoring program. The students and their mentors will care for the trout, build and maintain the tanks and then release the fish into a local stream.

For a complete list of K-12 Educational Partnership recipients, visit