GWU Student Receives Duke Energy Scholarship from North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Kyle Cooper, a Gardner-Webb University (Boiling Springs, N.C.) junior majoring in Biology, was selected to receive a Duke Energy Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $3,500 for the 2015-2016 academic year. Kyle is the son of Sherri Cooper of Gastonia, N.C., and Michael Ratliff of Hamlet, N.C.

The Duke Energy Foundation contributed $80,500 in scholarship aid this year through the Independent College Fund of N.C., a division of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU). Duke Energy scholarships are awarded to students studying math or science.

“Now more than ever before, we need to ensure our students are equipped with knowledge and background in science, technology, engineering and math. Duke Energy is proud to support students pursuing degrees in STEM-related fields,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “Our long-standing partnership with North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities continues to help strengthen the state’s education-to-workforce pipeline.”

Dr. A. Hope Williams, president of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, thanked Duke Energy on behalf of the Independent College Fund of North Carolina and the students attending private colleges and universities in North Carolina. “Duke Energy’s support of independent higher education over the past 56 years is deeply appreciated.  Their contribution helps prepare students who are seeking STEM jobs, fields that are essential for North Carolina to remain a successful competitor in the global marketplace.”

About The Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities. Annually, the Foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development, and community impact. Duke Energy has long been committed to supporting the communities where its customers and employees live and work, and will continue to build on this legacy. For more information, visit

About North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities

The Independent College Fund of North Carolina, or ICFNC, is the division of North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (NCICU) that provides student scholarship aid and enrichment programs. NCICU is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation that represents North Carolina’s 36 private colleges and universities.  The mission of NCICU is to support, represent, and advocate for North Carolina independent higher education. NCICU represents independent higher education in the areas of state and federal public policy and on education issues with the other sectors of education in the state. It also provides research and information to and about private colleges and universities, conduct staff development opportunities and coordinate collaborative programs.  For more information about NCICU, visit