CF Foundation Receives $20,000 from Duke Energy for Stem Education

The College of Central Florida Foundation has received a $20,000 grant from Duke Energy Foundation to fund high school dual enrollment courses for women and minorities.

During summer 2018, six credit hours of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics courses will be offered through the college’s Digital Media program, which Duke Energy has supported in the past.

“This is an exciting opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and interest in STEM careers,” said Dr. Jennifer Fryns, CF dean of Arts and Education.

Despite a variety of initiatives in secondary and postsecondary education, women and minorities remain largely underrepresented in the STEM workforce.

The $20,000 contribution will provide an opportunity for 36 high school dual enrolled students in Citrus and Marion counties. Special enrollment information will be available at

“Supporting educational initiatives is an integral mission of the Duke Energy Foundation,” said Harry Sideris, Duke Energy Florida president. “This grant provides College of Central Florida students with the opportunity to realize their full potential and create models of success that will have implications for years to come.”

The CF Foundation, founded in 1959, is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that enhances the college’s programs and services through the development and management of private contributions and community partnerships. To learn more, visit

About Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where its customers live and work. The foundation provides more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts. The foundation’s education focus spans kindergarten to career, particularly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), early childhood literacy and workforce development. It also supports the environment and community impact initiatives, including arts and culture.