Educating our citizens and meeting the varied needs of business and industry for a skilled and educated work force is vital to our future. The Dominion Foundation invests in a variety of programs to develop student capacities in mathematics, science, technology and energy.
Dominion K-12 Educational Partnership
Educational grants (up to $10,000) from Dominion and the Dominion Foundation to provide elementary and secondary educators with the tools they need to revitalize math and science programs through the study of energy and the environment.
Dominion Higher Educational Partnership In the area of post-secondary education, Dominion accepts grant applications, up to $50,000, to encourage the development of programs for post-secondary students, aimed at developing a skilled work force in areas critical to Dominion.
Strong Men and Women: Excellence in Leadership Series
Positive role models can exert a powerful influence on children. Since 1991 Dominion has celebrated the achievements of outstanding African Americans and has worked with schools and libraries to make young people aware of their accomplishments. Each year about 25,000 sets of materials are distributed free of charge to more than 15,000 schools and libraries.
Beginning in 2013, Dominion's oldest educational initiative will end its 22-year run and enter into a partnership with the Library of Virginia's Black History program. “Strong Men & Women in Virginia History” will focus on historical and contemporary African-American leaders in Virginia. The program will be held during Black History Month and will maintain a writing contest component with winners in elementary, middle and high school categories.
Dominion Memorial Scholarship The Virginia Tech shootings on April 16, 2007 tragically claimed the lives of three college students whose parent or grandparent worked for Dominion. In their honor, Dominion offers scholarships for the children or grandchildren of a retired or current, permanent, full-time Dominion employee.
Energy Education Teacher Workshops The nationally respected non-profit organization NEED (National Energy Education Development) works with state and local partners to provide more than 600 energy education workshops and in-service training for K-12 teachers and students throughout the school year. With underwriting by Dominion, NEED has held workshops for educators in the Mid-Atlantic, New England and the Midwest. Teachers receive not only training but also materials for classroom instruction and may earn recertification points. The typical workshop covers all types of energy, including production, consumption, energy efficiency and economic and environmental impact. Materials are free and include hands-on activities for classrooms.
School- and Job-Readiness Programs At the discretion of philanthropy staff and Dominion's Community Investment Boards, area grants may be made to help teens prepare for jobs or bridge to post-secondary programs in engineering, math, or science. Program support varies from year to year but often includes Junior Achievement and such organizations as Jobs for Virginia Graduates and Cleveland's Hard-Hatted Women.
Combined College Funds In the states where Dominion has a broad customer base, we support a variety of combined college funds – United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and Hispanic College Fund, as well as statewide and regional foundations for independent colleges and community colleges.