Recent Higher Educational Awards

The Dominion Higher Educational Partnership

The Dominion Foundation awards approximately $1 million in higher educational partnership grants throughout Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia and in targeted localities in New England, Maryland and North Carolina. Accredited institutions of higher education — colleges and universities, community colleges, and vocational, technical, or trade schools — and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations can apply. (» Get more details.)

2013-14 Recipients


Mitchell College in New London was awarded $30,000 for their “Service Beach Project,” which will engage students and the community in the study and evaluation of the impact of recent severe storms on the Mitchell Beach habitat.

District of Columbia

Howard University in Washington D.C. was awarded $40,000 to develop a Renewable Energy Research and Training program for high school and undergraduate students. The program will focus on renewable energy technologies and strategies for how to implement those technologies most effectively.


Hood College in Frederick was awarded $35,000 to teach students about urban storm water hydrology, water quality, and the assessment of storm water mitigation strategies through the expanded use of Geographic Information Systems.

North Carolina

The Elizabeth City State University Foundation was awarded $15,000 for their Home Energy Conservation and Education program where students will train and educate low-income rural households on ways to conserve energy to significantly reduce their utility bills. 


Apollo Career Center in Lima was awarded $20,000 to support the purchase and installation of a virtual welding simulator, which will allow students to learn and practice welding in a safe environment.

Belmont College in Saint Clairsville was awarded $20,000 to upgrade welding equipment in the newly refurbished welding lab. Students can achieve a one-year certificate, a two-year associate degree or specialized training for pipeline welding.

Cuyahoga Community College Foundation in Cleveland was awarded $15,000 for the Advance Technology Training Center to develop new curriculum for the purchase of an energy monitoring dashboard system. Students will be trained in the alternative energy field through a series of hands-on programs.

Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville was awarded $20,000 to purchase the Virtual Reality Arc Welding Trainer so that students can learn to weld in a safe environment.

Hiram College in Hiram was awarded $30,000 for students and faculty to renovate a two-story century-old home with energy-conserving materials and technologies, measure savings and invite local residents to learn how to conserve energy in their own homes.

Lakeland Community College in Kirkland was awarded $15,000 to provide experiential learning, including co-ops and job shadowing in the geospatial technologies field.

Ohio Northern University in Ada was awarded $10,000 to allow engineering students to design, develop and implement a mobile solar energy lab. The lab will allow students to learn about the operation of solar thermal and photovoltaic systems.

Stark State College in North Canton was awarded $20,000 to increase training capacity at the new Barberton satellite center by purchasing two additional welding stations.

The University of Akron Foundation in Akron was awarded $20,000 to support the expansion of the welding center at the College of Engineering through the purchase of welders, welding benches, partitions and appropriate protective wear for students.

The University of Cincinnati Foundation in Cincinnati was awarded $10,000 to support their six-week summer bridge program that will provide select freshmen the opportunity to strengthen math and time management skills and to take part in service-oriented projects in order to prepare students for a successful college experience.

Washington State Community College Foundation in Marietta was awarded $20,000 to expand the electrical engineering program with the purchase and installation of a Level/Flow Process Control Learning System, which is used in oil and gas facilities design.

Zane State College in Zanesville was awarded $20,000 to support an outdoor laboratory which will include learning stations that mimic oil and gas drilling operations.


Saint Frances University in Loretto was awarded $30,000 to support the new Center for Watershed Research and Service. The center will provide activities involving research and service projects for local watershed restoration and offer seminars for respected engineers and scientists to share their expertise.

The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades in Media was awarded $35,000 to support the Power Plant Technology Program with a steam turbine enhancement adding four turbine nozzles and an electronic governor.


George Mason University in Fairfax was awarded $45,000 for a mobile extreme weather unit which allows students to collect and study data in the path of severe storms. The mobile unit will provide on-the-ground data on flooding and weather conditions allowing students to study infrastructure at risk in the path of storms.

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond was awarded $15,500 to create a new online course in Geospatial Technology to meet rapidly growing career opportunities in that field through a new GIS/GPS Career Studies Certificate, internships, and outreach to local school systems.

John Tyler Community College in Midlothian was awarded $10,000 for “Bridging the Gap: Math Readiness for STEM Students.” This program is designed to prepare students for rigorous college mathematics and increase graduation rates.

Marymount University in Arlington was awarded $13,000 to redesign and enhance mathematics curricula for business majors to better prepare students for today’s workforce requirements.

Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap was awarded $35,000 to purchase a Virtual Welder Trainer that will allow students to develop more advanced skills to meet industry needs.

New College Foundation in Martinsville was awarded $40,000 to support the Academy for Engineering and Technology, helping to create affordable access to higher education in Southern Virginia in these fields.

Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale was awarded $30,000 to develop a sustainable practices zone on campus containing rain gardens, a cistern, the use of solar energy and educational signage to teach the positive impacts of these practices on the Accotink Creek Watershed.

Old Dominion University in Norfolk received $40,000 to incorporate their photovoltaic power system as a hands-on learning tool for key renewable energy technology concepts. The system is interactive with sensors, actuators and controllers to reinforce classroom concepts.

Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin was awarded $30,000 create a Robotics/Mechatronics Laboratory to support the current electronics programs and two new programs in Robotics and Mechatronics.

Randolph-Macon College in Ashland was awarded $30,000 for their partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University and Washington and Lee University to establish real-time water quality assessment network across the James River and its estuaries.

Southside Virginia Community College in Alberta was awarded $30,000 to upgrade the lab equipment in their heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration lab as well as their electricity labs to meet the growing demand for qualified technicians in these areas.

Tidewater Community College in Norfolk was awarded $30,000 to develop “Renewable Energy on the Move,” a science education outreach project. The traveling exhibit will serve to educate college students and faculty as well as the community about the need for renewable energy sources.

University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce Foundation in Charlottesville was awarded $14,000 to develop a series of lectures, experiential activities, and assessments to help students better understand their personal capabilities and how to foster effective team environments.

Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond was awarded $40,000 to support the Carbon Awareness Partnership in developing three courses featuring research, investigation, interactive lectures, and field and lab data collection. The courses will tie carbon awareness to environmental processes, alternative energy production, and sustainable practices.

Virginia Military Institute in Lexington was awarded $12,500 to support the program “Yesterday's Buildings in Today's World” which provides hands-on LEED and infrared imagery training to determine energy efficiency in existing structures.

Virginia State University in Petersburg was awarded $25,000 to establish a digital media lab at the Reginald F. Lewis School of Business to serve as a learning space and training and collaboration hub for faculty and students.

Virginia Union University in Richmond was awarded $30,000 to lower energy consumption, reduce the amount of waste generated and use Geographic Information Systems technology to develop methods to further improve the local watershed.

Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk was awarded $30,000 for students to measure and monitor water quality and biota in storm water management ponds that have been planted with emergent, submerged and shoreline vegetation.

West Virginia

Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont was awarded $25,000 to implement the Petroleum Technology program, which will prepare students for careers in the oil and gas industry.

West Virginia Northern Community College Foundation in Wheeling was awarded $25,000 to support the new Petroleum Technology Program, which was created to meet the rapidly expanding workforce needs in the oil and gas industry.

West Virginia University Foundation, Inc., in Morgantown was awarded $50,000 to upgrade the Petroleum Engineering Natural Gas Laboratory. The new equipment will replace the decades-old equipment with the latest in technology.

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