CLEMSON — Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), through its management and operating company Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, is funding scholarships for up to 18 Clemson University students through its University Scholars Program.

Thanks to an investment of $144,000 from SRNL, qualified students in the STEM majors of science, technology, engineering and math are eligible to receive $4,000 scholarships along with career mentoring opportunities and leadership development training. Scholarship funds will be used for tuition, fees, books, room and board expenses.

“Through this agreement, the board of directors of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions is making a significant investment in the future of the region’s workforce. Not only does this program financially support STEM students, it also connects them with the scientists and technologists at Savannah River National Laboratory that can help them build challenging and rewarding careers right here in our region,” said Dr. Terry A. Michalske, Laboratory Director, SRNL.

Anand Gramopadhye, dean of Clemson’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, said, “The University Scholars Program will help us attract and retain top students and develop the leaders of tomorrow. The combined efforts of Clemson and SRNL widen the talent pipeline, which is critical to maintaining and improving a competitive workforce.”

“It is exciting that SRNL is investing in Clemson University science and math students who will help the laboratory accomplish its mission in the future,” said Mark Leising, interim dean of the College of Science. “While the scholarship support is valuable, the mentoring and research opportunities available from SRNL’s world class staff will provide more of an impact on our students as they develop their scientific skill sets.”

Through the program, Clemson students also may be considered for temporary employment at SRNL based on their qualifications and fields of study. SRNL will also consider requests from Clemson faculty to fund capstone research costs.

This is the latest partnership between SRNL and Clemson. The two organizations have a history of collaboration on projects ranging from nuclear environmental engineering to developing alternative fuels. In addition, many SRNL researchers are Clemson adjunct faculty and scientists from each institution have served on the other’s scientific committees.

In 2016, the university and SRNL signed an agreement for Clemson to create, manage and support an external review committee to create a strategy for “development and deployment of technologies to clean up the environmental legacy of the nation’s nuclear programs.”