Part of the Future of Chemistry Scholarship program, the scholarships reflect Chemours’ commitment to the community and investment in the future STEM workforce
PARKERSBURG, W.Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- As part of a global campaign to increase access to science and technical education, Chemours’ Washington Works has awarded scholarships to four local students who will pursue study in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields at universities this fall. The scholarships are part of Chemours’ Future of Chemistry Scholarship program—a campaign to deliver scholarships to talented, high-potential young people who live in communities where the company operates and who will study a STEM-related field in college. The 2022 Future of Chemistry Scholarship recipients includes Hayden Pelletier, Kody Wells, Heidi Williams, and Bryar Lamp.
Hayden Pelletier and Kody Wells, both 2022 graduates of Warren High School will attend Ohio University. Hayden plans to study Chemical Engineering, while Kody intends to pursue an Engineering degree. Both have received four-year, renewable scholarships of $10,000 per year for their academic studies. Heidi Williams, a 2018 Parkersburg High School graduate, and Bryar Lamp, a 2022 graduate of Ritchie County School, have received two-year technical STEM scholarships in partnership with West Virginia University – Parkersburg. The $7,000 per year scholarships will support Heidi and Bryar as they pursue Associates degrees in the Electrical Reliability & Maintenance and Multi-Craft Technology programs, respectively.
As a company, Chemours has pledged to invest $50 million by 2030 in safety and sustainability programs in the communities where the company operates and to broaden access to STEM education as part of its Corporate Responsibility Commitment. Washington Works Plant Manager James Hollingsworth was excited to celebrate with the students during a luncheon held in their honor at the Blennerhassett Hotel. He shared, “We are happy to have the opportunity to help you pursue your STEM degrees, and this is a field that continues to grow and will benefit from bright problem-solvers like you. When you complete your programs, please keep us in mind. We are always looking for individuals with the skill set you will develop over the next years.”
Washington Works also promotes STEM education by partnering with area elementary, middle schools, and high schools. Over the years, the site employees have worked with local schools on science fairs, led “Fun with Science” programs, and participated in job fairs. In addition, the site is now working to promote ChemFEST; a new program focused on partnering with middle schools to support early access to STEM education to create a more capable, diverse STEM workforce of the future.
Chemours’ Washington Works proudly supports its college engineers with Co-Op opportunities and has partnered with West Virginia University – Parkersburg for a “learn and earn” program that allows students in the STEM field to work a semester and go to college a semester. As a result, many of the participating students have graduated and are now proud Washington Works employees.
About The Chemours Company
The Chemours Company (NYSE: CC) is a global leader in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, and Advanced Performance Materials providing its customers with solutions in a wide range of industries with market-defining products, application expertise and chemistry-based innovations. We deliver customized solutions with a wide range of industrial and specialty chemicals products for markets, including coatings, plastics, refrigeration and air conditioning, transportation, semiconductor and consumer electronics, general industrial, and oil and gas. Our flagship products include prominent brands such as Ti-Pure™, Opteon™, Freon™, Teflon™, Viton™, Nafion™, and Krytox™. The company has approximately 6,400 employees and 29 manufacturing sites serving approximately 3,200 customers in approximately 120 countries. Chemours is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol CC.
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