Saint Paul College Receives $15,000 Grant from The Xcel Energy Foundation for STEM Scholarships

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Friends of Saint Paul College has received a grant of $15,000 from the Xcel Energy Foundation to provide STEM scholarships for Saint Paul College students. Since 2010, Friends of Saint Paul College has removed barriers to postsecondary education for hundreds of community college students through scholarships and program support.

“We rely on support from important community and corporate partners such as Xcel Energy,” said Executive Director Laura Savin. “This funding will help us ensure that STEM students successfully complete postsecondary education and secure employment in STEM occupations.”

With the help of this grant and through support from other local donors, Friends of Saint Paul College will award STEM Scholarships to at least 60 low-income Saint Paul College students. Scholarship recipients complete college programs and secure employment at a much higher rate than their peers who do not receive scholarships.

About Friends of Saint Paul College: The mission of Friends of Saint Paul College is to advance the mission of Saint Paul College by inspiring philanthropic giving to promote student success. This critical work is achieved through strong community awareness and engagement, partnerships with businesses and community-based organizations and ambitious development goals for scholarships and programs.

About Saint Paul College: Saint Paul College was ranked the #1 community college in the nation for the second time (2010 and 2013) by Washington Monthly magazine for student engagement in active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction and support for learning. The College offers 43 associate degree programs, including the Associate in Arts degree, and 79 career certificate and diploma programs. For over 106 years, Saint Paul College has been helping students succeed in high-demand careers. The mission of Saint Paul College is Education for Employment…Education for All.

About Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL): Xcel Energy provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions, and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices. Through its foundation, Xcel Energy supports activities in four important focus areas: STEM education, workforce development, environmental stewardship, and access to arts and culture. In 2015, Xcel Energy invested over $13 million to support communities across its service territory.