Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Foundation receives grant from Duke Energy

March 14, 2022

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) Foundation received a $10,000 grant from Duke Energy on Friday, March 11. Mindy Taylor, District Manager, Government and Community Relations for Duke Energy, and Nicole Flippin, Site Vice President, Robinson Nuclear Plant, presented a check to GSSM President Danny Dorsel and Foundation Executive Director Beth Dinndorf.

The grant supports student scholarships for summer 2022 GoSciTech, GSSM’s residential summer camp. GoSciTech summer camps serve rising 8th, 9th and 10th graders and provide unmatched opportunities for students to explore the endless possibilities of science and technology in an interactive, residential environment. These week-long camps are held on GSSM’s campus and led by GSSM instructors, university professors, and highly qualified professionals in their respective fields.

The grant also supported January 2022 Interim learning experiences for students enrolled in the new GSSM STEM Foundations online diploma program. The environmental based Interim class focused on biodiversity and plant biology and culminated in a trip that enabled students to observe in nature what they had learned and to come together in person and solidify as a community of learners.

“We are grateful for this grant and for Duke Energy’s on-going investment in GSSM and its students,” said Beth Dinndorf, GSSM Foundation Executive Vice President. “GSSM is honored to have Duke Energy as an engaged partner. In addition to providing important financial support, Duke Energy employees play critical volunteer roles by serving on the GSSM Foundation Board of Directors and GSSM Virtual and Outreach Advisory Board and providing student field experiences. Duke Energy is a valued partner of GSSM.”


About GSSM

One of the few specialized public residential high schools of its kind, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science + Mathematics (GSSM) exists to push motivated young learners beyond their perceived levels of academic ability. Founded in 1988 under the leadership of the late Governor Carroll Campbell, GSSM has consistently raised the bar for STEM education in the Palmetto State. GSSM’s two-year residential high school program—as well as its virtual high school program, summer camps, and outreach programs—all invite young people to explore the subjects they love in a diverse, inclusive, and uncommonly supportive academic environment. Here, challenge is viewed as a gateway to opportunity. GSSM students embrace the school’s rigorous approach to education and in so doing begin to realize their full potential. Learn more by visiting