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Alcorn State University receives another $100,000 grant from Entergy

Entergy CEO and students

Alcorn State University recently received another $100,000 grant from Entergy Corporation, of which $50,000 provides scholarship support to students majoring in radiation technology, and the other half creates student internship opportunities with Entergy. The award furthers the company’s longtime and varied support to the university and continues a program launched by Entergy Nuclear and Entergy Mississippi Inc. in 2008.

Approximately 10 more students maintaining a 3.0 or higher GPA in the Advanced Technologies Department will receive scholarships through the program. Besides scholarships and internships, the partnership offers Alcorn students a mentorship program - matching students to technicians and technologists at nearby Grand Gulf Nuclear Station. Grand Gulf employees also visit health physics classes to share their experience with students.

In 2010, two ASU students Erika Shaw and Amber Harper majoring in radiation technology completed their internships with the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station. “During our internship, we received solid hands-on experience in addition to our knowledge and skills acquired at the program at Alcorn,” shares Harper, now in her senior year. “I am thankful for the challenging and rewarding radiation technology program the university offers that prepares its students for career in health physics, nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiology and radiation therapy.”

“And I am thankful to Entergy for providing paid internship opportunities and scholarships for Alcorn students in this difficult economic time,” adds Shaw, also a senior. “Upon graduation, we are hoping to get employed by Entergy. Grand Gulf Nuclear Station is such an amazing facility, we would love to work there.”

Pictured. L to R: Erika Shaw, President and CEO of Entergy Mississippi Inc. Haley Fisackerly and Amber Harper during Fisackerly’s visit to Alcorn, January 25, 2011.