December 5, 2016
Aiken, S.C. - Savannah River Remediation (SRR), the liquid waste contractor at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site, recently donated $5,000 to Claflin University’s scholarship fund in memory of the four Claflin University students who passed away earlier this year.
Tom Foster, SRR President and Project Manager, presented the donation to Claflin University President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the students’ families and with the Claflin University family as they continue to grieve the loss of these four young men,” Foster said. “It is our hope that the donation will help future students in their memory.”
The donation will help fund scholarships for students majoring in Sport Management, in memory of the students who passed away in a car accident in Columbia, S.C., on October 13, 2016: Jamarius Bruce, Darrell Pendergrass Jr., Keeron McElveen, and Melvin Jackson Jr. All four students were Sport Management majors at Claflin University. A fifth student, Gernardo Cato, was also in the accident. He was released from a Columbia hospital and is recovering.
Dr. Tisdale is grateful for the donation and SRR’s continued support for the University.
“We are thankful for the relationship we have developed over the years with SRR and their commitment to Claflin University as we continue to develop visionary leaders,” Tisdale said.
SRR and Claflin also renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to continue strengthening the ties between SRR and the University to help students prepare for careers, particularly in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).
Claflin University is one of eight South Carolina Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
SRR is the liquid waste contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M, and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Atkins, and URS Professional Solutions.