June 28, 2016
Aiken, S.C. - Capping a successful school year of educational outreach, Savannah River Remediation (SRR) saw a gift turn into an investment when a past high school scholarship winner came back as a college summer intern.
Logan Tihey, a 2015 SRR Family Scholarship winner, put his $1,500 scholarship to work while majoring in mechanical engineering at Georgia Southern University to pay for books and tuition. One year later, Tihey was hired by SRR as an engineering summer intern at the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF).
“The scholarship SRR gave me was not only of monetary value, but it also sent a message that SRR recognized me and believed in my potential in college,” Tihey said. “This summer, SRR is once again investing in me and has given me real world experience as an engineer.”
Tihey is one of 42 current SRR summer interns who have come to the Savannah River Site (SRS) for real-world work experience that supplements their education at colleges and universities both local and nationwide.
The school year ended with many more educational outreach efforts by SRR. Support in the form of scholarships, grants, donations, and volunteerism from SRR and its employees demonstrates the Company’s importance of furthering education.
Educational support, said Tom Foster, SRR President and Project Manager, is among the most important outreach choices made during the year.
“It is not enough just to say we support education,” Foster said. “SRR demonstrates that education is valued in ways ranging from SRR engineers volunteering in elementary classrooms to our donations to colleges and universities. Our company depends on the expertise in the next generation of workers, and the schools, teachers, and students need our resources to help shape the future workforce.”
Some highlights of SRR’s education outreach in the 2015-16 school year include:
Multiple educational institutes, teachers, and students have been impacted by SRR’s outreach this school year, and Tihey is proud to be one of them.
“I am grateful to be a part of the SRR team this summer,” Tihey said, “The support SRR has extended to me is invaluable and will help shape my future.”
SRR is the liquid waste contactor at SRS for the U.S. Department of Energy. 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, EnergySolutions and URS Professional Solutions.