SRP makes contribution to higher education
Salt River Project has made a contribution of $100,000 a year for five years to support Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the College of Technology and Innovation Department of Engineering at ASU Polytechnic, the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education and the College of Public Programs.
“The contribution is part of SRP’s overall commitment to higher education and the highly skilled workforce it creates,” said SRP President David Rousseau. “It is important for SRP to assist the university as it develops future engineers and teachers as well as the leaders of our state, local and tribal communities. These individuals will shape the future of our customers and business environment.”
“With this investment, the Salt River Project will partner with ASU to take a critical step toward educating students, resulting in a more skilled and highly paid workforce that will bring new employment opportunities and economic recovery to our state,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “The university values highly the support of SRP and the strong, collaborative relationship that continues to grow between our two organizations.”
Funds donated to the College of Engineering – Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering will be utilized to purchase computers and specialized equipment such as oscilloscopes, lathes and testing equipment, which will enable more students to have access to current technology and computer equipment. This hands-on learning environment will allow these students to successfully translate classroom knowledge into the work environment.
The College of Technology and Innovation Department of Engineering on ASU’s Polytechnic campus will utilize the contribution to support student projects related to SRP’s core business of water and power. SRP employees will be engaged in project oversight and provide “real life” elements to civil, electrical and mechanical engineering projects.
The contribution to the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College will be used for the Teaching Inquiry-Based Science Program, a 4-day summer institute for teachers to enhance their content knowledge of science. The grant will allow for an increased number of teachers who will be trained to teach science concepts directly related to SRP core business.
The College of Public Programs will establish a scholarship fund for the Certified Public Manager Program for Tribal Governments. SRP funding will offset tuition costs for tribal members who are unable to participate without tuition assistance. SRP and the Native American communities in Arizona work together on many vital issues pertaining to water and electricity.
The remaining funds will be designated to the ASU Foundation for A New American University to support ASU annual activities such as ASU Cronkite Awards Luncheon, ASU President’s Club and the ASU Modeling Physics Instruction program. These funds will be expended as specific requests are received and approved by SRP.