Ten college recipients to be honored by Duke Energy during 20th annual Scholarship Fund Gala

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  • Hosted by Advocates for African-Americans (A³), a Duke Energy employee resource group

  • CEO Lynn Good to serve as keynote speaker

  • A³ has raised nearly $1 million and funded over 80 college scholarships since 1996

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Ten college recipients will be honored during the 20th annual AAN-Carolinas Scholarship Fund Gala on Thursday, April 21, in Charlotte. The event is hosted by Advocates for African-Americans (A³), a Duke Energy employee resource group in Charlotte.

The gala celebrates the accomplishments of scholarship recipients in the Carolinas who are fulfilling their potential through strong academic performance. Since 1996, A³ has raised nearly $1 million and funded more than 80 scholarships for students. The scholarship funds are managed by Foundation For The Carolinas.

“These students are future leaders in our communities and we’re pleased to support them on a path to success,” said Jason Allen, vice president in the Duke Energy’s Fossil-Hydro operations, and executive sponsor of A³. “Encouraging diverse candidates majoring in math, science and other energy-related fields is a good investment for the Carolinas.”

This year’s gala, to be held at the Sheraton Hotel at 555 S. McDowell St., will feature a networking event and silent auction, followed by dinner and the presentation of the 2016 scholars. The keynote speaker is Lynn Good, chairman, president and chief executive officer for Duke Energy.

The following students are active AAN-Carolinas Scholarship Fund recipients:

Charity Baldwin, Fayetteville, N.C.

Fayetteville State University

Rashad Robinson, Wilson, N.C.

Winston-Salem State University


Sha’Coya Fleming, Concord, N.C.

North Carolina Central University


Roslie Shumate, Greenville, S.C.

Clemson University


D’Andra Lawes, Charlotte, N.C.

University of North Carolina - Charlotte

Dre’Sha Singleton, Gray Court, S.C.

Winthrop University

Macy Martin, Liberty, S.C.

Southern Wesleyan University


DeAnna Turner, Charlotte, N.C.

University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Yasmine Parker, Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

Johnson C. Smith University


Brandon Thymes, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Livingstone College

For more information on the AAN-Carolinas Scholarship Fund Gala or to register for the event, visit: www.aanscholarshipgala.com or email ERGAAACharlotte@duke-energy.com.

A³ was founded by Duke Energy employees in 1996 to attract, nurture, develop and promote a diverse workforce.

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