Continuing the recent season of giving, Savannah River Site’s liquid waste contractor made a donation to a Columbia university to empower the study of technical disciplines.


Savannah River Remediation donated $10,000 to Allen University in Columbia to fund student scholarships and assist in purchasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics equipment.


The donation was made in line with a memorandum of understanding, which was signed by the university and SRR in May. The MOU was signed to help students prepare for careers, particularly in “STEM-related fields,” SRR said in a statement Wednesday. STEM is an acronym for studies in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


“Our partnership with Allen University is designed to prepare a pipeline of trained workers who understand our liquid waste mission,” SRR President Dave Olson, said. “Savannah River Remediation will need employees who can help us achieve our mission of closing old-style waste tanks, and we will continue to look to institutions, such as Allen University, to provide our future talent.”


On Wednesday, Olson called the partnership with Allen essential in preparing students for careers in the nuclear program.


Allen University is one of eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities in South Carolina.