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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Awards Scholarship Grant to Thomas Edison State University

Funding Supports Education in Nuclear Science, Nuclear Engineering and Safety

A university degree has become more feasible for many students enrolled in Thomas Edison State University's School of Applied Science and Technology programs as a result of more than $341,000 in scholarship support from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

The NRC announced in late July that it awarded the funding to the University to benefit qualifying students enrolled in nuclear science, radiation safety and related engineering and technology programs.

"We are grateful that our institution has once again been selected for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Scholarship funding,” said Dr. John O. Aje, dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology at the university. “Our programs have always been a good fit for industry employees who often already possess military training and professional licenses and certifications. Our ongoing collaboration with the NRC and this latest phase of scholarship funding will help us to continue to provide affordable degree completion options and access to quality academic programs for our students."

According to the NRC, funding under the scholarship program includes support for education in nuclear science and engineering with an objective to develop a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction, operation and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials.

The NRC Scholarship was established in 2014, and since that time, the university has partnered with the commission to create degree templates aligned with the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program (NUCP), an industry-led partnership that is designed to prepare students to enter the nuclear power workforce. As part of this effort, the university has developed articulation agreements with community colleges throughout the country that are participating in the program.

Dr. Richard Coe, assistant dean in the School of Applied Science and Technology at the university, said the support will help ensure that the university’s nuclear energy-related programs continue to prepare its graduates to succeed and lead.

"This level of scholarship support is particularly important because most of our students have family commitments and are either working full time to transition into the nuclear energy field, or are already working in the field for the U.S. military, commercial nuclear facilities or with national laboratories. The industry continues to work closely with higher education institutions, such as ours, to develop talent and a curriculum that will prepare the emerging workforce to develop, deliver and maintain safe, reliable energy sources for the future," said Coe.

To learn more about programs available in the School of Applied Science and Technology, visit www.tesu.edu/ast.