BETHESDA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Enviva Inc. (NYSE: EVA) (“Enviva”), the world’s largest producer of sustainable bioenergy, announces the establishment of the Enviva Endowment Scholarship at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (NC A&T), the nation’s largest in of History Black University. Today, Enviva announced its formal commitment of $250,000, funded over five years, to provide a merit-based scholarship foundation and a more diversified workforce in forestry, agriculture, agronomy, natural resources, technology and conservation to support.
“We are proud to be a corporate leader and community partner in North Carolina, and believe we have a responsibility to create pathways for the best and brightest in the state to attend this great university,” said John Keppler, Chairman and CEO of Enviva. “Solving climate change and creating a lower-carbon economy depends on the critical thinking, creativity and innovation of our future leaders, trained at spectacular institutions like NC A&T. We are proud to support opportunities for students from the North Carolina communities we call home to join, grow and excel at this great university through the endowment of today’s scholarship.”
Under the terms of the agreement, the Enviva Foundation Scholarship at NC A&T will provide financial support to students pursuing any discipline within the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and is open to all applicants. All recipients holding the Enviva Foundation Scholarship in any year will be automatically renewed during their enrollment as long as students meet the minimum academic and geographic standards listed below.
“The scholarship provided by Enviva will have a unique impact on our students as it is available to all majors in all of our programs,” said Dr. Mohamed Ahmedna, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. “We deeply appreciate Enviva’s significant and forward-looking investment in our college and their commitment to the diversity of the workforce.”
The recipients of the Enviva Foundation scholarship are selected by a university commission set up by the Office for Study Funding and Scholarships. To apply, applicants must be a student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and reside in one of the following North Carolina counties: Hertford County, Richmond County, Northampton County, Sampson County, New Hanover County, or Wake County , and Raleigh-Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina metro areas.
“North Carolina has been our home base of operations for 10 years and we are proud to maintain and expand our strong corporate presence in the state of Tar Heel. We believe in native talent, and that drives us to purposefully nurture and hire the future of the agribusiness and sustainability workforce of America’s largest HBCU, NC A&T,” said Don Calloway, vice president of diversity, equity, inclusion, and impact at Enviva . “NC A&T has a proud tradition of graduating leaders in manufacturing and sustainable agriculture. This endowment reflects our commitment to empowering more students to access the world-class education that NC A&T provides and prepare them to tackle climate change, one of the most critical and existential challenges of our time.”
This announcement comes shortly after Enviva announced its multi-year recruitment and career development pipeline agreement in December 2021. Under the terms of the agreement, Enviva has partnered with four major Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the US Southeast to better identify, recruit and onboard new employees for its rapidly growing business. These new partnerships and grants reinforce Enviva’s existing commitment to facilitating careers in renewable energy and sustainable forestry for African Americans in the southern United States.
Enviva (NYSE: EVA) is the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source made by aggregating a natural resource, wood fiber, and processing it into a transportable form, wood pellets. Enviva sells a majority of its wood pellets through long-term take-or-pay off-take agreements with creditworthy customers in the UK, European Union and Japan. Enviva owns and operates 10 plants with a total production capacity of approximately 6.2 million tons per year in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi. In addition, Enviva exports wood pellets through its deepwater terminals in the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia, the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, and the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, as well as third-party deepwater terminals in Savannah, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, and Panama City, Florida.
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North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the largest historically black university in the nation and was ranked the number one public HBCU by US News & World Report. It is a Carnegie Foundation-classified university with land grants, graduate high research degrees, and an inaugural member of the University of North Carolina system. The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is the largest college of its kind among the land grant universities of the 1890s and a leader in extracurricular research funding. The university was founded in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.