(UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- With the continued support of two of their founding partners, the Charlotte Knights are pleased to once again provide educational funding through two unique scholarships for high school students. The Charlotte Knights Healthcare Scholarship, presented by Atrium Health, formerly Carolinas HealthCare System, along with the Charlotte Knights STEM Scholarship Program, presented by Piedmont Natural Gas, each represent the team's focus on community initiatives.
The Knights and Atrium Health began their partnership in 2013 with the Charlotte Knights Healthcare Scholarship program. Over the course of five years, a total of 15 high school students have each been honored with a $1,000 scholarship. In an effort to improve educational funding for high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in health care, the Charlotte Knights and Atrium Health will provide three more $1,000 college scholarships to local high school seniors in 2018. The 2018 campaign will mark the sixth consecutive season of this partnership.
"Partnering with the Charlotte Knights allows us to support our community in a truly unique way," said Carol Lovin, Executive Vice President of Atrium Health "As a learning organization, we understand how important it is to develop the talent that will lead future advancements in health care. We are honored to help the next generation lead the way in caring for our community."
Also in 2018, the Knights and Piedmont Natural Gas will continue to award three $1,000 college scholarships to high school seniors from the Charlotte region who plan to attend college and pursue studies in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering or math. Launched in 2014, Piedmont Natural Gas and the Knights have awarded a total of 12 scholarships to students attending college within Piedmont's service territories in North and South Carolina. The 2018 season will mark the fifth consecutive year of this partnership.
"Piedmont Natural Gas believes in supporting young scholars in the communities where we work and live," said Barbara Ashford, Director of Community Relations for Piedmont Natural Gas. "We're focused on promoting STEM education, and we are happy to partner with the Charlotte Knights to support educational opportunities for our bright young scholars."
The Charlotte Knights Healthcare Scholarship, presented Atrium Health, will be awarded during an on-field ceremony at BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday, July 17th. The Charlotte Knights STEM Scholarship Program, presented by Piedmont Natural Gas, will be awarded during an on-field ceremony on Thursday, July 19th.
More details about each of the scholarships, along with applications to apply, guidelines and more, are available here. All applications must be completed by Friday, May 4th, 2018.
About Atrium Health:
Atrium Health, previously Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the nation's leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout the Southeast region. Its diverse network of care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Atrium Health works to enhance the overall health and well-being of its communities through high-quality patient care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives.
About Piedmont Natural Gas:
Piedmont Natural Gas, a North Carolina corporation, is an energy services company whose principal business is the distribution of natural gas to more than a million residential, commercial, industrial and power generation customers in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Piedmont provides a foundation for establishing a broader strategic natural gas infrastructure platform within Duke Energy to supplement and complement the previous natural gas pipeline investments and the natural gas business located in the Midwest.
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The 2018 season at BB&T Ballpark gets underway on Thursday, April 12th as the Knights host "Opening Knight" against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at 7:04 p.m. Single-game tickets for the 2018 season, as well as season memberships, and Ten-Game Experiences, are on sale now. The Knights will also host their parent club, the Chicago White Sox, in an exhibition game on Monday, March 26th. For more information on tickets for all games, please visit the Charlotte Knights official website at www.charlotteknights.com or contact the Charlotte Knights by phone at 704-274-8300.
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