Rocky Mountain Power has powered up local schools with more than $500,000 in donations.

"Through education, students explore new ideas, ask questions and learn to apply their knowledge to addressing issues within their community and throughout the world," said Alene Bentley, customer and community manager for Rocky Mountain Power. The money, totalling $502,740 since January, has been given to educational organizations in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.

The two largest grants went to University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business and the U.'s College of Engineering. They will be using the $35,000 and $25,000 respective grants to help fund underprivileged students with scholarships and to support available programming. Both programs are facing high demand.

"These prestigious educational institutions encourage growth and development in students, which in turn enhances the Salt Lake City community," Bentley said.

Other Salt Lake City area organizations receiving funding from the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation include the Guadalupe Center Educational Program, which provides children from low-income families an additional four weeks of school in the summer. Junior Achievement of Utah got a $15,000 grant to support a program that brings volunteers into school classrooms to be guest teachers.

In addition to the Guadalupe school program, $5,000 grants were also given to the U.'s College of Science to provide financial aid to women interested in the field, as well as to the Utah Humanities Council, which works to increase children's reading readiness and fluency levels.

The foundation has given $2,500 grants to the U.'s Hospital Foundation to purchase books for children who are patients, and others went to the Jordan Education Foundation, the Salt Lake Education Foundation and to Westminster College.

The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, part of the PacifiCorp Foundation, was created in 1988. Its mission, through charitable investments, is to support growth and vitality of the communities served by Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power.

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