RALEIGH, N.C. – State Employees’ CU on Tuesday said its SECU Foundation is awarding the first of four planned $200,000 annual innovation grants to the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University, which will allow the Institute to award four $50,000 innovation prizes.

The Institute said its innovation contest engages North Carolina’s young people about the role they can play in policy and economic development, and highlights the collaborative spirit, talent, and initiative it takes to put ideas into action.

The Institute for Emerging Issues is a North Carolina State University think tank focused on tackling big issues that affect North Carolina’s future growth and prosperity, from energy, to fiscal modernization, to improving our systems of higher education. With the SECU Foundation grant the Institute said it will invite college students to collaborate and respond to challenges facing their communities and the state in the areas of education, health, natural and built environments, and the economy.

“The Prize for Innovation has been one of the most effective and engaging programs we have managed at the Institute for Emerging Issues,” said Anita Brown-Graham, director of the Institute. “With the support of SECU Foundation, we now will be able to engage even more young people. This means more ideas, more innovation, and more opportunities for a new generation to lead the way to a brighter future for our state. It is an exciting day for us, and we are thrilled about this partnership.”


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