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Fluor-B&W Awards $24,000 in 12 Scholarships Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

PIKETON, Ohio – June 20, 2013 – Fluor-B&W Portsmouth LLC, the cleanup contractor at the former uranium enrichment facilities at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Portsmouth Site, last month presented 12 local graduating high school seniors with $2,000 scholarships. For the second year in a row the Fluor-B&W STEM scholarships were presented to deserving students enrolled in college and majoring in a program based on science, technology, engineering or math. Again this year three students were chosen from each of the four counties near the DOE site.

Fluor-B&W's Marc Jewett with Valley scholarship recipient Clint "CJ" Burk.

“The caliber of applications we received from area high school students was impressive,” said Fluor-B&W Site Project Director Dennis Carr. “We not only had kids apply who topped the charts academically, but young women and men who are active outside the classroom and know the value of giving back to their community. While we did not have an easy task selecting this year’s award recipients from among the field of highly accomplished applicants, the 2013 winners bring an unsurpassed record of scholastic achievement and community service.”

In 2012 more than 70 students applied for these scholarships. This year 98 students applied and the competition was strong. Winners of the 2013 program include Jackson Fish, Pike CTC; Clint Burk, Valley; Tyler Moore and Courtney Dye, Zane Trace; Courtney Hattle and Kelly Hughes, Jackson; Melanie Smalley, Northwest; Ryan Gaines, Oak hill; Halea King, Minford; Lacrissa Woolridge, Piketon; Brittany Mounts, Eastern.

The fields encompassed by STEM are skills in demand and highly valued by environmental cleanup companies like Fluor-B&W. “We understand the value of education and how the core studies of science, technology, engineering and mathematics create the foundation for motivated students who will become tomorrow’s doctors, engineers, builders and problem solvers,” Carr said. “We are just starting a large project that could take more than a decade to complete. There’s a good chance some of these high school achievers will come back after college and join our skilled workforce. That would be my goal.”

Through its Community Commitment Plan, Fluor-B&W has invested more than $120,000 in education efforts in the four-county area. Fluor-B&W employees also support DOE-sponsored education programs that seek to interest local high school students in STEM programs and how those studies can lead to rewarding careers.

Fluor-B&W Portsmouth was awarded a D&D contract by DOE in August 2010 to oversee the safe cleanup of the former gaseous diffusion plant including removal of more than 400 buildings and systems from the Cold War era.

Fluor-B&W's Bob Nichols with Minford scholarship recipient Halea King.

Fluor-B&W's Jeff Wagner with Oak Hill scholarship recipient Ryan Gaines.

Fluor-B&W's Jerry Schneider with Jackson scholarship recipients Courtney Hattle and Kelly Hughes.

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About Fluor-B&W Portsmouth LLC

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) and The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) (NYSE: BWC), two world-class companies with significant Ohio experience, formed Fluor-B&W Portsmouth LLC to address the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) needs at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Portsmouth Site in Pike County, Ohio. The team, which includes two local mentor/protégé companies, inSolves and Wastren Advantage, Inc., and a small business, Pro2Serve, brings unparalleled experience, insights, and lessons learned from across the DOE complex. The Fluor-B&W Portsmouth mandate is to clean up the Portsmouth Site safely and compliantly, provide strong uranium stewardship and partner with local communities to achieve a sustainable economic future. For more information, visit www.fbportsmouth.com.