Entergy Arkansas Inc. recently awarded the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff $10,000 for the “Moving the Needle” program to increase enrollment and enhance student success, according to a news release.

“Education is the heart of our vibrant communities,” said Tom Kennedy, vice president of public affairs for Entergy Arkansas. “We are proud to invest in programs in the communities where we live and work.”

“The ‘Moving the Needle’ program facilitates access and affordability in educating Arkansans, with emphasis on reaching underserved communities in Jefferson County and the 15 surrounding counties,” according to the release. “In keeping with the university’s vision to educate students for the 21st Century, the program seeks to increase the numbers of students prepared for careers in education, business, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Entergy’s philanthropic efforts support programs to boost education, expand environmental programs, promote cultural activities and help create poverty solutions, according to the release.

“UAPB’s mission is to provide excellent academic programs, integrating quality instruction, research, and student learning that’s responsive to the needs of a racially, culturally and economically diverse population,” according to the release.

Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Details: entergy-arkansas.com