Nine Schools and Nonprofits Recognized for Taking Innovative Approaches to STEM Education in Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's Innovation Fund has announced the winners of its inaugural grant cycle. A total of $25,000 has been awarded to nine schools and nonprofit organizations in grants of up to $5,000 to support their innovative approaches to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education across Northern Virginia.

For more information about each of the grant winners, click here.

The Innovation Fund's 2013 Brain Trust, representing a cross-section of innovative fields, including entrepreneurs, technologists, STEM educators and philanthropists, reviewed grant applications to select the nine winners. "We were stunned by the variety of programs we saw throughout the application process," commented Steve Gladis, CEO of Steve Gladis Leadership Partners and member of the Brain Trust. "From animal sciences to LEGO robotics, we have enjoyed seeing the innovative directions in which our community educators are fostering the education field."

Seed funding for the Innovation Fund was generously provided by the J.O.Y. Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and by Steve Gladis Leadership Partners. To learn more about the Innovation Fund or make a donation to the Fund, please visit the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's website at To get involved in the Innovation Fund Brain Trust, please contact Sari Raskin at