Award Winners

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle announced the winners of its second annual grant cycle today.  A total of $40,000 has been awarded to three organizations providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Leadership and Entrepreneurship programs to girls in Northern Virginia, making total awards granted to date $80,000.

SHINESHINE – SHINE for Girls: $20,000
To support innovative, curriculum-based programming for middle school girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Utilizing kinesthetic learning, SHINE combines formal dance training with rigorous math instruction to improve girls’ math scores and spark their interest in STEM.

Girls Inspired and Ready to Lead (GIRL): $10,000
To provide leadership development to middle school girls while providing experiential learning in STEM and Entrepreneurship to prepare them for careers of the 21st Century and equip them with the essential skills of critical and creative thinking, communication, intercommunication, and collaboration.

Marymount University – Empowering Leaders in STEAM “ENLIST II”: $10,000MarymountEnlist
To support a twelve-week STEM/STEAM after school program for 3rd-6th grade girls through Marymount University’s partnership with Fort Belvoir Elementary School.  Activities will be staffed by 15 MU pre-service teachers and supervised by mentor teachers, and will include a visit to MU.