Award Winners

The Business Women’s Giving Circle awarded $53,000 in 2017 to five nonprofit organizations and schools that provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Leadership and Entrepreneurship programs to girls and young women in Northern Virginia. To-date the BWGC has awarded $178,000 in grants. 

FOCUS 2016 Group2017 Grantee: GMU FOCUS GroupGeorge Mason University Foundation – FOCUS Academy: $20,000
Serving all of Northern Virginia
The grant will help with the establishment of a new residential FOCUS (Females of Color Underrepresented in STEM) Academy on the George Mason University campus for high school students using the educational framework of the successful FOCUS (day) camp for middle school students. 

IMG 5197 12017 Grantee: Girls in G.E.A.R. ProgramHillsboro Charter Academy: $13,000

Serving Loudoun County
Funding will continue to support Girls in G.E.A.R. (Guiding Engineering, Aerospace, and Robotics), an exploratory STEAM leadership program where 4th/5th grade girls are facilitators to all students (K-5), including implementing new Boys & BOTS STEAM workshops using engineering, aerospace and robotics for hands on lessons and real world application.


SOHO 22017 Grantee: Space of Her Own, Inc. (SOHO) Program ParticipantsSpace of Her Own, Inc. (SOHO): $10,000
Serving Alexandria and Arlington 
Funding will enhance and evaluate mentoring programs by providing fun and engaging STEM projects to 36 vulnerable 5th grade girls and STEM-related activities for 80 middle school-aged girls and mentors.





wesley housing2017 Grantee: Wesley Housing STEM Program ParticipantsWesley Housing Development Corporation: $5,000
Serving all of Northern Virginia
Funding will support at-risk elementary and middle school girls with a STEM-focused summer fashion design program that teaches in-demand creative, technical, and professional skills needed for their futures.



YearUp2017 Grantee: YearUpYear Up – National Capital Region: $5,000
Serving all of Northern Virginia
The grant will support service delivery of Year Up’s research-validated, career training program, specifically in the specialty tracks of Information Technology and Software Development to young women, ages 18-24.