Award Winners

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle (BWGC) announced the winners of its sixth annual grant cycle today. A total of $69,148 has been awarded to five local nonprofit organizations that provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs to girls and young women in Northern Virginia. To date, the BWGC has awarded and established grant funds totaling over $300,000.

Rosie RivetersRosie Riveters: $19,148

Serving Arlington County
Rosie Riveters provides a fun space for girls ages 4-14 to imagine, create, and play while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Their goal is to engage and inspire girls in STEM and equip them with an enduring growth mindset.

The House, Inc.TheHouse: $20,000
Serving Prince William County
Funding will allow The House, Inc. to provide finance and business analytics education programs to middle and high school girls through its EmpowerMEnt® Leadership Institute initiative, a credentialed leadership certificate program in partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Children's Science Center, Latina SciGirls: $10,000
Serving Fairfax County
Latina SciGirls provides young Latinas with opportunities to engage with female STEM professionals to foster mentoring relationships and a parent education component designed to support their daughters’ interest and achievement in STEM.

Space of Her Own (SOHO)SOHO: $10,000

Serving Alexandria
The purpose of this grant is to provide fun and engaging STEM projects to vulnerable 5th grade girls in Alexandria, serving 24 girls total across the SOHO-Del Ray program and with SOHO-West End. This grant will also provide STEM-related activities for up to 90 girls during grades 6-8 with the SOHO Club.

TYO.Girls.StemTrailsforYouth.Org: $10,000
Serving Fairfax County 
Funding will support the Girls Rolling and Learning STEM (GRLS) program. This weekly club will use bicycles and physical activity to introduce and educate STEM principles to primarily at-risk girls in grades 5-8. While working on and riding bikes, girls will learn concepts such as hydraulics, ratios, resistance, balance, energy and movement all while getting exercise.