[Pittsburgh]–Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the EQT Foundation to help more girls in grades 4-12 connect with the fun and challenges of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through programs in Allegheny, Greene and Washington Counties.
The grant will provide hands-on STEM experiences in a supportive, all-girl environment through resources for Girl Scout troops and GSWPA-sponsored programs through July 2017.
“The EQT Foundation believes it’s important to encourage more girls to explore and eventually pursue STEM careers, as there are currently more jobs in these fields than in any other industry,” Charlene Petrelli, president of EQT Foundation said. “By partnering with the Girl Scouts, we can create programs and events that give children the opportunity to explore and embrace all that the STEM-related fields have to offer.”
Nearly half (48%) of this country’s work force is comprised of women, yet women are still underrepresented in science and engineering careers. Less than one-fifth of American engineers are women.
A study conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) found that 81% of all high school girls are interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), but only 13% say it is their first choice, with about half of all girls believing that STEM isn't a typical career path for girls.
“STEM programs in Girl Scouts help girls realize how important it is to take math and science in school. The experience also strengthens their problem-solving abilities and boosts their confidence,” said Patricia A. Burkart, CEO of GSWPA. “Thanks to the support of the EQT Foundation, girls will discover how STEM careers can fulfill their promise to make the world a better place.”
For more information, visit gswpa.org.
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About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership experience for girls and is the leading authority on girls' healthy development. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The 2.8-million-member organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, call 800-248-3355 or visit gswpa.org.
About the EQT Foundation
EQT Corporation and the EQT Foundation are committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions. For more than the past decade, the EQT Foundation has made a difference by supporting local programs and initiatives that involve education, community and economic development, the arts, and the environment. Together with a variety of non-profit organizations, the EQT Foundation develops strong partnerships that enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts.