Girl Scouts of Western Ohio (GSWO) announced today that it received a $5,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. This grant will benefit Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) resident camps occurring at GSWO's Camp Whip Poor Will in Warren County, Ohio in summer 2018.
“Duke Energy is proud to support STEM educational programs. By giving young girls the opportunity to learn about STEM in an engaging manner at Girl Scout camp, it helps to prepare the future workforce,” said Kim Vogelgesang, Stakeholder Philanthropy Manager of Duke Energy.
The purpose of the STEM resident camps is to engage girls in grades K-12 in outdoor activities that will promote their interest in STEM education and careers. In the U.S., women remain underrepresented in STEM fields, despite making up over half of the U.S. workforce. GSWO aims to reduce this gender gap by bringing thousands of girls into the STEM pipeline over the next eight years through programs such as STEM resident camps. These camps will support the Girl Scouts' STEM pledge, which is a groundbreaking national initiative that aims to engage 2.5 million girls in STEM programs by the year 2025. Duke Energy Foundation’s investment will support GSWO's work toward this pledge, and provide local Girl Scouts with the opportunity to experience STEM while they attend Girl Scout summer camp.
“We are grateful to Duke Energy Foundation for their support of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and our STEM programming,” said Roni Luckenbill, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. “With support from this grant, we will provide local Girl Scouts with the opportunity to experience STEM in a fun, hands-on, and outdoor environment. Girl Scouts of Western Ohio remains committed to providing quality STEM experiences to girls, and we could not do it without support from program partners such as Duke Energy Foundation.”