5/22/19—Greenwich Academy (GA) recently received a prestigious $250,000 grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation Educational Leadership Grant to support the expansion of the school’s Girls Advancing in STEM Network (GAINS). The foundation supports independent secondary schools that pledge to collaborate with other institutions and schools, with a focus on improving the environmental sustainability of their campuses. The award is valued at $500,000, with the Edward E. Ford Foundation paying half and GA matching the other half through fundraising.
Over the next three years, GA will use the grant money to make upgrades to its GAINS program, which started in 2011 to connect girls who have a passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with each other and with women working and studying in these fields. The network has three arms: student-run clubs in schools nationwide, an online portal for networking with STEM mentors, and an annual conference open to independent schools across the U.S.
With the funds, the school will develop a blueprint for students of other independent schools to start their own clubs, upgrade the virtual networking platform, and continue funding the nationally recognized conference.