Active Grants

Partner Organization:  Girls 4 Science
Award: Chelsea & Andre Kozaczka Award
Program: Partner Organization Investment Program
Approval Date: July 1, 2017
Grant Amount: $1,500
Purpose: To support the Girls 4 Science Winter 2018 Astronomy Module to begin December 2017. Specifically, our grant will fund the bus transportation costs for students registered in this module to travel to and from the Adler Planetarium and the Joliet Junior College Observatory. The grant will also provide funding for the students to attend a program at Adler Planetarium.
Funded Activity Description:  
  • Each module is led by certified instructors that offer noncompetitive, peer-to-peer instruction in state of art laboratories.
  • Students explore each field by conducting experiments and through study in small groups. Each module includes field Trips to museums, zoos, businesses, nature preserves and other sites to supplement and enhance laboratory assignments.
  • Students are mentored to introduce them to women pioneers in science and technology, as well as to professionals and college students who can offer guidance and a friendly ear.
  • Scholarships are available to select 12th graders who have completed at least 12 weeks of the G4S program and seek to apply for undergraduate study in science, technology, math or engineering.
Anticipated outcomes: The students will be given a short pretest before going to the Planetarium, based on information presented during the activity, in order to determine prior knowledge. After going on the trip, the students will be given a post test. We expect students to show a 50% improvement on their performance on the pretest, indicating that they learned new information.
Foundation Liaison: Anthony Williams, PhD
Partner Organization:  Project Exploration
Award: Chelsea & Andre Kozaczka Award
Program: Partner Organization Investment Program
Grant Amount: $1,000
Approval Date: July 1, 2017
Purpose: To support Project Exploration’s Sisters4Science all-girls’ camping trip for a weekend long leadership retreat on September 29-October 1, 2017.
Funded Activity Description:  S4S seeks to positively impact girls’ educational goals, career aspirations, confidence, and attitudes towards science. S4S sessions are held weekly at CPS partner schools, last 90 minutes, and involve 8 to 15 girls per session. Project Exploration recruits female STEM Professionals to lead and facilitate classroom sessions. In addition to science exploration, each session focuses on leadership development, sharing thoughts with one another, and team-building activities. At the end of each semester, S4S girls participate in a Reflection of Knowledge, an event where the girls present what they have learned in the program.
Anticipated outcomes:
  • 60 girls exposed to outdoor camping
  • 75% of girls will express a change in attitude and perception about outdoor activities
  • 80% of girls will develop leadership skills such as communication and presentation
  • 80% of girls will learn about careers in environmental sciences
Foundation Liaison: Kenny Smith, MBA
Partner Organization:  Project Syncere
Award: Chelsea & Andre Kozaczka Award
Program: Student Investment Program
Grant Amount: $1,000
Approval Date: July 1, 2017
Purpose: The award will be used cover the tuition costs of two students to enroll in the in-school 32 week E-Academy program which will begin at the start of the 2017-18 academic year.
Funded Activity Description:  E-CADEMY is an out-of-school time engineering program that is designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 and 9-11 for enrollment in post-secondary STEM programs. The program utilizes the nationally recognized Project Lead The Way curriculum, to teach students how to apply engineering skills to identify problems, create unique solutions and lead their own learning experience. Over the course of 32-weeks during the school year, students work both in teams and individually to develop the skills and knowledge required for success at the post-secondary level.
Anticipated outcomes:
  • Build confidence in one’s ability to succeed
  • Learn to use industry leading software
  • Build a portfolio of work for continued education opportunities
  • Gain skills in communication, critical thinking and collaboration
  • Entrance into a post-secondary institution to major in a STEM discipline
Foundation Liaison: Colette Knuth, PhD