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American Water Charitable Foundation Awards $375,000 in STEM Education Grants

The American Water Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization established by Camden-based American Water, awarded a combined total of $375,000 to 25 organizations in 11 states across the U.S., supporting communities served by American Water through the 2022 STEM (science, technology, education, math) Education grant program.

“The American Water Charitable Foundation is proud to partner with organizations that provide students access to educational STEM-focused curricular and extracurricular programs,” said Carrie Williams, President, American Water Charitable Foundation. “The STEM Education grant program will help inspire students of all ages to learn about the importance of STEM and related career opportunities.”

The STEM Education grant is part of the Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program, which focuses on three pillars of giving: Water, People and Communities. The total award of $375,000 will support high-impact projects and initiatives that further American Water’s commitment to supporting ESG, as well as inclusion, diversity and equity.

Grant recipients positively impact local communities and directly align with American Water’s regulated state subsidiaries in California, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Regional events to celebrate local efforts are being coordinated and will be announced at a later date.

In recognition of National Engineers Week beginning next week, the American Water Charitable Foundation is proud to announce the 2022 STEM Education grant recipients are:

  • Silicon Valley Education Foundation
  • PS Science
  • American River Parkway Foundation
  • We Care Solar
  • Peoria Friendship House
  • Sun Foundation for Advancement in the Environmental Sciences and Arts
  • Edwardsville Children’s Museum
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley
  • Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council
  • Fayette County Public Schools
  • Seed St. Louis
  • Challenger Learning Center of St. Louis
  • Students 2 Science
  • Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey
  • YMIC Foundation
  • Venture Outdoors
  • ACLAMO Family Centers
  • YMCA of Wilkes-Barre
  • Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga
  • Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga
  • Hopewell High School
  • Wesley Housing Development Corporation of Northern Virginia
  • Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia
  • Marshall University Foundation

“The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences is committed to being an educational resource for the entire state, and thanks to the American Water Charitable Foundation’s grant, we’re able to take our engaging, hands-on STEAM exhibits to schools, community centers, malls and libraries across West Virginia. Through activities like creating circuits, building bridges and using compasses, the first Clay2Go mobile exhibit brings STEM concepts to life and helps children discover that science is fun!”, said Al Najjar, Clay Center President & CEO.

Due to the volume of grant applications received, each application was evaluated on a competitive basis, funding programs with strong impacts and measurable outcomes that align with the Foundation’s funding priorities.

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