Girl Scouts receive $500K grant for STEM program

Girl Scout Zoe Townsend participates in a STEM activity with Girl Scouts Chesapeake Bay Program Coordinator Danielle Lubbers in fall 2020.

NEWARK, Del. — The Longwood Foundation Trustees recently awarded Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay a $500,000 grant to help the council serve girls through Girl Scout’s STEM programming.

“We are ecstatic to be able to continue offering girl-led STEM programming through these tough times,” said CEO Claudia Peña Porretti. “Through the Longwood Foundation Grant we will continue offering girls a hands-on experience in a safe environment.”

The Longwood Foundation’s support of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay will give thousands of girls the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts and STEM-inspired Program on the Move curriculum, along with the council’s entrepreneurial and outdoor programs.

The Longwood Foundation was founded in 1937 initially to support the operation of Longwood Gardens and the funding of various community projects. Through their values of philanthropic leadership, the impact has spread empowering individuals and communities in Delaware and the southern portion of Chester County to lead through the arts, civics, education, environment, health and hospitals, housing and social services.

Over one hundred years ago, the first Girl Scout troop was founded on the Delmarva Peninsula. Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay helps girls discover their strengths, passions and talents. Today, we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place with programs for girls in 14 counties in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. Visit for more information.

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