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Southwestern Energy Partners with CFOV to Provide STEM Grant Opportunity

The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV) is pleased to announce a new strategic grant partnership with Southwestern Energy (SWN) that will support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.  This partnership will provide mini-grant opportunities for K-12 educators in Brooke, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel county public school systems who seek to incorporate STEM concepts into the classroom.

SWN’s ongoing commitment to STEM education supports the energy company’s desire to be an active corporate citizen while enhancing elements of the educational process.  These mini-grants will provide up to $500 for area teachers to explore unique ways to enrich student learning that may not otherwise be possible.

“We are thrilled to present STEM grants to educators teaching in our core area of operations,” said Amy Dobkin, community relations manager, Southwestern Energy. “Creating opportunities for elementary, middle and high school students to have an enhanced experience in the classroom is important to Southwestern Energy. We are excited to provide teachers another tool for their toolbox, and encourage teachers in Brooke, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties to apply.”

The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley will administer the fund, which will include a competitive grant application cycle.  Applications will be reviewed by CFOV staff and then forwarded to SWN for award recommendations.

“We are pleased to partner with SWN on this unique opportunity for our area’s educators.  STEM education is relevant and essential for students and the experiences provided through these grants may expose young learners to a future career,” shared Susie Nelson, executive director of CFOV.

The grant cycle will open September 3, with applications being accepted through October 16.  For an application and more information on the SWN STEM Grant Program, please visit www.cfov.org/southwestern-energy/, call CFOV at 304-242-3144 or email debbie@cfov.org.