Camelot Illinois Awards Grant Funding to John Wood Community College and Girls 4 Science

CHICAGO – Camelot Illinois announced it has awarded grant funding to support the nonprofit organizations John Wood Community College (JWCC) Foundation and Girls 4 Science (G4S).

“Access to enriching educational opportunities is essential in furthering the development of our communities,” said Keith Horton, General Manager and General Counsel of Camelot Illinois. “Camelot is proud to support these organizations in their efforts to expand access to educational programs.”

The JWCC Foundation will use the funding to purchase laptops and remote learning technology for its College for Life (CFL) program, which is a post-secondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in west central Illinois. The devices will connect students to curriculum during the pandemic and allow students who have transportation issues to participate in ongoing virtual education and social interaction, regardless of financial barriers.

“This generous funding will make an enormous impact on the lives of our CFL students,” said Alan Prewitt, JWCC Grants Compliance Officer and CLF Champion. “Having access to technology allows students to connect with their instructors, their classmates and to complete curriculum assignments. This removes yet another barrier to these students’ desire to experience continuing education, social interaction and development that ultimately enrich their lives.”

G4S is a nonprofit that provides hands-on experiential learning and professional mentorship in science, technology, engineering and math for girls ages 10-18 years old. The organization serves girls in more than 100 zip codes from primarily under-resourced areas of Chicagoland. 

Funding for G4S will provide an additional six-week session of its Saturday STEM Academy. The Academy focuses on developing skills, self-esteem, awareness and relationships to help girls overcome barriers that may prevent them from achieving greater success in STEM fields.

“The Girls 4 Science (G4S) Saturday STEM Academy is unique in this region and fills a critical need to provide accessible, hands-on, high quality scientific programming for young women in the Chicagoland area,” says Anthony Williams, PhD, member of the G4S Board of Directors. “We thank Camelot Illinois for its financial contribution and we are excited to partner with them in our endeavor to create sustainable pipelines for women of color in STEM careers.” 

The Camelot Illinois Grant Program promotes community and neighborhood development by funding programs that foster educational opportunities and support technological initiatives. Grants are awarded to eligible non-profit organizations four times per year. Annual grant reviews take place in January, April, July, and October.

Interested applicants can learn more information about the Camelot Illinois Grant Program, including details on how to apply, at www.camelotillinois.com/grants/

JWCC-CFL students pictured with President Michael Elbe

Girls 4 Science students