L’Oréal USA continues to broaden its scope of programs to encourage the next generation of girls in science, technology, engineering and math.

Most recently, The L’Oréal USA for Women in Science program announced the winners of its newly established program, Changing the Face of STEM Mentoring Grants. Members of the U.S. FWIS alumni network were invited to apply for one of four $2,500 grants to help fund new or existing mentoring projects in their communities. The awards will be administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, L’Oréal USA’s official FWIS partner.

“The Changing the Face of STEM Mentoring Grants build upon the For Women in Science program’s commitment to inspiring the next generation of girls in STEM,” said Lauren Paige, vice president of Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives at L’Oréal USA. “We applaud all of our grantees for their innovative projects and ongoing dedication to supporting STEM education in their communities.”

The four fellows and projects awarded exemplify a broad range of activities designed to engage girls in STEM: 2010 fellow Dr. M. Nia Madison will create a two-day Microbiology Girls Club workshop for minority high school students; 2014 fellow Dr. Lauren O’Connell will double her K-12 “Little Froggers School Program” which provides science classrooms with frog terrariums and educational tools; 2005 fellow Dr. Cindy Quezada will develop a hands-on internship program for underrepresented community college students at a local hospital and botanical garden, and 2013 fellow Dr. Luisa Whittaker-Brooks will broaden a one-day Expanding Your Horizon STEM conference for disadvantaged middle and high-school girls.

“I graduated with a major in science, but didn’t fully realize how many career paths I could follow in this field,” said Quezada, 2005 FWIS fellow and CTFS grant winner. “The Changing the Face of STEM Mentoring Grant has enabled me to create and fund a program that is exposing young women to the different career choices in science, especially those that can help solve some of the global challenges we are currently facing.”

The L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science program is a global philanthropy that recognizes and rewards women scientists around the world at critical stages in their career. Since the worldwide program began in 1998, more than 2,250 scientists in over 110 countries have been awarded for their work. In the U.S., the For Women in Science program rewards post-doctoral women scientists for their contributions in STEM fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. Now in its 13th year in the U.S., the program has awarded 60 post-doctoral women scientists nearly $3 million in grants.