The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is one of the recipients of the If/Then grants. It has created a “Whynauts” series, where “students engage the inspirational world of science at home or in the classroom, meeting real-life scientist heroes and discovering their possible science futures today,” said Dr. Linda Silver, the C.E.O. of the Perot Museum. Photo courtesy of the Perot Museum.

Nonprofits based in Preston Hollow received grants from the Texas Women’s Foundation to highlight women in STEM fields.

The Frontiers of Flight Museum and United to Learn were two of the 29 organizations in Dallas-Fort Worth that received part of the more than $630,000 donations gifted by Lyda Hill Philanthropies, according to a press release. Recipients of the grants could use the money to print banners and posters or update marketing materials, for example, as a way to expand use of the If/Then collection.

The collection is a free resource containing photos, videos and biographies of 125 diverse women in STEM careers and roles. It is part of the If/Then Initiative, a project sponsored by Lyda Hill Philanthropies that aims to encourage girls to work toward STEM careers and change the perception of women in STEM.

“The goal is for girls everywhere to see STEM as exciting, relevant and cool, and seeding the visual world around us with images of relatable women is key to making this happen,” said Lyda Hill, the founder of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, in a press release. “Because if she can see it, then she can be it.”

Recipients applied from grants through the If/Then Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation in November 2020 and received the awards earlier this year.


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