The grant to ASPIRA is part of a larger effort by Exelon Foundation and PECO to support the development of STEM education programs at schools in the region. Earlier this year, the Exelon Foundation and PECO provided a $1 million grant to Widener University for the development of a STEM education program at Widener Partnership Charter School in Chester, PA. PECO also provided a $1 million grant to Drexel University in 2011 for the development of STEM education programs at two West Philadelphia elementary schools.About the Exelon Foundation The Exelon Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization funded solely by Exelon Corporation, an energy company, through shareholder dollars. The Foundation supports non-profit, tax-exempt organizations primarily within the service territories of Exelon and its operating companies. The mission of the Foundation is to encourage respect for the environment and strengthen the social and economic fabric of the community by supporting programs in the areas of environment and conservation, innovative math and science education, and diversity and tolerance. About ASPIRA of Pennsylvania Since 1969, ASPIRA of PA has served vulnerable communities in north Philadelphia by focusing on the education of young people, and developing their leadership potential, self-esteem and pride in their cultural heritage. Since 2008, ASPIRA of PA has founded and operated a variety of charter schools, including traditional charters, a cyber charter and restart schools from the School District of Philadelphia. ASPIRA specializes in serving special student populations, dual language instruction and a holistic approach to youth achievement. ASPIRA of PA’s proven success with increasing student academic proficiency and behavior has enabled the organization to now operate five charter schools and several enrichment programs spanning PreK -12 th grades. For more information: www.aspirapennsylvania.org .