Results tagged “Gold Award” from Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama

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Earning a Gold Award is not easy -- but the rewards, for yourself, your community, and your future are worth the effort.

We ask Gold Awardees to give other Girl Scouts who are considering a Gold Award Project a realistic idea of what is involved. Below, Adrienne Spivey tells us about the challenges and rewards she encountered while implementing her project.

Project: Understanding the Early Stages of Alzheimer's Disease for Kids

Adrienne's Gold Award project involved educating children about Alzheimer's disease. She created and produced a video to help children understand changes they may see in their elderly relatives and feel more confident interacting with them.

 

How did you come up with your idea?  

 My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease when I was very young. I didn't understand why she would do or say certain things. With my project, I wanted to help other kids with the same problem I had.

 

Were you intimidated by the scale of the project? 

 Not really. I came into the project knowing its importance, and that actually inspired me, rather than intimidated me.

 

How did you keep up the momentum for the project? 

 I handed out cards with the link to my video on Youtube at local senior centers, Alzheimer's care groups, and the classes I presented my video to. Teachers at the schools I presented at even came up to me and asked for cards!

 

Were you ever discouraged? If so, what did you do to overcome that?

 Never. I wanted to earn this award more than anything, and I knew how much it would help others.

 

Can you tell us a little story about some part of your project that was special to you?

  Every time I presented the video, the kids would have great feedback. At one presentation, a little girl asked me "How do you join your troop?" I replied with "Do you mean how do you join Girl Scouts?" She then said "No, how do I join your troop?" It was so sweet and touching. Not only had I inspired her to join Girl Scouts, but she wanted to be in a troop with me. It was so cute.

 

How will people benefit from this?  

 Little kids who are confused by their grandparents' symptoms of Alzheimer's will have explanations for their grandparents' behavior and answers to their questions.

 

How did you feel after you finished?

 I felt so proud and that I had really accomplished something great. I truly believe that I've made a lasting impact and that I've helped - and will continue to help - kids confused by the disease.

 

What advice would you give to other girls considering a Gold Award?

 I understand that it's difficult to juggle school, activities, and work, so I understand how taking on a serious Girl Scout project could seem impossible. Think about the difference you will make by doing it, though. Think about the lives you'll change. Think about how you'll be campaigning for something you not only believe in, but that you created. This project may seem overwhelming, and even be a bit challenging at times, but the outcome and the rewards are worth it all.

 

Your Gold Project made a change for the better in your community.  Did it change you

I realized how many kids are going through what I went through. I learned how to talk and relate to different age groups, and I definitely think I improved my public speaking skills. From this experience, I will take away a sense of pride from helping little kids understand the early stages of Alzheimer's, and from earning such a prestigious award.

 

 

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Earning a Gold Award is not easy -- but the rewards, for yourself, your community, and your future are worth the effort.

We ask Gold Awardees to give other Girl Scouts who are considering a Gold Award Project a realistic idea of what is involved. Below, Ann Claire Carnahan tells us about the challenges and rewards she encountered while implementing her project.

Project: Keep Mobile Beautiful in Touch
Ann Claire worked with Keep Mobile Beautiful to create a website for their organization. She used social media and presentations to bring awareness to the public about the services they offer.


How did you come up with your idea?  

            I've always been passionate about conservation of the environment and volunteering for Keep Mobile Beautiful, so when I was searching for a community need that needed addressing, I immediately spoke to the staff of Keep Mobile Beautiful, which is a local environmental not-for-profit city organization. I was expecting to work to develop some kind of educational program or another litter cleanup program, or something of the sort, but they surprised me by telling me that what they really needed was a website. I had never studied web design before in my entire life, but I wanted to help the organization in a meaningful way, so I took on the challenge and developed my project from their, around the framework of a new website.

 

Were you intimidated by the scale of the project? 

            Initially, yes, I was very intimidated. I did not know anything at all about web design and construction, and I did not know where to look to learn about it. But, as soon as I started finding useful research and awesome contacts of volunteers who were willing and eager to help, I gained confidence and became more excited and less intimidated, more eager to work towards completion of my project.

 

 How did you keep up the momentum for the project? 

            Sheer determination. I was in charge of all scheduling and arranging all of the meetings and various steps of progress throughout the timeline of my project, so to be sure that everything was progressing as it should I had to maintain all of my contacts and make sure that my contacts were able and willing to plan and then stick to the arrangements. At times, it was difficult to keep the project moving, especially because I was creating a website that represents a city organization, so I had to work in a professional work place and juggle the staff and volunteers there and their professional responsibilities, along with the busy schedules of all of my other volunteers, which was one of the obstacles that slowed my momentum. But, I was very passionate about my issue and determined to see the project through to the end, so I kept up my contacts and maintained communication to move the process forward.

 

Were you ever discouraged? If so, what did you do to overcome that?

            Yes. Web design and construction is very slow and tedious, and difficult to learn how to do well if you have never worked in that area before. By the time I had completed my first draft of the website, I had put many hours into it and it had been very slow, difficult, and many times discouraging, but I pushed through to launch it onto the internet. And, disaster struck. The website had not been properly formatted, so it looked wrong and uneven and disrupted on different computers, depending on whether or not the computer had a Mac or Windows operating system. I was hugely frustrated and very discouraged. At first, I did not want to continue, because I felt like all of my work had been for nothing. But, I really wanted to help Keep Mobile Beautiful, and I had volunteers helping me with my project who worked professionally in web design and maintenance who were eager and willing to help me reconstruct the website and create a workable format that looked clean and neat on all different types of computers and electronic devices.

 

Tell us about an unexpected challenge in your project and how you addressed it.

            When I launched my website for the first time, it fell into complete disarray. The project that I had been working on for months, for hours upon end was a disaster and I did not know what to do or what step to take to fix it all, because I had been teaching myself how to do everything, for the most part. I could not find any kind of solution, and at first it all seemed very hopeless. But, the contacts who had been my resources whenever I had run into questions about web design and maintenance came to my rescue once more and helped me to solve the problem. And then, what had once seemed hopeless didn't seem to be such a big deal anymore. The website was quickly formatted into very clean, neat tables that were easily accessible on any computer or electronic device, and I could then move into the final part of my project, of advocacy, without a problem.

 

How will people benefit from this?  

            The website I created (www.keepmobilebeautiful.org) is a fantastic resource for the city of Mobile, and it is very easily accessed. For years to come, the website will enable a two-way easy avenue of communication between Keep Mobile Beautiful and the community of the Mobile public to further improve recycling, beautification, and litter prevention throughout the city.

 

How did you feel after you finished?

            Thrilled! I was overjoyed that the website was such a great success and that it is a powerful tool for the organization to use in communication with the Mobile public. I am excited that Keep Mobile Beautiful's need has been met, and that the website will be well maintained, and continue to grow and change over time to improve and help the organization even more, rather than just remain the same. I was so excited to have completed a project that was such a huge challenge, that I never thought I could have done before I pursued my Gold Award.

 

What advice would you give to other girls considering a Gold Award?

            I would advise girls to align themselves with a community organization that already has a need you can work towards fixing. I found that the ideas I came up with, to help Keep Mobile Beautiful would have been useless to them, but they were able to give me a jumping off point from which I could formulate a project that would really help them in the long run. Listening to the organization's needs gave me the framework I needed to construct an airtight, meaningful project. I also had the keep Mobile Beautiful Staff and volunteers there as a resource for me every step of the way for information and volunteer work to help my project succeed.

 

Your Gold Project made a change for the better in your community.  Did it change you?             Throughout this experience, I have learned many new skills and lessons that I know will serve me later on in life as I move towards college and the professional world thereafter, of communication and leadership. Above all else, I have learned how to persevere despite the challenges that arise. When I started, I knew my project was going to be tough, but I did not anticipate just how many different, stressful challenges I would face throughout the process. The project was extremely difficult, but I knew that Keep Mobile Beautiful really needed what I was working towards so I faced each challenge head on and persevered to finish my Gold Award.    

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Earning a Gold Award is not easy -- but the rewards, for yourself, your community, and your future are worth the effort. 

We ask Gold Awardees to give other Girl Scouts who are considering a Gold Award Project a realistic idea of what is involved.  Below, Madeleine O'Mara tells us about the challenges and rewards she encountered while implementing her project.

How did you come up with your idea? 

The Girl Scout Law states that as a Girl Scout "I promise to use resources wisely..."  I thought that starting a recycling program at my school would be a great way to uphold this Girl Scout Law.

 

Were you intimidated by the scale of the project? 

I wasn't really intimidated by the idea of the program.  I did a lot of research and I bounced ideas off of my parents and school principal and this helped make implementing the program easy.

 

 How did you keep up the momentum for the project? 

My classmates have gotten used to the recycling bins and it has become second nature for them to recycle paper and plastic water bottles.  Every Friday afternoon, we go around and empty the bins and bring the recyclables to a nearby recycling drop-off.

 

Can you tell us a little story about some part of your project that was special to you? Well, I knew my recycling program was working when I noticed the amount of recyclables was increasing each week.  One day a classmate came up to me and told me that he had brought his recyclables from his home and that he would bring them to school each week so that it would be recycled and not thrown in the trash.

 

How will people benefit from this?  

It is so much better for us to be recycling materials instead of dumping everything into landfills.  Our environment benefits and therefore, so do we.

 

How did you feel after you finished?

It is great to be finished with the formal part of the Gold Award.  I am still managing the recycling at school and I am anxious for the city of Montgomery to have the new recycling facility available so that everyone will be recycling

 

What advice would you give to other girls considering a Gold Award?

I know that high school can be difficult and it seems like it is hard to find time for everything, but it is important to focus on a quality project and make an impact in your community.  I am very busy and I have the most demanding schedule that my school offers, but I found the time and I feel great because I achieved this.

 

Your Gold Project made a change for the better in your community.  Did it change you?

I guess that I take away from this project that if you put your mind to making a change or helping your community it is possible to do it.  You need a good support system and the desire to see things through.  I like to finish everything I start.  I had previously earned both my Bronze and Silver Awards, so I knew I could do this, I just had to be organized and set time aside to get this done.

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Earning a Gold Award is not easy -- but the rewards, for yourself, your community, and your future are worth the effort. 

We ask Gold Awardees to give other Girl Scouts who are considering a Gold Award Project a realistic idea of what is involved.  Below, Stephanie Schisler tells us about the challenges and rewards she encountered while implementing her project.

How did you come up with your idea?
At first, I looked around the downtown, comparing it with other downtowns, trying to find something our downtown didn't have that those other downtowns did have. I was going to do a sprinkler playground for kids, but when I examined the cost and possibility of this project being completed in my projected time, I realized it wasn't feasible. It wasn't until I started examining the smaller communities around my school 'til I found a project worth working on - The Dale County Christian School Library.

Were you intimidated by the scale of this project?
At first, no, I wasn't. But, it wasn't until I started getting into the main part of the project when I started wondering what I had gotten myself into.

How did you keep up the momentum for the project
Up until the time I started getting distraught about my project, I really didn't have a hard time keeping up, because it was mainly taking books off shelves, writing letters, etc. When the book organizing, labeling, cataloging, and shelving came into play, I really didn't know what to do except "keep swimming".

Were you ever discouraged? If so, what did you do to overcome that?
Yes, once or twice I got discouraged. The book sorting, cataloging, and shelving really got me. Things were set back several times because something was done wrong. When shelving, I thought the books were never going to end because there were so many.

I just kept thinking that there were only a few more books left to put up before I was done. That and that the project was almost done.

Can you tell us a story about some part of your project that was special to you?
It was during the portion of the project when I was shelving all the books. Many people were so enthusiastic about the library that they kept donating boxes of books. I would get pretty far shelving them and a new box of books were donated. So, I had to move books down - shelves at a time - so that I would have more room on the shelves for the new books. This happened several times during my project.

How will people benefit from this?

·         Fewer detentions from lateness of books should be handed out at school.

·         Students will have higher grades.

·         Students and teachers will have a better time checking out books in the library.

·         Youth going to Ewell Bible Baptist Church will have an extra source of information.

·         Books are the source of knowledge. Students will gain that knowledge provided by those books.

 

How did you feel after you finished?
In a word, relieved. I know that I won't have to go back there and spend all day every day putting up books or something.

What advice would you give to other girls considering a Gold Award?
"Don't give up. Be relentless in your project. It's worth it in the end." My mottos for the project were "The harder it gets, the closer you are to finishing it." and "Just keep swimming!" - Dory from Finding Nemo

Your Gold Project made a change for the better in your community.  What will you take away from this project?
Did it change me? I'm going to have to say yes. This project made a big impact not only in other's lives but also in mine. I am a little bit of a 'in charge' type of person. This project made me realize that not everyone likes to be followers and be told what to do. In rare moments during this project, I was taken out of my leadership position and put in a follower's place. It felt different and was an eye-opener on how others view things, giving me not only the leadership point-of-view but also the follower's perspective of things causing me to have better judgment on telling people how to do things.

I definitely learned new skills. Library cataloging is more difficult than it looks but at the same time easy. You have to order the books on the shelves by last name of the author. After you do that, you have to add them all in to the computer system. Once you have them on the system, next comes the easy part. You find all the barcode labels for all the books. For those books that don't have barcode labels or even ISBN (International Standard Book Number) codes, you make one for that specific book using a ISBN generator. Then, You print off the barcode stickers, find the corresponding book, put the label on the inside of the front cover. Organization and time management are skills that I brushed up on while I was working on this project. Those were used countless times.

What will I take away from this experience? All of the above plus some others. Determination is one. When I go into a book store, much less a library, I have to struggle to stop myself from looking at every last book in there and getting ten of them. Throughout this project, I had to stop myself countless times from reading a book when I'm supposed to be doing something totally different. Another is the desire to volunteer again. I am really happy knowing all my hard work I put into the library will not go to waste. The students will use it. The teachers will use it. Church youth will use it. Everybody benefits.

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Earning a Gold Award is not easy -- but the rewards, for yourself, your community, and your future are worth the effort. 

We ask Gold Awardees to give other Girl Scouts who are considering a Gold Award Project a realistic idea of what is involved.  Below, Elizabeth Schloss tells us about the challenges and rewards she encountered while implementing her project.

How did you come up with your idea?          My mom is a teacher at Daniel Pratt Elementary School in Prattville, AL and she had some EL (English Learners) students in her class who were having trouble with basic English skills. I soon got in touch with Lori McCrory, the EL teacher in Autauga County at the time, and she told me how much trouble all of the students were having because they do not speak English in their homes. So, I decided to start tutoring sessions to help these students and their parents.

 Were you intimidated by the scale of the project? 
Yes. At a first glance, all of the requirements and paperwork seem very intimidating but as I started, taking everything one step at a time, the project seemed to go smoothly and it became easier than it first seemed to be.

How did you keep up the momentum for the project?
Once I got everything figured out and all of the dates set up, everything ran very smoothly. A way that I kept the momentum going for my project was by keeping everyone (all of the people involved) informed and by continuing to advertise to new people and those already involved.

Were you ever discouraged? If so, what did you do to overcome that?
There were some discouraging moments, including not having enough helpers at some sessions and not having any students at some other sessions. The only way to overcome this discouragement is to keep mobbing forward with the project and know that everyone has trouble sometimes but we all get through it. I kept the sessions going on the scheduled dates and continued to advertise the sessions to more and more people. The best way to overcome such discouragement is to never give up.

Can you tell us a little story about some part of your project that was special to you?
At the largest tutoring session we had, there was a man who came in to be tutored and as the helpers were teaching him English, he was teaching them Spanish. It was very funny, but nice at the same time to see them having fun while learning how to communicate effectively with each other.

I scheduled the dates for my tutoring sessions before I found out my own schedule for the Prattville High School band and some of the dates ended up being the same. I was very worried about fixing this problem and I didn't want to change the dates because that would have inconvenienced more people. I eventually got one of my friends who had been to a couple of the sessions already to run them on the days that I could not be there and everything worked out.

At the very end of my project, I donated $150 to St. Joseph's Catholic Church for letting me use their facilities. The secretary there, Robin, whom I have gotten to know very well through this project, cried when I handed her the check. It was very touching to see that I had made such an impact on her and the church with the program and my donation.

How will people benefit from this?
The people that came to my sessions now have more knowledge of the English language and can better participate in the American culture. As the language barrier between these communities is being broken down, we become closer and each other and can gradually combine the communities to become one instead of being separated.

How did you feel after you finished? 
Once I finished, I felt more confident in myself and my abilities. I have always heard that one person can make a huge change, and now I know that this is true. I feel that I have made a difference in my community by starting small and building up.

What advice would you give to other girls considering a Gold Award? 
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on't give up, even if it seems like that is your only option. Plan for everything, even the small stuff. Learn from every mistake. Keep people informed (advertising, emails). Know that what you are doing is making a huge impact on you, the community, and the world. You can accomplish more than you think you can, so never give up on yourself.

Your Gold Project made a change for the better in your community. What will you take away from this experience? 
This project gave me a chance to find myself, in a way. I became more confident in myself and my abilities. I know that I can make a change and I have made a change to better my community. Before I started my project, I was unaware of the large population of non-English speakers in my community, and now I feel more connected because I know more people. This project increased my awareness of other people and their situations and feelings. I enjoyed tutoring a lot, which helped me to confirm my want to become a teacher. This experience has also taught me to lead by example. Being a leader is not about telling others what to do and not doing anything yourself; the best leaders are those who lead by example.


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Earning a Gold Award is not easy -- but the rewards, for yourself, your community, and your future are worth the effort. 


We ask Gold Awardees to give other Girl Scouts who are considering a Gold Award Project a realistic idea of what is involved.  Below, Madison Darling tells us about the challenges and rewards she encountered while implementing her project.

 

How did you come up with your idea?  

As Flute Head Section Leader in my high school band I was responsible for 23 girls of various backgrounds. I was able to witness how varying levels of communication skills between parents and teens affected overall success in both school and band. This prompted me to take action

 

Were you intimidated by the scale of the project? 

At first I wasn't because I had no idea how much work it would take, but once I started planning and organizing I realized how big it really was. Then I was intimidated. There were so many people and details I had to interact with and compile that it was very intimidating.

 

 How did you keep up the momentum for the project? 

Earning the Gold Award was a goal I set for myself 12 years ago and after all this time, I didn't want to just give up when I was so close to the finish line. I knew I would regret it if I didn't follow it through.

 

Were you ever discouraged? If so, what did you do to overcome that?

I was discouraged several times because I was interacting with so many people who did not always follow through on a task. However, I overcame it by discussing it with my advisor and learning from my mistakes, that way, in the future, I wouldn't be discouraged the same way again.

 

Can you tell us a little story about some part of your project that was special to you?  

For my first clinic, I ordered 10 pizzas; however, I only had 7 people show up. I was stuck with 7 pizzas left and it was 8:30 at night and I had no idea what I was going to do with all of these pizzas! Then the pastor at the church that hosted my clinic told me there was a substance abuse support group meeting next door. So I took all of the pizzas over there where 20 people were meeting to work through their addictions and improve their lives. I was very glad we could help them by providing this meal.


How will people benefit from your project?  

Once you learn something or experience something it stays with you, since people learned and experienced what it would be like to have better communication skills from my project, in the future they can call upon this knowledge and use it to improve their lives.

 

How did you feel after you finished?

I felt very accomplished and very proud of myself.

 

What advice would you give to other girls considering a Gold Award?

Pick a project or an idea that you love. It would have been so much harder to work on my project if I wasn't passionate about the topic.

 

Your Gold Project made a change for the better in your community; did it change you? 

It changed me so much; ultimately, it made me a better leader and a more mature person. I learned a lot about how to communicate with people in different ways; I also learned many skills that will help me for the rest of my life: in college and in the workplace. 


Our thanks to Madison for sharing her thoughts with us. Congratulations!



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Earning a Gold Award is not easy -- but the rewards, for yourself, your community, and your future are worth the effort. 


We ask Gold Awardees to give other Girl Scouts who are considering a Gold Award Project a realistic idea of what is involved.  Below, Maddie Tomaso tells us about the ups and downs of her experience implementing her project.

 

How did you come up with your idea? I have always loved reading.  I felt that through my love of reading, I could encourage other teens to help volunteer, as well as work with different agencies to help promote literacy. 

 

Were you intimidated by the scale of the project? 
The length of time needed to complete the project was very long.  The amount of impacts needed and the initial writing of the proposal was very hard. Trying to plan and convey my ideas to the committee was very hard.

 

 How did you keep up the momentum for the project? 
Keeping the momentum up was easy because I established a council that met twice a month to discuss issues, plan events, and prepare for tutoring.  By having meetings on a regular basis, members were held accountable. 

 

Were you ever discouraged? If so, what did you do to overcome that?

Collecting money and the teen literacy council not being sponsored was very difficult.  I was very discouraged after my first meeting and the length of time before I was able to meet again was very frustrating.  I felt that I needed to get cracking, yet needed to wait for the go ahead. 

 

Can you tell us a little story about some part of your project that was special to you? I believe having another teacher from another school contact me regarding our Teen Literacy Council asking for help.  We were able to help her out and even donated books to the head start program.  She later sent an email to the sponsor teacher as well as the principal. Having the interest of another organization outside of Girl Scouts really confirmed that I chose the correct project.

 

How will people benefit from this?  

Students at Fairhope High School will benefit because they will be in leadership positions.  I also believe that the Boys and Girls Club will also benefit from the constant support of the high school students.  Having a relationship with the elementary library as well as the public library will be great for all of the elementary school principals. 

 

How did you feel after you finished?

I am still not finished with the volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club.  I will even be a paid employee this summer gaining valuable work experience.  When I finished my final paperwork, I felt overjoyed.  Having to finish the final paperwork and the final weeks of high school was so, so hard.  However, it would have not nearly been as effective project had I started when I was younger.  I felt that I would not have had the communication skills to deal with issues from the committee, principals, directors of Boys and Girls Club, as well as other activities.

 

What advice would you give to other girls considering a Gold Award?

Communicate.  Using your communication skills to secure your project is vital.  Being able to discuss concepts and organized your thoughts is so important not only for the committee but for all the skills you will need.  I put my final project into a power point.  It helped me to stay an topic for the final review and looked amazing 

 

Your Gold Project made a change for the better in your community; did it change you?

Being able to communicate ideas with adults was by far one of the best skills that I learned during this process.   I had to approach many different agencies as well as communicate with peers.


Our thanks to Maddie for sharing these insights with us!

Our very own Erin not only earned her Gold Award, but was also recognized at the GSUSA National Convention as one of the top 10 Gold Award recipients in the nation.  Here she is talking about her project and the personal challenges she faced.  We are so proud to recognize Erin as a Gold Award recipient and a member of Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama.


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Our own Erin  has been selected as one of GSUSA's National Young Women of Distinction. Erin earned her Gold Award in 2009 with her project "Life's Landing Pad" and is one of only 10 girls nationwide selected for this award. 

Read more about Erin's project on the GSUSA website http://www.girlscouts.org/convention/whats_happening/ywod.asp. Erin is a 2009 graduate of Citronelle High School, and is currently a junior at Judson College.  She will speak at the National Convention in Houston this November, where she will receive her award and a scholarship. 

Congratulations, Erin! We're so proud of you!

Join older girls from Southern Alabama and Florida Panhandle for Silver and Gold training under the new Journeys standards. Girls must bring leader or advisor and adults are limited to the suggested girl/adult ratio. Girls will do training for awards, leadership development, team building and fun activities.

 

Where: Camp Kugelman in Lillian

Check in: 9 a.m. Saturday, August 28

Check Out: 10 a.m. Sunday, August 29

Cost: $25 girls and adults (includes meals, snacks, lodging, materials)

Optional Night: Friday- Sunday, $30 check in 8 p.m. Friday (includes snack Friday night and Breakfast Sat.)

Grade Levels: Open to 6th-12th grade girls interested in earning the Silver or Gold award

Minimum: 18; maximum 50

Registrations due: Mobile Service Center by August 13

Contact: Mary Anne Brutkiewicz, ext. 1202 or mbrutkiewicz@girlscoutssa.org

 

Note: This is a collaboration between Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama and Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle. Future Take Action weekends will take place at other camps in our jurisdiction.

 


Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama offers two college scholarships and a lifetime membership scholarship to deserving girls

The deadline for all scholarships is March 1.

 

Named in honor of a past Girl Scouts of the Deep South board president, the Loucretia Hollingsworth Scholarship of $1,000 is awarded each year to a graduating senior Girl Scout who will be enrolled full time at an accredited college or university.

The aim of this scholarship is to reach the girl who may or may not have outstanding academic achievements, but has the ability to develop in college and who has demonstrated a commitment to helping other people.

Selections will be based first and foremost on the applicant's contribution to society through service and her desire to continue this contribution through a career of helping others.

 

The Ellen Autrey Anderson Girl Scout Award is named in honor of a past Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of South Central Alabama, and donated by her family. This one-time scholarship of $500 is awarded annually to a graduating Senior Girl Scout who best meets the scholarship criteria. Applicants must be enrolled full time in an accredited college or university, have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award through Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, and have a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

 

The Blanchard Hinton Lifetime Membership Scholarship is awarded yearly to a deserving Girl Scout who plans to continue to be active as an adult volunteer. An essay is required.

The Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory of Corinne Schillings, a 26- year-old woman who lost her life in the Baltimore Water Taxi accident on March 6, 2004. Corinne was a Silver Award Girl Scout and a 1999 graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Corinne received her undergraduate degree in foreign languages, majoring in Italian; she also studied Spanish, French, and Portuguese. She spent two semesters studying in Italy, first in Florence and then Milan. During her study abroad in Florence, Corinne met her future fiancé, Andrew Roccella, who also died in the accident. Corinne believed strongly in higher education for women and in learning about various cultures through language. The foundation will award scholarships and grants to deserving young women who reflect Corinne's aspirations, values, and enthusiasm for life.

 

Scholarship: The foundation will award scholarships to deserving young women who have earned the Girl Scout Gold or Silver Award and who plan to or are currently pursuing a college major or minor in foreign language. This scholarship is renewable.

 

Grant: The foundation will provide airfare for a Silver or Gold Award Girl Scout who plans to study abroad, regardless of her major/minor. It is not necessary to be a scholarship recipient to apply for this one-time grant; nor are scholarship recipients excluded from applying. This grant is not renewable.

 

Application Deadline: May 15

For further information about Corinne, the foundation, or to obtain the downloadable scholarship and grant applications, visit the foundation's Web site at: http://www.cjsfoundation.org or contact by email at: dschillings@cjsfoundation.org or by phone at: 708-957-3684 or 630-886-0507.

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My name is Haley E. and my Gold Award Project is called "SilverBells" .  This is an adoption of Elderly residents in the local nursing homes in Baldwin County for Christmas gifts!  I have 150 'Silver Bells" that need adopting, and I am hoping that my sister Girl Scout troops can help.

I have placed my "Silver Bells" at Fairhope Phsycial Therapy Center and at The Blue Marlin.  I will also bring some of my Silver Bells to the Council office after Thanksgiving.

If any one would like to adopt a 'Silver Bell"  they can email me at  SilverBells08@bellsouth.net.   I can email them a Silver Bell of their choice to them.

Thanks for your help!

Haley
Girl Scout Troop 8311

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