The Gold Award is the highest honor earned by a select group of Girl Scouts who have demonstrated superior leadership, organization and a higher commitment to community service. This year, Gold Award projects covered a range of issues, from anti-bullying campaigns and protecting the environment to tutoring and promoting healthy behaviors. The Gold Award is highly regarded by colleges and universities, the U.S. Armed Services and employers.
On May 6, 2012, at the In Your Honor ceremony at Trinity Washington University, the Girl Scout Council presented 221 Girl Scouts from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia with the Gold Award.
Trinity Washington University President, Patricia McGuire, delivered the keynote address at In Your Honor. Trinity Washington University has a longstanding partnership with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. According to McGuire, “Girl Scouting plays a valuable role empowering girls and young women. We established the Trinity Girl Scout Scholarship program in 2002 to encourage generations of girl leaders to pursue their dreams through education.” Read her full remarks here >
Throughout the history of the scholarship programs, 90 Girl Scouts have benefited and received a total $724,500 directly from the Trinity Girl Scout Scholarship program and an additional $1.16 million in other Trinity grants.
Trinity Washington University awards the following merit scholarships and grants to active Girl Scouts who meet the university’s academic requirements and who choose to attend Trinity Washington University.
In addition, 16 graduating high school seniors were selected after an extensive interview process, to each receive a Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship of $1,000 to assist with college expenses. The following Girl Scouts are recipients of the 2012 Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarships:
Rachel C., Great Falls, VA
Dorean C., Washington, DC
Melissa H., Arlington, VA
Natalie H., Alexandria, VA
Alison J., Rockville, MD
Catrina J., Silver Spring, MD
Ilana K., Rockville, MD
Kayla K., Washington, DC
Leah M., Silver Spring, MD
Forum S., Woodbridge, VA
Christine T., Alexandria, VA
Bethany Anne W., Stephens City, VA
Makeaka W., Gapland, MD
Madison W., Washington, DC
Madison Y., Dumfries, VA
Anne Z., Winchester, VA
Girl Scouts who have been accepted into the College of Arts and Sciences receive the following awards:
- Successfully completed Gold Award: $5,000 annually.
- Successfully completed Silver Award: $4,000 annually.
- Active participant in Girl Scouting: $3,000 annually.
“We are proud of the powerful legacy the Gold Award Girl Scouts are leaving on their community,” said Lidia Soto-Harmon, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. “I am confident that these girls will be powerful agents for progress and change. They are our brightest hope for the future.”