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Future Leaders Scholarship

Girl Scouts of Maine Future Leaders Scholarship

Girl Scouts of Maine is dedicated to preparing girls for a lifetime of leadership—in their own life and in the world. As women, we face a number of unique challenges but we also have an unparalleled reach to make positive impacts and Girl Scouts is deeply committed to filing a pipeline of women leaders to make those impacts.

For graduating seniors who are about to embark on their adulthood journey, we hope you will keep your passion for issues that are important to you and make this passion part of your life long into the future.

Girl Scouts of Maine is very proud to present our second annual Future Leader Scholarships to Girl Scouts who exemplify our goal of leadership development. We had many exceptional applicants and we want to say thank you to all who applied and wish we could have given you all an award.

On May 11, 2019 at our Annual Meeting and G.I.R.L. Celebration we awarded $10,500 to 5 very deserving young women who best answered and presented their thoughts on these questions:

  • How has Girl Scouts made a difference in your life?
  • What do you see as the biggest challenge facing girls and women today?
  • In 5 years, how do you see yourself addressing this challenge?

The Gold Level Future Leaders Scholarship and the Jo Stevens Scholarship are awarded to Christa Carr, a Girl Scout from Pittsfield who is a senior at Maine Central Institute and will be attending Springfield College to major Athletic Training in the fall. Christa states that “Girl Scouts has been a driving force in my life”, she has learned an array of relevant life and outdoor skills that have built her confidence to put these skills to the test. A notable experience with Girl Scouts was learning from her mistakes and growing as a person as a result. She sees equality for women as a major challenge in the world and hopes to pave the way for girls to achieve high leadership positions. In the male dominated Athletic Training profession, she hopes to be a role model for other women to enter into this arena.

A Silver Level Future Leaders Scholarship was awarded to Madeline Shields, a Girl Scout from Scarborough High School who will attend St. Olaf’s College this fall. Girl Scouts has had a huge impact on her life with travel opportunities, making good friends, and identifying world problems that might be solved by working together. Girl Scout has helped her face challenges head-on and not be afraid of them. She believes a major challenge today is the stereotyping of girls and women and especially the wage gap between men and women workers. To address this issue, she plans on voting when she turns 18, and registering new voters in college. She will encourage others to support candidates who empower women and who represent her interests and those of young adults.

Three Bronze Level Future Leaders Scholarships were awarded to:

Ella Finger, a Girl Scout from Rockland who attends Oceanside High School and plans on going to Champlain College to major in Psychology. She admits that at first she was reluctant to join Girl Scouts and worried that she might not fit in. However, she is proud that her different style breaks the traditional stereotype and that she has benefitted from the sharing of viewpoints with other girls. She hopes to be a Lifetime Member and a troop leader in the future. She sees a major challenge facing girls and women is in being “true to yourself” despite the media pressure to be otherwise, and hopes that her Psychology degree can help girls “remain steadfast in who they are”.

Isabella Peinado, a Girl Scout from Auburn, attending Edward Little High School who will be at Husson University in Bangor in the fall, to study Hospitality and Business Management. Girl Scouts has been an amazing experience and she credits it with who she is as a person today. As a Girl Scout since the 3rd grade, she has made great friends and learned that the bonds are strong even when they did not always agree. She is a positive role model when she volunteers with a troop of younger girls and loves to see their growth. A challenge she sees for girls and women is self-advocacy, because there is a reluctance to stand up for ourselves. She aspires to advocate to women to be their own cheerleaders and have the confidence to raise their hands and believe in their abilities.

Amelia Searfoss, a Girl Scout from Pownal, who is a senior at North Yarmouth Academy and will attend Gordon College in Massachusetts this fall. She states that Girl Scouts has given her 100 opportunities to grow her confidence and leadership skills. Girl Scouts has helped her become outgoing and make many lifelong friends across the country. She has travelled on several Destination trips including Surf Camp in Florida, a Wyoming tree project, a Tall Ship expedition, and a trip to India. These travels grew her ability to lead Girl Scout events, talk to anyone she meets and increased her capacity in doing anything on her own. She sees equality as the biggest challenge for girls and women today, and this was brought into sharp focus in India where girls had no rights. She hopes to help with this challenge in her calling as a Pastor.