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Girl Scouts of Maine Future Leaders Scholarship

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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 fourth 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.

In 2022, Girl Scouts of Maine awarded $22,500 to 14 deserving graduating Ambassador Girl Scouts 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?

Read more about these incredible girls below.

2022 Future Leader Scholarship Recipients
Kathleen Dean
Kathleen Dean graduation photo

Kathleen Dean is a recent graduate of St. Dominic Academy and plans on attending St. Michael’s College to major in English and History. Girl Scouts has provided her with many opportunities to gain perspective and to unite in a common purpose. One of the biggest challenges that she sees facing girls and women today is the preconceived notion of what it means to be a girl and gender discrimination. Kathleen plans to fight for equality in athletics and plans to coach younger players in softball in the future.

Darby Kline
Darby Kline graduation photo

Darby Kline is a recent graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School and plans on majoring in Marketing and Communications in college. Through Girl Scouts, Darby noted that she has gained confidence and has seen a change in herself over the years. She said she would have never believed that her high school self would be leading songs at a camporee!

Kimberley Spears
Kimberley Spears graduation photo

Kimberley Spears is a recent graduate of Messalonskee High School. She plans on attending the University of Maine to major in Chemistry. Through Girl Scouts, she has gained confidence and developed her personal values and has earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. She has had the chance to meet new people, engage with her community, build camping and social skills, and to be a role model for younger girls. Kimberley notes that income inequality and lack of advancement in the workplace, especially in STEM fields, is a big challenge women and girls face today. She will encourage young girls in STEM and advocate for equal pay for equal work.

Megan Brewer
Emma Brewer graduation photo

Megan Brewer plans on attending Wheaton College to major in Anthropology. Girl Scouts has given her the opportunity to see new places and gain courage through participation in cookies and camp. She believes one of the biggest challenges facing girls and women today is the lack of representation in government. To help combat this challenge, she plans on becoming involved at the local level of government, running for office herself after college.

Ayla Clark
Ayla Clark graduation photo

Ayla Clark recently graduated from Biddeford High School and plans on attending York County Community College to major in Animal Management. Through Girl Scouting, Ayla has had the opportunity to develop a sense of community and learn the importance of giving back. She has stretched her comfort level with public speaking by participating on her service unit team to plan and execute programs.

Kathryne Clay
Kathryne Clay graduation photo

Kathryne Clay plans on attending Colby College to major in PreMed. Her experience caroling with Girl Scouts even sparked her love of music, something she is continuing to pursue in college. Kathryne believes that a challenge women and girls face today is inequality in sports, and in the future, she plans on becoming a volunteer softball coach to support and advocate for girls in the sport.

Emma Gaecklein
Emma Gaecklein graduation photo

Emma Gaecklein is a recent graduate of Searsport District High School and plans on attending Marist College to major in Communications. She has learned how to use her voice and take action through her experience as a Girl Scout. Emma believes that the biggest challenge facing women and girls today is assault and harassment; it is both a domestic and global issue. She plans to use her passion for writing to bring this to light as a future journalist.

Devlin Geisler
Devlin Geisler graduation photo

Devlin Geisler recently graduated from Hall-Dale Middle & High School and plans on attending Clark University to major in Sociology. She represented Girl Scouts of Maine and Girl Scouts of the USA at the United Nations 65th Commission on the Status of Women in 2021and was a member of Girl Scouts of Maine’s Board of Directors to plan global focused events. She plans to teach girls to become leaders and to encourage girls to apply for opportunities and to run for office.

Kayden Haylock
Kayden Haylock graduation photo

Kayden Haylock is from Hartford and attends Buckfield Junior Senior High School and plans on attending American University. Through Girl Scouts, she has become a leader, gaining confidence, and finding her voice. Earning her Silver Award helped her define her strengths and then use those strengths to run for and be elected as Class President. Kayden thinks one of the biggest challenges women and girls face is lack of representation; she will use her voice to help others find theirs.

Erica Johnson
Erica Johnson graduation photo

Erica Johnson is a recent graduate of Lincoln Academy and plans on attending the University of Maine at Farmington to major in Computer Science. STEM experiences through Girl Scouts have helped Erica choose to pursue computer science and she plans to encourage girls to explore the world of opportunities that exist in the STEM fields. 

 

Elizabeth Stefaniak
Elizabeth Stefaniak graduation photo

Elizabeth Stefaniak is a recent graduate of Lake Region High School and Lake Region Vocational Center and plans on attending Eastern Maine Community College to major in Fine Woodworking and Cabinetry. Her experiences in Girl Scouts have taught her how to be independent and to be prepared for the real world, especially in the areas of finance and communicating with others. One of the biggest challenges she sees today is the lack of women in male dominated fields such as construction. In the future, she plans to run her own woodworking business.

Grace Goodwin
Grace goodwin graduation photo

Grace Goodwin attends Brewer High School and plans on attending Royal Halloway University of London. She noted that Girl Scouts is the first and biggest place where her opinions were taken into consideration. She represented Girl Scouts of Maine and Girl Scouts of the USA at the United Nations 65th Commission on the Status of Women. Grace believes there is great importance in consulting and including women in decisions that impact them and their communities.

Rebecca Hatt
Rebecca Hatt graduation photo

Rebecca Hatt is a recent graduate of Biddeford High School and plans on attending St. Joseph’s College to major in Criminal Justice in the fall. She has served on the GSME Board of Directors, traveled and explored her interests, and earned her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards through Girl Scouting. Rebecca has made meaningful connections and grown into a confident leader in her community. She believes the gender pay gap is a large challenge facing women and girls today. As she advances in her career after college, she will work to lower the ladder for others to help diminish this disparity.

Emma Landry
Emma Landry graduation photo

Emma Landry is a recent graduate of Fort Kent Community High School and plans on attending Thomas College to major in Forensic Science. She has appreciated the girl led community of Girl Scouting that has provided her opportunities to travel and to push herself out of her comfort zone as a CIT at Camp Natarswi. Emma has supported her community through volunteering and through her Silver Award project, seeing that small kind actions make a big impact. A big challenge facing women and girls today is inequality in the workforce, especially in STEM fields. After being introduced to STEM through Girl Scouts, Emma will be pursuing a career in forensics.

2021 Future Leader Scholarship Recipients
Alexa Barstow
Alexa-Barstow

A BRONZE LEVEL SCHOLARSHIP is presented to this Ambassador Girl Scout from Rockland and will be attending Bryn Mawr to major in Political Science and History. Alexa credits Girl Scouts with creating a safe space for her to elevate her voice and listen and learn from others, as well as the value of hard work, commitment, and perseverance. The challenge facing girls today is being underestimated and underrepresented, especially in government. After her degree, Alexa plans on going to law school to pursue activism in politics and government because women’s voices need to be better represented.

Madelyn Buzza
Madelyn-Buzza

A BRONZE LEVEL SCHOLARSHIP is presented to this Ambassador Girl Scout from Mapleton and will attend the University of Maine at Presque Isle to major in Social Work. She credits Girl Scouts with developing her confidence, her leadership skills, and public speaking. She believes a top issue for girls and women is body image and its detrimental effect on self-confidence. As a future social worker, Madelyn hopes to help others overcome negative self-images and become courageous and strong in mind and body.

Harshini Chaganti
Harshini-Chaganti

A GOLD LEVEL SCHOLARSHIP is presented to this Ambassador Girl Scout from Scarborough who plans on pursing a B.S. degree in Premed at Penn State University. Harshini credits Girl Scouts with exposing her to many volunteer experiences in and outside her own community, including helping unhoused people and young hospital patients. Girl Scouts also has developed her leadership skills with planning activities and with younger Girl Scouts. Harshini sees a great need for women to “break the glass ceiling” and serve in top leadership positions to a more equitable numbers. She notes that 40% of all physicians and surgeons are women, but only 16% are deans at medical schools. She hopes to inspire young girls and women to reach their full potential. Her strong presentation earns Harshini the additional Jo Stevens Scholarship in addition to the Gold Level Future Leaders Scholarship.

Erin Corcoran
Erin-Corcoran

A BRONZE LEVEL SCHOLARSHIP is presented to this Ambassador Girl Scout from Rockland and will attend Smith College to major in Biochemistry. Erin credits her Girl Scout experience in pushing her out of her comfort zone. A challenge that Erin continues to see, although some may think it is an issue of the past, is gender inequality, particularly in STEM programs and career fields. Erin has first hand experience with not only being one of few girls participating in AP STEM classes and robotics, but noticing there is often a lack of respect for girls who are involved. Erin wants to work to increase the respect given to women in STEM fields and show girls by example that they are capable and no one should make them feel unwelcome in their chosen activities or field.

Adeline Dolley
Adeline-Dolly

A GOLD LEVEL SCHOLARSHIP is presented to this Ambassador Girl Scout from Brunswick who plans on St. Michael’s College to major in Health Science, Premed. Adeline notes the variety of Girl Scouts experiences that have made a huge difference in her life: joining the Junior Maine Guide program, being a Camp Counselor in Training, serving as a Maine delegate to the Girl Scouts National Council Session, and helping to plan World Thinking Day. All these and many other experiences have developed her leadership abilities, especially with younger Girl Scouts who see her as a role model. Adeline sees the detrimental pressure faced by girls and women regarding body image and conformity to certain physical attributes as great barriers to the acceptance of and love of themselves. As a future pediatrician, she hopes to help teach her young patients and their families about “self-love” and teach them ways towards a positive self-image.

Elaine Hutchins
Elaine-Hutchins

A BRONZE LEVEL SCHOLARSHIP is presented to this Ambassador Girl Scout from Winter Harbor and plans to attend the University of Maine at Fort Kent and major in Nursing. Elaine has participated in a wide array of Girl Scout activities that include earning the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards, traveling, camping at both resident camps, serving the community, and participating in the Product Sale Programs. She sees that the pay gap is a big factor in women’s equal participation in the economy and achieving financial success in life. As a future nurse, she plans to address pay equity and affordable childcare in her workplace with her leadership skills.

Abigail Larrabee
Abby-Larrabee

A SILVER LEVEL SCHOLARSHIP is presented to this Ambassador Girl Scout who lives in Kennebunkport and will attend Paul Smith College, majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. Abigail’s Girl Scout activities were many, but the most impactful to her were those focused on the environment and the outdoors. Through Girl Scouts, she connected with a Trout Unlimited program and has served in many ways with that organization to conserve, protect, and restore Maine's trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. Abigail sees inequality in the workplace as a huge challenge for girls and women, especially in STEM fields. Her goal is to pave the way for more girls to enter into the science and conservation fields.

Allison Maurice
Allison-Maurice

A SILVER LEVEL SCHOLARSHIP is presented to this Ambassador Girl Scout who attends Traip Academy in Kittery and plans to attend Dickinson College majoring in Biochemistry. Allison credits Girl Scouts with giving her stability and support as she grew up traveling with her military family. Wherever she lived, she could rely on Girl Scouts to provide friends and experiences like her Take Action project on coral reefs in Guam. Allison sees the long standing prejudice of inequality as the greatest barrier to women’s leadership advancement today. This can take many forms from objectification of women to the dismissal of women’s voices in discussions. She has a great passion for the empowerment of women and hopes to guide girls in overcoming inequity through Girl Scouts and other activities.

Samantha Perkins
Samantha-Perkins

A BRONZE LEVEL SCHOLARSHIP is presented to this Ambassador Girl Scout from Searsport and will attend Husson University for a degree in Physical Therapy. Samantha credits Girl Scouts with developing her as a person who enjoys helping others and with the ability to advocate for herself. She participated in creating a community garden for a soup kitchen, has traveled with her troop to Boston and New York City several times, and worked to build awareness of domestic violence. She sees the challenge of unequal gender norms as hurdles facing women and will advocate for equality in her career in sports medicine.

Emily Robinson
Emily-Robinson

A BRONZE LEVEL SCHOLARSHIP is presented to this Ambassador Girl Scout from Kennebunk who will attend Husson University for Graphic Design. Emily credits Girl Scouts with overcoming shyness, making lifelong friends, and learning critical lessons that have made her a better person. A goal for women that she sees as critical is for women to have the freedom to be themselves without judgment and to love who they are. She hopes that she will be able to inspire girls to obtain their college degree.

Jessica Schlotterbeck
Jessica-Schlotterbeck

A GOLD LEVEL SCHOLARSHIP is presented to this Ambassador Girl Scout from Lisbon who will attend the University of Southern Maine in the fall. Joining Girl Scouts at a young age helped Jessica with her social anxiety of new people. Selling Girl Scout cookies, activities at camp, and making new friends had a tremendous impact on her ability to overcome her fears and made her more social. She sees a great need for women to be healthier and have better nutrition given that 66% of women in the U.S. face obesity. Her own experience with weight gain has taught her the skills for leading a healthier and happier lifestyle and her goal is to impart this to Girl Scouts and women with her degree in Health Sciences.

Grace Stevens
Grace-Stevens

A BRONZE LEVEL SCHOLARSHIP is presented to this Ambassador Girl Scout from Wells and plans on majoring in Pre-veterinary Medicine at a major university. Grace credits Girl Scouts with exposing her to new found confidence through many troop activities, community service projects, and especially events like travel to New York City, the Boston Museum of Science, and Transforming Leadership. She sees a need today for greater knowledge for young girls on the many career opportunities they can embark on, especially in STEM. Girls need to see women in major roles and have them be mentors. She hopes that her career in veterinary medicine will help inspire girls to reach for their dreams.


2022 Scholarship applications are now open!