Macedonia, Ohio – Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) received a $105,000 grant from the Thomas J. & Marjorie S. Gray Foundation to create a scholarship endowment for high-achieving Girl Scouts. The Gray Foundation Scholarship will provide a significant college scholarship annually to one outstanding Girl Scout in northeast Ohio. GSNEO’s goal for the Gray Foundation Scholarship is to help enable outstanding girls to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™ and reach further, achieve more, and use the experiences and skills they gain from the Girl Scout leadership experience to take the lead in making a difference in their communities.
To qualify, girls must meet a number of requirements including earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting, being enrolled in a 4-year college, committing to a minimum of 90 hours of community service during the scholarship award year, maintaining a connection to Girl Scouts during the award period, and completing a monthly service report.
The first Girl Scout to receive the scholarship award was Laura Curry, of Bay Village, OH. Laura is a 2017 graduate of Bay Village High School, where she maintained a rigorous course load filled with honors, college prep, and advanced placement classes and a weighted GPA of 4.185. She is currently attending West Virginia University, in Morgantown, WV where she is enrolled in the Honors College, studying History. In her short time on campus, she has become actively involved in activities including the Appalachian Prison Book Project, which provides books to incarcerated Appalachians in the region, and LeadWELL, a peer mentor program that helps fellow students identify unhealthy behaviors, how to respond to them, and connects them to campus resources.
Laura plans to attend law school or work for the government. She defines success as making an impact in the world and looks forward to a career that connects her to a greater purpose within her community.