Macedonia, Ohio— Megan Garvey of Northfield Center, OH is the recipient of the 2019 Gray Foundation Scholarship. Garvey, a 2018 graduate of Nordonia High School has been actively involved in Girl Scouts for 12 years and is a lifetime member.
As a Girl Scout, Garvey served in a variety of leadership positions at Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO). In 2014 she represented GSNEO nationally at the Girl Scout Leadership Institute, a conference that focuses on issues of gender bias and community advocacy. She also represented GSNEO in 2017 as a National Delegate, voting on matters of national governance for Girl Scouts of the USA. Additionally, she served on the GSNEO Board of Directors as a girl member-at-large; a role that required her to regularly attend board meetings and share insight from a girl perspective.
Garvey continued her Girl Scout leadership experience at camp, where she served as a Counselor in Training and as a Junior Counselor; roles that required her to work with camp staff, engage with parents, and support girls at summer resident camp. Garvey first discovered her love for the outdoors and high adventure when she began attending Girl Scout camps at age 7. These camps served as her home away from home, especially during her parents’ training and overseas active duty tours as U.S. Army soldiers.
In 2017, Garvey earned the highest honor in Girl Scouting, the Girl Scout Gold Award. Her project, “Painting Positivity,” brought to life her passion for motivating people and helping them see their fullest potential. A senior at Nordonia High School at the time, Garvey coordinated 40 volunteers to paint inspiring murals throughout two middle school buildings. Additionally, in 2017 Garvey was selected to receive a GSNEO Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship award during the annual Women of Distinction program.
Garvey is currently attending West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, where she is pursuing a duel degree in aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering. In her short time on campus, she has become actively involved in activities including the Society of Women Engineers, with which she is currently taking part in the planning and implementation of a large girl-focused STEM event, and Engineers Without Borders, an organization with whom she is currently working with to create a piping system that will be installed to provide clean water to a remote village in Uganda.
Fittingly, Garvey discovered her passion for space technology as a third-grade Girl Scout when she spent a day at NASA Glenn Research Center. An aspiring aerospace engineer, Garvey says she eventually plans to apply for NASA’s astronaut training program.
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.