The Girl Scout Cookie Program does more than teach girls entrepreneurship skills-- it helps and prepares them for college. Seven graduating Girl Scouts became the 2018 recipients of Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s Cookies to College Scholarship. Scholarship recipients include: Bridget; Kenner; Shelby, Mandeville; Ceci, Mandeville; Heather, Mandeville; Desiree, Gretna; Morgan, New Orleans; and Caitlin, Covington.
The $1,000 scholarships are awarded, annually, to outstanding college bound Girl Scout Ambassadors whose participation in Girl Scouts, along with the Cookie Program, has led them to success and leadership. The recipients must complete an application process and plan to attend college upon graduating high school.
Bridget graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School and plans to attend Louisiana State University with a double major in Psychology and Business. She began Girl Scouts as a Daisy and loved the Outdoor Legacy. She believes Girl Scouts is the biggest influence on her development.
“From teaching me fundamental skills of leadership and courage to helping me form long-lasting friendships, Girl Scouts is the root of my character and partly responsible for helping me grow into the strong independent leader I am today,” Bridget said.
Shelby graduated from Lakeshore High School and will attend Southeastern Louisiana University with plans to major in Agriculture or Business. She is a second generation Girl Scout and wants to continue to volunteer for the organization for years to come.
“I have been a loyal and honest advocate for Girl Scouts and I fully intend to be have the courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place into adulthood,” Shelby said.
Ceci graduated from Saint Scholastica Academy in Covington. She will attend Loyola University and major in International Business. She led her troop and younger troops in outdoor skills, camping trips, and community involvement.
“I enjoyed getting to work with and teach younger girls every aspect of Girl Scouting. I know I am a leader and can make a difference in my community,” Ceci said.
Heather is a homeschool graduate who will attend the University of Central Florida and major in Hospitality Management. She is a Gold Award Girl Scout, earning this prestigious award in 2017 for creating a scholarship program for other Gold Award Girl Scouts in Louisiana.
“My sisters inspired me and made me want to be a Girl Scout. I felt so lucky to look up to their experience and I knew I could be a leader and Girl Scout advocate for others, like my sisters were for me,” Heather said.
Desiree graduated from the Academy of Our Lady and will attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a major in Biology. She began as a Girl Scout Daisy, participated in the Cookie Program for 12 years and even raised money to go to Switzerland and Italy with her troop.
“I truly believe that all my experiences in the program helped me be independent and it plays a huge part in my decision to go to college. It showed me that I will never know if I can do, or like, something if I don’t try,” Desiree said. “I have to put yourself out there.”
Morgan graduated from Lusher Charter High School and will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Massachusetts, and major in Chemical Engineering. She has been a member of the council’s Cookie Hall of Fame and raised money with her troop to travel to London, Paris, Cozumel, Progresso, as well as attending the Girl Scout Leadership Conference in Salt Lake City.
“Girl Scouts and the leadership conference encouraged me to be a woman in STEM and showed me that girls are capable of anything. From selling cookies to my first job, Girl Scouts has helped shaped my work ethic and involvement in my community,” Morgan said.
Caitlin graduated from Fontainebleau High School and will attend Eckerd College in Florida. She has enjoyed the outdoors and planning events for her troop.
“Girl Scouts allowed me to experience things that I couldn’t even image. I met wonderful people and made memories that would last forever,” Caitlin said.
“All of our scholarship recipients have left a mark on their troops and our council as a whole with their hard work and dedication to Girl Scouts,” said Alisha Moore, Chief Customer Experience Officer. “The hard and soft skills they have learned with us will lead them to success and greatness.”
Girl Scouting’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts Louisiana East, serves girls in grades K-12 in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana. For more information, call the council office at 800-644-7571 or visit us here.