GSSEM will be featuring each of the 25 girls who received Girl
Scouts’ highest award—the Gold Award—at the annual GSSEM Honor
Reception on May 5 in Troy. The ceremony also honored 80 Silver Award
recipients, this year’s graduating seniors, recipients of the Tammie
Murray and Jennifer Barnum Spirit Awards, and of course, the 2019
GSSEM Young Woman of Distinction! Keep checking gssem.org/news for each girl's story of
“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Denise Dalrymple, Chief Executive Officer of GSSEM. “They saw a need in their communities and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership is making the world a better place.”
According to a study on the impact of the Gold Award, by the Girl Scout Research Institute, Gold Award Girl Scouts display more positive life outcomes than non–Girl Scout alums including having a positive sense of self and greater life satisfaction, leadership, community service, and civic engagement. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievement. Here at GSSEM, each Gold Award Girl Scout receives a $500 scholarship, and our Young Woman of Distinction receives an additional $2,500 in scholarships.