Research verifies that participating in Girl Scouts and earning the Gold Award are linked to developing crucial leadership skills and advanced achievements. In addition to Girl Scouts being more than twice as likely than other girls to identify and solve problems in their communities, they over index when it comes to seeking challenges and learning from setbacks, having confidence in themselves and their leadership abilities, and forming and maintaining healthy relationships. The majority of women who earned their Gold Award display more positive life outcomes compared with women who did not participate in Girl Scouts in their youth, including being more optimistic about their future; seeing themselves as leaders; and being more civically engaged, particularly in politics.
“We’re very proud of Caroline’s recognition. Her hard work, commitment and dedication to Girl Scouts is a model for all 10,000 of the girls involved in the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York,” said Mary Buszuwski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York.
Nominated by the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, Caroline McGraw is the first girl from the Capital Region to earn this prestigious award. McGraw graduated Niskayuna High School with honors in June 2018 and is currently studying political science and French at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where she is also a member of the varsity swim team.
In addition to generous scholarships, McGraw will receive the National Gold Award Girl Scout pin in a ceremony in New York City where she will also speak on a panel at the United Nations and join former First Lady Michelle Obama on "The Today Show" - all in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl.
McGraw’s $20,000 in National Gold Award Girl Scout scholarships are awarded as follows:
- A combined $100,000 in college scholarships, which includes $10,000 for Caroline, has been provided by Susan Bulkeley Butler, founder of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders and former member of the Girl Scouts of the USA Board of Directors;
- The Kappa Delta Foundation has granted the selected girls a combined $50,000 in college scholarships, reflecting its commitment to girls’ leadership and pursuit of education. This includes $5,000 for Caroline; and
- Arconic Foundation has granted the ten young women a combined $50,000 in college scholarships, including $5,000 for Caroline.
Being honored as a National Gold Award Girl Scout, earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, and receiving generous scholarships are just a few of the countless incredible experiences girls have through Girl Scouts.