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More than $24,000 in Girl Scout scholarships awarded


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Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is proud to announce that more than $24,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 10 Kansas Girl Scouts. These scholarships, made possible through the generosity of donors and Girl Scout alumni, recognize the leadership and service exhibited by Girl Scouts who have made an impact on their communities.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors and support from Girl Scout Alumni and Friends, $24,500 in scholarships will benefit local Girl Scouts who have worked hard to make a difference in their communities,” said Liz Workman, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. “These dedicated Girl Scouts have exhibited courage, confidence and character, and make the world a better place. As they now embark on their next journey, a post-secondary education, I look forward to staying in touch with them and learning about their many achievements to come.”

Nine of these Girl Scouts not only earned scholarships, but they also earned the Girl Scout Gold Award – the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve. Samantha Botros, Jordan Craft, Grace Eilert, Megan Goetz, Anna Griekspoor, Jenna Hammond, Jenae Maley, Jessica Steinbarger and Breanna Strohm all earned the Gold Award, which takes nearly two years to complete and requires extraordinary service through a Take Action Project. Gold Award recipients are eligible for special scholarships at some universities and colleges, and they automatically advance one rank in any branch of the U.S. Military.

Anna Griekspoor, a senior at Wichita Northwest High School, was awarded this year’s Gold Award Scholarship for demonstrating incredible leadership in Girl Scouts and in the community. Through her “Students, Technology and Robots” project, she started a robotics club at Franklin Elementary School in Wichita. The Franklin Robotics Kidz club competed at the 2015 Shocker Mindstorms Challenge at Wichita State University and was recognized for its outstanding team interview.

 

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Girl Scout Scholarship

 

Samantha Botros

- Homeschool, Wichita, Class of 2015

- Plans to attend Northwestern University

 

Jayne Smith Scholarship - $3,000

 

Victoria Cooper

- Goddard High School, Class of 2015

- Plans to attend Newman University

Girl Scout Alumni & Friends Scholarship - $1,000

 

Grace Eilert

- Goddard High School, Class of 2015

- Plans to attend Kansas State University

Girl Scout Alumni & Friends Scholarship - $1,000

 

Megan Goetz

- Bishop Carroll High School, Class of 2015

- Plans to attend Pittsburg State University

 

Jayne Smith Scholarship - $3,000

 

Anna Griekspoor

- Wichita Northwest High School, Class of 2015

- Plans to attend Abilene Christian University

 

Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship - $2,500

 

Jenna Hammond

- Bonner Springs High School, Class of 2015

- Plans to attend Kansas State University

 

Jayne Smith Scholarship - $3,000

 

 

Jenae Maley

- Eisenhower High School, Goddard, Class of 2015

- Plans to attend University of Central Missouri

 

Jayne Smith Scholarship - $3,000

 

Jessica Steinbarger

- Andover High School, Class of 2015

- Plans to attend Wichita State University

 

Jayne Smith Scholarship - $3,000

 

Breanna Strohm

- Burlingame High School, Class of 2015

- Plans to attend Wichita State University

Girl Scout Alumni & Friends Scholarship - $1,000

 

Jordan Craft

- Shawnee Heights High School, Class of 2015

- Plans to attend Kansas State University

 

Girl Scout Alumni & Friends Scholarship - $1,000