FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2014
New York, N.Y. — Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is proud to announce the 2014 Young Women of Distinction, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. These 10 inspirational Girl Scouts have received their Gold Award and were selected among over 200 applicants for their dedicated efforts to better their communities and activate change in the world by creating and facilitating "Take Action" projects.
"Being named a National Young Woman of Distinction is the highest honor a girl can earn through Girl Scouts, and it is emblematic of her vision, resolve, and commitment to putting her skills to work to make the world a better place," said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. "These girls have demonstrated remarkable leadership at just 16 or 17 years old, and what they have accomplished is extraordinary. The entire Girl Scout Movement is so proud of them and everything they have achieved."
This year, GSUSA received a record-breaking number of submissions from Girl Scouts across the nation, their Take Action projects tackling a broad spectrum of important issues, from green energy to gender-balanced leadership to sex trafficking. These young women had the courage to dream big and the persistence to make their dreams a reality.
The Kappa Delta Foundation generously provided $50,000 in scholarships for these extraordinary young women. Each recipient will receive $5,000 to support their college education. This year's recipients will also be honored at Girl Scouts of the USA's 2014 national convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Girl Scouts of the USA's 2014 Young Women of Distinction
The entries for Young Women of Distinction were reviewed by Girl Scouts of the USA staff and an external selection board made up of funders and partners, including the following: 100kin10, Discovery Education, Kappa Delta, MetLife, NYAS, Teach for America, and The Cricket Island Foundation.
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About Girl Scouts of the USA
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer or reconnect with, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800-GSUSA-4-U (212-852-8000) or visit www.girlscouts.org.