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Scout project turns to gold

Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

In the spirit of that mission, 11 Girl Scouts from the Twin Cities area recently were awarded Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarships recognizing their efforts to exemplify the highest ideals of Girl Scouting.

The scholarships are funded from a private donor endowment fund to support Girl Scouts in their pursuit of post-secondary education.

Each of the scholarship recipients has earned their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a girl can earn. Girl Scouts who earn their Gold Award have planned and implemented a leadership project involving a minimum 65 hours of community service.

About 5,500 girls earn their Girl Scout Gold Award each year, or about five percent of eligible Girl Scouts nationally. River Valleys consistently sees about 10 percent of its eligible Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award - twice the national average.

Among the area scholarship recipients was Abigail Heimel, Roberts.

The merit-based scholarship is meant to provide a stepping stone to higher education for currently registered Girl Scout Gold Award recipients. Each girl has completed a Girl Scout Gold Award project, which promotes community service, personal and spiritual growth, positive values, career exploration, and leadership skills.

Heimel worked with another Girl Scout in support of the United Way of St. Croix Valley to do their part in helping end hunger in their community for her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

The girls saw a need to recognize the generous donors who made the new United Way's food resource storage center possible. The girls utilized their unique woodworking talents and their creative flair to construct a permanent donor wall for the new food resource center.

In partnership with 18,000 adult volunteers, the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys helps nearly 45,000 girls each year -- in all or portions of 49 counties in southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin -- discover abilities, connect with new friends and take action to improve their communities.

Girl Scouts is the world's preeminent leadership development organization for girls, building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

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