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Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana 2020 Annual Report

Bronze. Silver. Gold. These represent the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn and a legacy of girls stepping up, speaking out, and sparking change. To earn these prestigious awards, girls tackle an issue they are passionate about to make lasting change.  

This year’s recipients demonstrated exceptional leadership and determination in completing their projects despite the challenges they faced. Awardees received celebration boxes ahead of a virtual ceremony.  



Therese M., National Gold Award Girl Scout, Girl Scout Alum

“So much of Girl Scouts focuses on encouraging girls to follow their passions and use their skills to make changes for causes they believe in, but what makes Girl Scouts truly exceptional is that they provide girls the tools they need to accomplish their goals from the start.  

“From the beginning of my Gold Award Project to now, the Girl Scout community left me feeling empowered and supported. It is so empowering to start any project knowing you have the strength of a community backing you up. A large part of this was the [Gold Award’s] emphasis on collaboration in making meaningful change.  

“My project required me to find a mentor and develop a team, which made every aspect of the project strong! There is a large emphasis on sustainability of the [Gold Award] project, which encourages girls to think into the future for their projects, really taking the time to create a long-lasting impact on their communities.”

Gold Award Scholarship Recipients 

Girl Scouts GCNWI thanks the generous donors who support our council’s Gold Award Scholarship Fund. Ten Gold Award Girl Scouts received a total of $13,000 in college scholarships in honor of their commitment to making the world a better place. 

2020 Scholarship Recipients

Emma Gillespie
Mary Brinkman
Karishma Patel
Ruth Baldwin

Kiley Whisler
Therese Jaeger
Madelyn Livingstone

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