Emma J. Price Scholarship: Providing Opportunities for Girl Scout graduates

By Marketing Specialist – Asia Hebert

Did you know that GSLPG offers a scholarship for Girl Scout high school graduates? Each year the council awards one senior Girl Scout Gold Award recipient a $1,000 college scholarship in honor of Emma J. Price. Any Girl Scout who has completed their Gold Award, is a senior in high school with 2.5 grade point average minimum, and is planning to attend a 2 or 4 year degree program at a high education institution is eligible to apply for the Emma J. Price scholarship.

Over the past few years, GSLPG has awarded this scholarship to several Gold Award Recipients. Most recently, Sarah Wright was award the 2016 scholarship award. Let’s learn a little about Sarah and the opportunities both Girl Scouts and the Emma J. Price scholarship have provided for her!

Sarah Wright has been an active member of Troop 2016 (of Crowley) since she was a Daisy! Sarah graduated from Notre Dame High School and is now attending Baton Rouge Community College, majoring in elementary education with plans to transfer to LSU in the fall of 2017. For her Gold Award project, Sarah teamed up with the local VFW Auxiliary and created a bibliographical directory for them. Sarah’s father is the Post Commander of the VFW, so the project had a great deal of meaning to her. Now that Sarah has graduated from high school and has moved on to college, she is still an active GSLPG Member. Sarah is a registered adult member and volunteers along side her mother, Teresa Wright, when she is home from college.

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Here’s a Q&A we had with Sarah:

  1. How has Girl Scouts affected your life for the better?

As a child, I was very shy and was never willing to participate in activities with other kids, but through Girl Scouts, I was able to come overcome my fears and learn how to be a leader. I have also made many lifelong friends through scouting and I have been able to watch the younger girls in my troop use the skills that I have taught them.

  1. What skills has Girls Scouts taught you that have helped you prepare for college and your future career?

I have always been active in more than one extracurricular activity, Girl Scouts being one of them. Having to learn time management has helped me a great deal this past year at college.

  1. How did you feel about receiving the Emma J. Price scholarship?

Receiving this scholarship has truly been a blessing. I’m very grateful for the help that it has provided with paying for college and it was very rewarding after the hard work that I had put into my project.

  1. How has this scholarship helped you with your college career?

This scholarship has helped to pay my college tuition, along with several other scholarships.

  1. What advice would you like to give to other potential gold award/scholarship recipients?

I would like for them to remember that this project is not about getting your picture in the newspaper or winning a scholarship. This project is about giving back to the community that gave so much to you. It is about using your unique talents and leadership skills to help those around you and to become a contributing member of society.

Interested in applying for this scholarship or just learning more about how it can help your daughter’s future college career? Check out the information on our website!

Happy National Girl Scout Leader’s Day!

By Marketing Specialist – Asia Hebert

Did you know that April 22 is National Girl Scout Leader’s Day? This special holiday is a Girl Scout tradition that has been around for years. While we appreciate everything our volunteers do every day of the year, we want to take this particular day to give you an extra pat on the back for all that you do.

We know that your involvement with Girl Scouts takes time, dedication, and commitment. We hope that with all the hard work it takes to be an outstanding Girl Scout leader that you see the results in the girls you lead. Without you, Girl Scouts would not be able to grow into the go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders that the world needs. So when times get tough and you’re bogged down with paperwork, keep your head up and know that you are making a difference in the lives of girls!

Need some inspiration on how to show your appreciation for the Girl Scout leaders in your life? Check out these tips:

  • Have your Girl Scouts plan a special day or event to thank their Girl Scout leaders for all their hard work.
  • Make a craft or handmade gift that your Girl Scout leader will appreciate and remember this day by.
  • Write a thank you note. Whether it’s an e-mail or handwritten letter, let the Girl Scout leaders in your life know how they have changed your life for the better.
  • Share your appreciation on social media. Post a graphic, share a story or just say thank you! Tag your Girl Scout leader and hashtag #NVW2017 (National Volunteer Week 2017).
  • Buy her a gift she’ll remember you by. You can shop online on GSUSA’s shop  with free shipping until April 24 or visit one of our shops in Lafayette or Shreveport to use our 20% off coupon!

Have a story you would like to share about a Girl Scout volunteer? Be sure to send it our way!

Early Bird Renewal: Something BIG to Chirp about!

By Troop Support Specialist – Brittany Bowie

Spring is here! It’s the perfect time to clear the clutter and organize your troop for the upcoming year. Take advantage of the Early Bird Spring Renewal and receive awesome incentives for the troop and each Girl Scout. Not sure where to start? Follow this checklist:

 

Early Bird Checklist:

Start today – Have parents/caregivers register their Girl Scout today and start collecting rewards. Girl Scouts who renew during the first three weeks will receive an Exclusive Early Bird “Lead like a Girl Scout” t-shirt. Visit gslpg.org/renew for the Step-by-Step Guide.

Renew online – Eliminate the chaos of paperwork and have families register online. Each family has access to a member profile on the “My GS” tab.

Pay $25, receive $10 When you renew your membership during the spring, you’re automatically eligible for great early bird rewards. A $10 membership Voucher Credit will be given for each girl member registered by June. This means GSLPG wants to give you credit to buy cool stuff in our retail shop or help pay for your next council event.

Communicate – Start having conversations about your troop and looking forward to next year. Will all girls continue? Who will be the troop leaders? What kind of activities you and your troop will participate in? Asking these questions will ensure your troop’s status. Login into “My GS” and check your troop roster before April 15, 2017.

Make new friends – Know a friend interested in becoming a Girl Scout? She can register, too! And there’s a patch for that. New members can sign-up and be ready for the next year.

Celebrate! – The fun does not end with just your troop’s bridging/summer activities, but will continue throughout summer. Each girl registered by June 6 will be sent an invitation to a FREE private skating party in June.

Make Early Bird a tradition in your troop – Both troop leaders and families benefit by registering during early bird. It helps families by ensuring that their daughters get back in their preferred troop and maintain their amazing friendships. It helps troop leaders to plan their year with a confirmed and committed count of girls for the following year. Together, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience continues!

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Early Renewal season gives any of our members—girls, troop leaders, and parents—the chance to register early for the 2017-2018 membership year and receive rewards. Check out the complete list of Early Bird Incentives.