Completing the Girl Scout Gold Award takes grit! It takes determination and it takes strength! Open only to girls in high school, the Gold Award is the standout achievement of girls who develop meaningful and sustainable solutions to challenges in our community and beyond.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is pleased to announce the award of $5,000 higher education scholarships to two regional Gold Award Girl Scouts. Seventeen-year-old Alexis Edgar and 18-year-old Nicole Licavoli will recognized for their accomplishments at the Girl Scout Council’s annual signature fundraiser, Dessert First on Thursday, February 27 at the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta (tickets are STILL available and all proceeds benefit the leadership development of eastern Missouri Girl Scouts like Alexis and Nicole).

Alexis Edgar

For Edgar, a lifelong Girl Scout, pursuing the Gold Award was a means to explore a potential career path. As she is interested in becoming a neonatal intensive care unit nurse, Edgar decided to research and execute a project helping NICU parents develop that crucial bond with their infants. Using donated fabric, Edgar cut and sewed fabric hearts, designed to be worn by the mother and father against their skin, so as to absorb their scent.

The heart is then placed with the baby, ensuring the parent’s presence is always with their child. Edgar also donated packages filled with personal care items, assembled to help make the mothers’ stay at the hospital more comfortable. Today, Edgar is still creating these care packages, and when she graduates high school, a local quilting group will carry on her legacy of giving.

“Girl Scouts has provided me so many opportunities from camping to now earning the Gold Award,” Edgar said. “It’s given me the chance to develop my leadership skills, friends and has also opened new doors for me.”

Nicole Licavoli

The evening’s second scholarship recipient, Licavoli, also has big plans for her future as she is working toward becoming a Walt Disney Imagineer and saw earning the Gold Award as a way to combine her passion for problem-solving and all things STEM-related. After deciding she wanted to leave a permanent and positive impact on her school district, Licavoli realized many of her peers, teachers, faculty members, parents and caregivers were having difficulty integrating digital platforms into their lives.

So, she produced 11 video tutorials taking viewers through step-by-step instructions tackling topics like Basic Functions of Google Drive and Using Google Doc. She also created and distributed flyers about her website (crushcommunication.com) so more administration staff will recommend the videos to incoming parents and caregivers.

“Girl Scouts has influenced my life in so many ways,” Licavoli said. “I have come so much out of my shell since I was a little kid and I have grown into becoming a leader. I’m now someone who isn’t afraid to share their opinion and work to get things done.”

DESSERT FIRST APPLICATION PROCESS AT A GLANCE

Two exemplary Girl Scouts are selected through a multi-stage application process. Two finalists receive a $5,000 scholarship and three semi-finalists will receive a $500 scholarship for higher education. Awardees are selected through an application (available in September 2020), essay and interview process.

DESSERT FIRST SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

To apply for the Dessert First scholarship, each applicant must:

  • Be a currently registered eastern Missouri Girl Scout
  • Be a current high school freshman, sophomore, junior or senior
  • Have had their Gold Award project proposal approved and be actively working toward completing it, or have earned the Gold Award
  • Submit a completed application
  • Be interviewed and taped in November 2020 for a video that will play at Dessert First
  • Attend the award presentation at Dessert First in 2021

For questions about the scholarship, please contact Kate Tichelkamp, Senior Manager, Fund Development at ktichelkamp@girlscoutsem.org.