The Kappa Delta Foundation provided $50,000 in scholarships for the 2014 Young Women of Distinction to help award recipients achieve their college dreams. The national Young Women of Distinction award is the highest honor in Girl Scouting. These 10 inspirational Girl Scouts have received their Gold Award, an honor bestowed on only five percent of Girl Scouts. The award recipients were selected among 200 applicants for their dedicated efforts to better their communities and activate change in the world by creating and facilitating "Take Action" projects.
The Kappa Delta Foundation is the charitable arm of the Kappa Delta sorority, an organization that has been a vital partner of the Girl Scouts of the USA since 1998. Kappa Delta Sorority members serve as volunteers, guiding Girl Scouts across the country through their leadership journeys and mentor girls to help them realize their full potential. In addition to providing critical volunteer support for our organization, the foundation has supported the Girl Scouts Gold Award program at local councils. Since 2000, Kappa Delta has made yearly donations to fund college scholarships for each of our Young Women of Distinction award recipients. Each year, a representative from the Kappa Delta Foundation also serves on an external committee to review and select Gold Award recipients who receive this national recognition.
This year, Girl Scouts of the USA received a record-breaking number of submissions from Girl Scouts across the nation. Their Take Action projects tackle 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. Kappa Delta’s support of college scholarships for these brilliant young women truly honors them for their courageous leadership and extraordinary vision to make a difference in their communities.
"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."
All 2014 Young Women of Distinction will be honored at Girl Scouts of the USA's national convention in October in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about this year’s national convention, look here. This is the 53rd national convention and will reunite alumnae and invigorate a global movement of girls, women, and men around the theme, “Discover, Connect, Take Action: Girls Change the World.”