Thursday, June 2, 2016

2016 Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship Winners Announced

Today, Girl Scouts of the USA congratulates Akshitha Ramachandran from Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and Morgan Barron from Girl Scouts of Utah for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award and the 2016 Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes exceptional Girl Scouts who complete a Gold Award project that deals with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and who plan to pursue a STEM-related college degree and career. And, of course, these girls exemplify what Girl Scouts is all about—building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Akshitha Ramachandran
Through her Gold Award project, Breakground, Akshitha designed a computer science hackathon and a curriculum for students in her Massachusetts town that she expanded for a Montessori school in Chennai, India. Akshitha will be entering Harvard College in fall 2016 to pursue a degree in computer science.

Morgan Barron

For her Gold Award project, RainCloud, Morgan designed a passive hand-sanitation device for use in areas without formal water infrastructure. Morgan will enter the global sustainability and development cohort of the Lassonde Studios at the University of Utah in fall 2016 to study mechanical engineering.

Both Akshitha and Morgan will be guest bloggers later this month when they will talk about their projects and their experience in Girl Scouts and give advice to other girls about entering STEM careers. Follow along!

From 2013 through 2017, the Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship Program will provide $10,000 scholarships to two girls a year. Learn more about these young women and the other Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship recipients.