Thursday, June 1, 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 Arconic Chuck McLane Scholarship Winners

Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to announce that Ashley Martin from Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama and Nishita Sinha from Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey are the 2017 recipients of the Chuck McLane Scholarship, made possible by Arconic Foundation. This scholarship recognizes exceptional Girl Scouts who complete a Girl Scout Gold Award project related to science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and who plan to pursue a STEM-related college degree and career. We’re thrilled to see Ashley and Nishita recognized as the forward-thinking leaders of tomorrow—which is what Girl Scouts is all about!

Through her Gold Award project, GMO Unit Study, Ashley created an unbiased curriculum to educate high school students about genetic engineering and genetically modified foods. Including scientific, economic, social, and environmental factors, the curriculum is designed to encourage students to develop their own opinions. Ashley will attend the University of Georgia in the fall and ultimately plans to pursue a PhD in genetics.

After visiting where her ancestors lived in northern India, Nishita was inspired to develop an effective and inexpensive sanitary improvement to composting toilets for her Gold Award project. Her enhancements, such as upgrading filtration capabilities and increasing filter lifespan,  will improve the health of people in the developing world who rely on composting toilets. Nishita will attend Harvard University in the fall to study physics and computer science.

Look for guest blog posts from Ashley and Nishita later this month. They’ll share more details about their projects, their experiences at Girl Scouts, and their lives as leaders in STEM.
From 2013 through 2017, Arconic Foundation’s Chuck McLane Scholarship Program has awarded two girls per year a $10,000 scholarship. Learn more about these amazing young women and the other Chuck McLane Scholarship recipients.