Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Girl Scouts Master Money Management and College Careers with Help from Toyota

Girl Scouts live by the motto “be prepared”—they know that looking to the future can be one of their greatest strengths. Whether that means next spring or three years from now, one crucial skill girls can begin mastering is their command of financial literacy, such as learning about budgets, savings, and credit. Because sooner rather than later, many high school students will be faced with the daunting thoughts of how to pay for college. In fact, the Having It All study found that 45 percent of girls want to learn more about how to pay for their college education.

Fortunately for Girl Scouts, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) not only provides their support through financial education programs such as the Driving My Financial Future Tip Sheet, which helps prepare girls for their future, they also offer the Making LifeEasier (MLE) Scholarship program. MLE provides $1 million in scholarships annually to students who are affiliated with select nonprofits (including the Girl Scouts of the USA) who show both high academic achievement, and who have a record of giving back to their community.

For 2017, 18 Girl Scouts from three TFS-selected grant councils were awarded MLE scholarships to help them achieve their education goals. Congratulations to all of these amazing girls:

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

• Navaz Alpaiwalla
• Anonymous
• Elizabeth Cidmonte
• Brandy Hayes
• Jennifer Hutson
• Keja Johnson
• Nicole Johnson
• Ashley Jurak
• Elizabeth McKnight
• Macy Meyer
• Anusha Mithani
• Lauren O’Connor
• Allison Palmer
• Celia Pope
• Davyani Srivastava
• Bunsri Trivedi
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
• Halle Becker
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
• Nia Stewart
We can’t wait to see how they use their education to take the lead and change the world!

Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to continue collaborating with TFS to help girls become self-reliant; financially informed; and capable of leveraging their talent, resources, and personal business values to make the world a better place.

Watch the MLE scholarship site for 2018 application information, which opens in September 2017.