These scholarship recipients were selected from 35 applicants across eastern Oklahoma during a lengthy application process. Each girl's application was reviewed by a scholarship committee based on financial need, leadership and service in Girl Scouts, activities in their school, community and church and essay quality. Twelve finalists then participated in personal interviews with committee members, and nine total Girl Scouts were selected as scholarship recipients. The following recipients will be recognized by the Juliette Low Leadership Society at a Celebration Event in their community.
Elizabeth "Liz" Armstrong is a senior at Stillwater High School. She has been a Girl Scout for 13 years and has earned her Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards, the highest awards in Girl Scouting. "As I continued my scouting career.I learned how to interact with people from all walks of life," says Liz. "Through Girl Scouts, I met many of the most influential people in my life, those who have guided me to become the confident, determined, and strong woman leader I am today." Liz plans to attend a university in the fall where she will study education.
Stephanie Bolen is a senior at Hilldale High School. She has been a Girl Scout for 10 years, and has earned her Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. "Through Girl Scouts I have learned who I truly am and what I can become," says Stephanie. "From teaching me the truth of loving myself to the great wonder of helping others, Girl Scouts has helped me define myself." Stephanie plans to attend Northeastern State University in the fall and pursue her passion for musical theatre and education.
Amanda Bonk is a senior at Bishop Kelley High School. She has been a Girl Scout for 13 years, and has earned the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards. "Girl Scouts has taught me how to be a leader.and encouraged me to get involved in organizations and activities," says Amanda. "I learned the importance of being fair, organized and persevering to finish what I start." Amanda plans to attend Oklahoma State University or the University of Oklahoma and pursue a career in business or psychology.
Lacy Dunlap is a senior at Wilburton High School. She has been a Girl Scout for 12 years and has worked as Girl Scout Counselor at Resident Camp. "Through Girl Scouts, I have gained confidence in myself," says Lacy. "I have overcome my shy qualities and learned that I can do absolutely anything I set my mind to." Lacy plans to attend Eastern Oklahoma State College or Oral Roberts University in the fall and pursue a career as a Vocal Music Instructor.
Melissa Hall is a senior at Owasso High School. She has been a Girl Scout for 13 years, and has earned the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards. "Girl Scouts has helped me grow stronger and.shaped my personality," says Melissa. "It has given me the confidence to go out and communicate with others and accomplish whatever I set my mind to." Melissa plans to pursue a career in medicine at a university this fall.
Sarah Kranau is a senior at Holland Hall. She has been a Girl Scout for 13 years, and has earned the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards. "Through the completion of my [Gold Award] project, I came to realize that I love to teach, a possible path I had never previously considered," says Sarah. She plans to pursue a career in journalism or psychology at a university this fall.
Jessica Lisenbee is a senior at Jenks High School. She has been a Girl Scout for 13 years, and has earned the Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards. "Girl Scouting has taught me the importance of community service," says Jessica. "It made volunteering a priority in my life because it helped me realize how essential my involvement can be." Jessica plans to attend Oklahoma State University and pursue a dual-degree in finance and accounting.
Whitney Lisenbee is a senior at Jenks High School. She has been a Girl Scout for 13 years, and has earned the Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards. "I believe that my preparation for my Bronze and Silver Award Projects gave me the background I needed to take on a massive task like hosting a Relay for Life event," says Whitney. She plans to attend Oklahoma State University and pursue a career in engineering or veterinary medicine.
Alison "Ali" Siweckyj is a senior at Checotah High School. She has been a Girl Scout for 12 years and currently serves as the Patrol Leader and Treasurer for her Troop and Assistant Leader for a Girl Scout Daisy Troop. "I believe Girl Scouting has made me everything that I am today," says Ali. "Thanks to Girl Scouts, I learned at a very young age the importance of independence and leadership." Ali plans to attend East Central University in the fall and study psychology.
These JLLS Scholarship Recipients will receive their awards at a 2010 JLLS Celebration Event in: Tulsa on Wednesday, April 28, Stillwater on Tuesday, May 4 or McAlester on Thursday, May 13. Individuals are invited and encouraged to attend these events and recognize these outstanding young women. Individual reservations are still available and proceeds support the JLLS Scholarship program, in addition to other works of the Society.
For more information about the Juliette Low Leadership Society and how to become a Sponsor or Member, contact Donna Stidham, CFRE, Chief Development Officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, at 918-745-5202 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations and sponsorships may also be secured online by visiting www.GirlScoutsEastOk.org/JLLS.
About the Juliette Low Leadership Society: The Juliette Low Leadership Society is comprised of women of purpose and power who open doors and create pathways for young women to pursue. Each year, the Society funds a variety of Girl Scout leadership programs and a higher education scholarships for girls across eastern Oklahoma.
About Girl Scouts: Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.7 million girl and adult members worldwide. Newly formed in 2008, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma serves approximately 12,000 girls and volunteers in 30 eastern Oklahoma Counties. Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma is a United Way agency.