Girl Scouts announce Richland award recipient

Local Gold Award Girl Scout Tiara Jackson was selected as the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi (GSGMS) recipient of the Inaugural Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) Gold Award Scholarship. She was awarded a college scholarship, thanks to sponsorship from Arconic Foundation and Kappa Delta Foundation, in addition to GSUSA.

Jackson is one of over 3,500 teen world-changers who have created a lasting impact on issues that are important to them. Gold Award Girl Scouts identify the root cause of a problem, plan and implement innovative solutions that address that problem, and lead a team of people who support their success. Her project, entitled “Sewing for the Soul,” is based on teaching young girls to sew, in the absence of family economic programs at school. Part of Jackson’s project is making blankets or “memory quilts” for elderly dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, using their old shirts. A graduate of Richland High School, Jackson is studying Multimedia Productions at Hinds Community College, Utica Campus.

The Gold Award is a Girl Scout’s highest achievement, available to girls in high school who drive sustainable change on issues in their communities and beyond.

This year’s class of Gold Award Girl Scouts invested over 350,000 hours in taking action to destigmatize conversations about mental health, raise awareness about racism in the healthcare system, organize a youth movement for environmental advocacy, document teens’ experiences of the pandemic in state archives, increase LGBTQ+ inclusion, and more.

As they take action to transform their world, Gold Award Girl Scouts gain tangible skills and prove they are the leaders the world needs. Members of the 2021 class say they’ve become focused project managers (eighty-nine percent), confident public speakers (eighty-four percent), strong decision-makers (sixty-seven percent), and empathetic leaders (fifty-nine percent). To help finance their Gold Award projects, the majority generated funds, including from their Girl Scout Cookie earnings, which they learned how to budget. These skills give them an edge personally and professionally—research (PDF) shows that ninety-nine percent of Gold Award Girl Scout alums take on leadership roles in their everyday lives. Also, according to recent research, most Gold Award Girl Scouts get a boost in earning scholarships, in the college admissions process, and in professional advancement.

“We are so proud of Tiara and all our 2021 Gold Award Girl Scouts for the incredible work they have done driving lasting, positive change,” said GSGMS CEO Becky Traweek. “Gold Award Girl Scouts set themselves apart from their peers through their perseverance and passion—and they build their resumes and open up scholarship opportunities in the process. In addition to changing the world around them for the better, they transform their own lives by building skills for academic, career, and personal success.”

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