Monday, April 3, 2017

Kayli Worthey from Neoga Awarded Outstanding Graduating Girl Scout Scholarship from Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois

Kayli Worthey

Kayli Worthey from Neoga was awarded the Outstanding Graduating Girl Scout Scholarship from Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois during its All That Glitters awards ceremony. 

Kayli is a Girl Scout Ambassador who has been a Girl Scout for 13 years. She received her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting, this year. She is also a GSSI Trifecta recipient, having earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and Girl Scout Bronze Award as well. In addition, she has also served as a GSSI ex-officio Girl Board Member, GSSI Girl Board Mentor and GSSI robotics team member.

“Girl Scouts has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. It gave me a place, a purpose and made me feel that I belonged to something," she said. "I was part of something bigger that made me who I am today. There’s no other way to describe what Girl Scouts means to me than by saying it’s my world."

GSSI CEO Sarah Durbin, Kayli Worthey, GSSI Board Chair Linda Manley

Kayli is currently a senior at Neoga High School and plans to attend Indiana State University to study Speech Language Pathology with a minor in Special Education-Elementary in the fall. She states that, through Girl Scouts, she has developed confidence, leadership, respect, optimism and work ethic, along with a sense of belonging.

To receive a GSSI Outstanding Graduating Girl Scout Scholarship, girls must submit an application, essay and letters of recommendation. These applications are then reviewed by a committee of staff and volunteers. Applications wth the top three highest scores accumulated across a variety of criteria are awarded scholarships. Two of these scholarships are funded from proceeds from GSSI's annual Brownie Haunted Camp program, while one is funded by a GSSI staff campaign.