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Local Gold Award Girl Scout Receives GSUSA Gold Award Scholarship for Tackling Pressing Issue


September 2021 Social Posts

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania is celebrating Katie Mussett as she receives the GSUSA Gold Award Scholarship for her Gold Award project tackling fast fashion.

The Gold Award is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn, available to girls in high school who create sustainable change on a community or world issue. Gold Award Girl Scouts address the root cause of a problem, plan and implement innovative solutions to drive change, and lead a team of people to success.

This year, Gold Award Girl Scout Katie Mussett from Bellfonte was awarded a national scholarship from Girl Scouts of the USA thanks to sponsorship from the Arconic Foundation and Kappa Delta Foundation.

Katie’s project was titled ‘Say No to Fast Fashion’ and brought awareness to the negative impacts of fast fashion in her local community and throughout the world. She centered her project on teenagers and young adults to provide them with information about fast fashion and more environmentally friendly options. Katie created educational resources and a digital platform to be shared with individuals inside and outside of her local community.

“I've always known that sustainability and fashion are things that are important to me, so to combine them was really awesome,” said Katie. “I think I learned just how much I am passionate about this issue. I also learned that there are so many different aspects to fair trade and fashion activism that I can incorporate into my future line of study or work.”

“We are beyond proud of all of our 59 Gold Award Girl Scouts who earned their Gold award this year”, stated Deb Bogdanski, COO of GSHPA. “Congratulations to Katie for being selected by GSUSA for this national scholarship, in addition to earning her Gold Award. That is an amazing achievement stemming from hard work.”

Katie will receive a special shoutout during the Girl Scouts Change the World event on October 9 along with the other GSUSA Gold Award Scholarship recipients. You can learn more about GSHPA’s Gold Award Girl Scouts and view this year’s GA class projects here.