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Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania announces GSHPA Gold Award Scholarship recipients


Harrisburg, PA (October 5, 2022) – Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) is excited to announce its Class of 2022 GSHPA Gold Award Scholarship recipients.

Girl Scouts Katy S., of Williamsport, Pa.; Kaitlyn H., of Harrisburg, Pa.; and Rachel T., of Mechanicsburg, Pa., were awarded the GSHPA Gold Award Scholarship for their outstanding work on their Gold Award projects. For their projects, Katy refurbished a recreation area for children; Kaitlyn established a food pantry at her school for students from low-income families; and Rachel established monthly mobile food pantries for families in her school district. Katy, Kaitlyn, and Rachel will use their scholarships toward a higher education institution of their choice.

“The thought, time, and effort these young ladies put into completing their projects made them worthy candidates for these scholarships. These Girl Scouts demonstrate the value and impact of Girl Scouting, and how by going for Gold, girls can do anything,” said Janet Donovan, GSHPA President and CEO.

The scholarships are awarded by GSHPA and recipients are selected by the Gold Award Scholarship Committee comprised of women of influence within GSHPA’s 30-county footprint. Applicants are required to share their Gold Award project details, academic achievements, Girl Scout journey, and additional accolades they have received to be considered for selection. This year’s scholarship committee members included A. Patricia Aguilera-Hermida, associate professor at Penn State Harrisburg; Linda Pheasant, community volunteer from Wormleysburg, Pa.; Randi Teplitz, attorney and adjunct professor of law at Widener University; and Renee Mattei Montgomery, firm member and chair of the Associates Committee for Eckert Seamans and member of the GSHPA Volunteer Strategy Committee.

The GSHPA Gold Award Scholarship was made possible through a generous donation by a GSHPA supporter. Individuals interested in donating specifically toward Gold Award programs and opportunities, or serving as a Gold Award Scholarship Committee member, can contact GSHPA’s Fund Development department at or by calling 717-233-1656 ext. 1015.

The Gold Award is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn, available to girls in high school who create sustainable change for a community or world issue. Gold Award Girl Scouts address pressing issues in their communities and create sustainable change to make the world a better place.

The Gold Award process not only enables girls to help their communities, but also provides tangible benefits as they grow as individuals. By going Gold, girls build professional skills, earn scholarships, build their network, and for those interested in serving their country, are able to enlist at a higher pay grade when they join the military.