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Congratulations to GSSC’s 2020 Past Presidents Scholarship Recipients!

The Past President’s Scholarship Fund was established by the GSSC Board of Directors in 1988 and awards educational scholarships to outstanding Ambassador Girl Scouts in the following categories: Academic Achievement, Community Service, Girl Scouting and Personal Challenge. This year, more than 60 exceptional Girl Scout Ambassadors applied, with five girls receiving the scholarship.

Caitlin Beirne

Troop 62900

Education: St. Anthony’s High School

GS Achievements: Caitlin earned her both her Silver and Gold Awards. Her Silver Award project consisted of building and creating a library of 1,000 books and reading to children at the Islip Youth Enrichment Services. For her Gold Award project, she built and installed four double chambered bat houses for Suffolk County Parks, at Mills Pond and Arthur H. Kunz County Park to help educate visitors about the Zika virus and disease prevention. She also taught Brownie Girl Scouts and helped them earn their Brownie Bugs Badge

Scholarships & Recognitions: Caitlin is a recipient of the PSEG Environmental Scholarship, the South Asian Women’s Alliance STEM and Community Service Award, the St. Bonaventure Academic Award, the Franciscan Spirit Award, and the Harvard Prize Book Award. She has also received the Frank and Frances Lule Memorial Scholarship, the Lieutenant Brooks Memorial Scholarship, St. Patrick’s Outstanding Altar Server Award, Catholic Daughter Scholarship, the Knights of Columbus Donald J. Burns Scholarship and was recognized by the National Society of High School Scholars.

Additional Community Service: Caitlin is an altar server at St. Patrick’s Church in Smithtown, a Eucharistic Minister, and featured soloist for the FeelGood Foundation and Sound Park Heights. She is the Founder & President of ProHealTH, was an officer on the High School CARE program, volunteered with Golden Kids Carnival in Huntington, and took mission trips to Italy, Fiji, and Tennessee.

Julia Jacobellis

Troop 1133

Education: Rocky Point High School

GS Achievements: Julia earned her Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. To complete her Bronze Award, she donated items to animal shelters. Her Silver Award project consisted of producing a series of cultural nights with her fellow Girl Scouts. The cultural nights were held at Little Flower, where the children made crafts, enjoyed food and learned about different cultures. Julia’s Gold Award project consisted of providing information to help victims of sexual assault as well as educating girls in high school and college on ways to prevent sexual assault. She will also be holding a self-defense class for her community.

Recognitions: Julia earned five Presidential Volunteer Service Awards, as well as the Girl Scout Gold and Silver Torches.

Additional Community Service: Julia is Vice President of the Student Council and President of the Human Rights Club. She is a Service Unit Delegate, was a National Council session girl attendee in 2017, and went on a Girl Scout Destination to Japan.

Kelly Kramer

Troop 783

Education: Half Hollow Hills West High School

GS Achievements: Kelly earned both her Silver and Gold Awards. For her Silver Award, she and her troop designed and built a puppet theater for developmentally disabled children, and performed puppet shows at the theater. For her Gold Award project, she created planter boxes and instructional videos to assist with Common Core curriculum at the Variety Child Learning Center, which includes planting, weather and basic ecology.

Kelly has also helped younger Girl Scouts in her Service Unit learn about flag retirement, the principles of leave no trace, fire safety, and camping skills. She has assisted Troop 359 with programs, trips, and badge earning activities, and planned and helped lead the annual Service Unit Camp fire.

Additional Community Service: Kelly is an altar server and catechist at St. Matthew’s parish, Vice President of SADD, National Honor Society, Peer Tutoring Squad and a Senior Member of stage crew.

Caitlin Tucker

Troop 288

Education: Sachem North High School

GS Achievements: Caitlin earned all three Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. For her Bronze Award, her troop created the first Junior Advisory Council for Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society. Her Silver Award project consisted of creating an e-book that served as a guide for young people to organize and successfully execute events. For her Gold Award project, she created a community blog on local water quality and how to improve it. She collected specimens and used DNA sequencing at Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory to test water quality and spoke at two events to raise awareness about her findings.

Additional Community Service: Caitlin is part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension as well as Students Taking Action for Tomorrow’s Environment.

Alexa Vargas

Troop 1259

Education: Sayville High School

GS Achievements: Alexa has earned both her Silver and Gold Awards. Alexa’s Silver Award project entailed working with her troop to create an outdoor seating area and garden at the Islip Adult Day Care Center. For her Gold Award project, Alexa built wheelchair accessible garden planters and introduced horticultural sensory therapy at the Islip Adult Day Care Center.

Additional Community Service: Alexa is Vice-President of Students Working to Enhance Environmental Protection, she is a Historian of Anchor Club, and is active in the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and World Languages Honor Society. She is a volunteer at Stony Brook and Good Samaritan Hospitals, has volunteered at Vacation Bible School, volunteered with Special PAL, and was a camp instructor at Inclusive Sports & Fitness.