St. Louis, MO – July 23, 2018 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri selected Furat Wdaa, a 2018 graduate of McKinley Classical Leadership Academy, as the recipient of the organization’s $1,000 Transform UR Future (TUF) Scholarship for higher education. During her time in Girl Scouts, this G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TM demonstrated extraordinary leadership by making a difference in the lives of young students in her community.
TUF expands upon Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s Project Anti-Violence Education (PAVE) program with a focus on bullying prevention and intervention. This program aligns a trio of schools within a district—a high school with a middle and elementary school, and is offered to young men and women.
A core group of TUF mentors in each high school learn about anti-violence, decision-making skills and bullying; serve as peer leaders; and deliver monthly anti-violence workshops to students in kindergarten to eighth grade. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri started this initiative in 2013 with eight trios of schools. Since then, the program has grown to include 13 trios during the 2017-2018 school year and has reached more than 334,000 students.
Wdaa will attend the University of Missouri this fall and plans to study law and social entrepreneurship. In her junior year of high school, Wdaa joined Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s TUF program. As a TUF peer leader, Wdaa had the resources to spread a message she’s passionate about: embracing diversity and building a more inclusive community. In addition to the time she dedicated to Girl Scouts, Wdaa was an honor roll student, the vice president of Student Council and a member of the National Honor Society.
“Being awarded the TUF scholarship means the world to me,” Wdaa said. “It has always been my dream to go to college; especially since my parents immigrated from two different foreign countries in search for a new life. I am able to further my education and equip myself with the necessary skills I need to help others just like me.”