St. Louis, MO – September 22, 2021 – Gold Award Girl Scout Fareeha Siddique, a senior at Parkway Central High School, was recently awarded a national scholarship from Girl Scouts of the USA thanks to sponsorship from Arconic Foundation and Kappa Delta Foundation, for her community outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To address the increased need for mask access, Siddique assembled a team to hold a fabric donation drive, where she was able to make and donate more than 800 masks to local food banks and schools in the St. Louis metro area. To help educate the mask recipients, Siddique created informational cards showing the proper way to wear a mask and reminders to practice social distancing and handwashing. She also hosted educational workshops for local elementary school students and created a COVID-19 safety awareness video that was utilized throughout her school district.
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. From combating the environmental crisis to providing comfort to local Alzheimer’s patients, Gold Award Girl Scouts address the root cause of a problem, plan and implement innovative solutions to drive change. As they take action to transform their world, Gold Award Girl Scouts gain tangible skills like project and time management, resourcefulness, and public speaking as proof they are the leaders our community and world need.
“Completing my Girl Scout Gold Award has opened up so many opportunities by teaching me that I'm capable of taking action and making a difference,” Siddique said. “I've learned how to reach out to others, lead a team, and create a plan to achieve my goals, which will help me as I take on new projects in the future.”
“A Gold Award Girl Scout, no matter her background or ability, learns to tap into the world-changing power within herself,” Bonnie Barczykowski, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri CEO, said. “She takes the lead in designing and enacting a plan for change and makes a positive impact in her community and beyond. She’s shown the world, and herself, that if she can dream it, she can do it—and the future is hers.”
To learn more about Girl Scout Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s Highest Awards, visit girlscoutsem.org/highestawards.