Anderson Girl Scout wins National Gold Award Scholarship

October 21, 2021

Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands congratulates Zoe Willis, Anderson, for receiving a scholarship from Girl Scouts of the United States of America for her Gold Award on environmental awareness.  Zoe addressed a community issue and found sustainable solutions to address it.  She noticed when she first moved into high school that her school and community, like many others, were throwing a way huge amounts of recyclable, reusable, and compostable waste.  Zoe’s first step was to create a recycling program, however when COVID hit, that plan was put on hold.  She refocused her project to address the root cause of the problem, environmental education.  Zoe coordinated efforts with teachers at schools around an Anderson County School District, a recycling coordinator, the administration at her high school, and a team of motivated environmentalist students (She created the EAC club).

Zoe used information from these experts to create an informational ( website for teachers, students, and parents that contains materials to teach and learn about how we are impacting the planet and what changes can be made to make a difference. This includes lesson plans pertaining to environmental awareness for grades K-12, separated by age group and type of class, as well as a guide to creating a recycling program at school, and educational posters for students. With the help of the EAC, Zoe also created educational videos to be played in classrooms pertaining to topics such as Recycling, Composting, and the Rs of Sustainability. Anyone interested can find updates and more information on the Earth, the Environment, and You social media platforms Zoe created. Teachers across Anderson County have viewed her lesson plans and some have implemented her project.

Zoe will receive a scholarship of $2,060 thanks to sponsorship from Arconic Foundation and Kappa Delta Foundation.

The Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—earned by a high school Girl Scout who works to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and lasting change. Whether it’s on a local, national, or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts provide innovative solutions to significant challenges.

If you would like contact information for Zoe, please email or call Karen Kelly.


About the Girl Scout Gold Award

Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good. The Gold Award is earned by girls in grades 9–12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership in developing sustainable solutions to local, national, and global challenges. Since 1916, Girl Scouts have answered the call to drive lasting, impactful change. The Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable.


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