Natalie Wood earns $10K scholarship

Susan EspirituEast Knox

The Girl Scouts’ highest and most prestigious honor is the Gold Award earned by high schoolers who address issues they’re passionate about by planning and implementing a project that produces lasting change in the community and beyond.

Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood was awarded the Gold Award for her food pantry program she created through her church. I shared this story with readers in a July 19 article: KnoxTNToday Gold Award article.

The Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians website has more on Natalie: Natalie Wood: her story

What is not in either of our stories is a recent award Natalie just received.

Natalie was chosen as a recipient of the Girl Scouts USA National Gold Award Scholarships in the amount of $10,000, which is an additional tribute to her dedication and leadership as a member of the local and global community.

Natalie will attend East Tennessee State University on a scholarship for its Global Citizen Scholars program, which emphasizes experiential learning through education abroad, internships, research and community engagement.

“I’m excited to travel abroad next summer,” she said, looking forward to expanding her global awareness and continuing her commitment to making a positive difference.

I have no doubt we will all benefit from everything gained from Natalie’s contributions to our communities.

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