2016 Scholarship Winners
by Kerry Cordy
Every year Frontier Girls offers three continuing education scholarships to girls ages 16-22. To qualify, the girls need to have earned either the Eagle/Owl WOW! Award, Diamond/Grey Diamond Award, or both the WOW! and Gem award. Very few girls have ever accomplished this feat, but this year we had more entries then ever before. I am so impressed with the hard work these girls put in and the impact that they have made on their communities and troops. We take a lot of different things into consideration when deciding who to award the scholarships to including
- How long they have been in Frontier Girls
- What type and quantity of community service projects they participate in
- What their Make a Difference project was
- How active they are in their troop
- How active they are in communicating with Frontier Girls headquarters or participating in our Facebook or Yahoogroup forums in trying to improve the program for others.
Our scholarship winners this year are:
$1,000 Abby Olson Award – Megan Lundquist, Owl, Troop #159
To qualify for this award girls must earn both the Gem Award and WOW! award at either the Eagle or Owl level. Megan is the first person to do both! Megan is very active as an Owl Frontier Girl, earning badges and awards for herself, but she is also very active both within her troop (she leads the Penguin level) as well as helping out other Eagles and Owls around the country via computer.
$500 Charlotte Duke Award – Emily Lundquist, Eagle, Troop #159
To qualify for this award girls must earn either the Eagle or Owl Gem award. Emily put in a ton of work this year in order to finish her Diamond award prior to graduation. In addition to her Diamond Award she also earned her Eagle level WOW! Award for earning more than 100 badges at the Eagle level.
$500 Megan Lundquist Award – Cassi Jensen, Owl, Pioneer
To qualify for this award you must earn either your Eagle or Owl WOW! Award. Cassi has only been a Frontier Girl for a little over one year, but in that time managed to earn both her Eagle and Owl Life Skills awards, as well as her Owl Liberty Award, Fruit of the Spirit Award, and Major in Character Award in addition to her Owl WOW! Award. While she may be a Pioneer, Cassi has also been incredibly active in our Facebook forums, giving advice and support to other members, as well as personally partnering with and helping other Eagles and Owls around the county.
I would also like to recognize the following girls who qualified and applied for scholarships, but did not receive them this year as they put in a tremendous amount of work and I am VERY proud of them.
Hannah Lundquist and Catilin Blades, both Eagles earned their Eagle WOW! Awards this year and qualified for the Megan Lundquist Award. Earning 100+ badges at the Eagle level is very difficult to accomplish. Charlotte Duke was the first girl to earn the Eagle Diamond Award and has one of our scholarships named after her. Since becoming an Owl however, she has not slowed down. She already has her Owl Liberty and Discovery Awards and is aiming to complete her Owl Grey Diamond Award within the next few months.
Once qualified, the girls are qualified to apply every year until they are 22 years old, so I encourage them to continue to apply each year. Read the essays from each of our winners below.
Our 2016 Scholarship Winners! Read Their Personal Essays Below
Abby Olson Award Winner – $1,000
Megan Lundquist of Troop 159
“If You See a Need, Take the Lead” is the Frontier Girls Motto. I try to bring this into my life every day in every situation I find myself in. I am more conscious about finding little ways to help people – holding doors, helping out the little girls at the meetings, seeing what needs to be done wherever I am and finding the solutions for it. Earning awards and badges in Frontier Girls has given me the courage, knowledge and ability to take on the world in many different ways. All of the Fruit of the Spirit badges help me in my dealings with others every day. I think about how to show love, kindness, goodness and spread that instead of negativity – no matter how the other person is behaving. Last week, I was a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding. I planned a shower for her and helped with many of the preparations because most of her friends and family live in Alaska. I really just wanted to make her feel special throughout the whole thing. The truth is, the thought of being in front of all those people terrified me! But I couldn’t make it about me and I used the confidence I’ve gained through Frontier Girls to push through and make her day special. Frontier Girls has shown me who I really am and has helped boost my confidence in myself.
Charlotte Duke Award Winner – $500
Emily Lundquist of Troop 159
In my other essays, I wrote about the independence and empowerment from the badges, and the eye-opening, believe-in-yourself, earth-shattering change of view from the awards. But what if you do both? What happens then? You change the world. No one ever said that to make a difference you have to go all out or call it a failure. Start small. Use your independence to take a step. Find the voice inside of you that says it’s okay to fall down as long as you get back up. Remember the things you’ve already learned, and then open up to learn even more. Never stop believing that you’re capable. Despite what those who only wish to bring you down might say, you are able to do incredible things. Frontier Girls has never just been about being a program to help pass the time through school, or about all the sparkly things you’ll get to display on a red vest. This program is about inspiring and empowering young women and girls all across the country to be brave and believe in themselves. To be the change they wish to see in the big beautiful world. To be the one to take the lead when a need arises. It’s about teaching important, sometimes necessary life skills that a girl might not learn from anywhere else. It’s about bringing up the next generation to be big thinkers, the kind that doesn’t stay in a box. Through this program, I’ve learned to question that which has been laid before me. I’ve learned to expand on what I know, and then pass it on to someone else. I’ve learned to challenge myself with thoughts and tasks I would have laughed at myself for trying before. I’ve learned to believe in myself, work hard, be diligent, be passionate, stay focused, and pursue my dreams. My biggest goal in life has always been to inspire, and spark dreams in others, and to be the type of person that others look up to. The Frontier Girls program and the things it offers me has made me able to say that I’m proud of the person I am today, and would gladly step into the position of someone who is looked up to. Broadening my mind to learn new and amazing things with the Frontier Girl badges, and working hard and focusing on achieving big things by earning the awards that I have, has prepared me, and taught me to make the things I had once thought to be out of reach and impossible for me, my very own reality. I look forward to the rest of my life. That’s what Frontier Girls has done for me.
Megan Lundquist Award Winner – $500
Cassi Jensen, Pioneer
I am a modern female superhero with great ambitions to change the world, one child at a time. I am currently attending Idaho State University, studying to be a preschool teacher, hopefully a preschool teacher who can teach both a mainstream preschool and a special education preschool. I am also studying to be a writer, a life long dream of mine. My dream job is to work as a children’s television scriptwriter. I am also currently chasing my dream of traveling abroad. Frontier girls has allowed me to broaden my abilities as a writer. I’ve learned so much for only being a member a year. It has helped me understand the dynamics of an airplane, how to safely travel, which I hope to use when I travel abroad, this upcoming school year. Frontier girls has also given me the confidence to be a young woman, who isn’t afraid to wear visible mixed matched long socks with shorts. Before I joined Frontier girls, I was a girl scout for a year and learned goal making skills but wasn’t offered enough to learn. Frontier girls has done just that, allowed me to learn at my own pace and learn what I want to learn. Scouting in general has had a huge impact on my life. I am pursuing my dreams, with more confidence, I feel more prepared for daily life challenges. I have put into place the process of earning my Gem award before I am twenty-one and am well on my way. I have chosen to do this because I want to prove to myself I can do whatever I put my mind to. Sometimes learning new skills doesn’t come easy for me with having ADHD and Auditory processing it take takes me longer to learn simply skills. I have a hard time with memorization, and math. Math is my kryptonite, so when I started my first college math class this last August I told myself I could not earn the math badge until I had passed the class with at least a C or higher, and you know what I did it! I passed the math class with a high C. I have gained opportunities that I would have never thought were possible before I joined Frontier girls. I have been able to spend one on one time with local veterans and do community service with them simply because I had the confidences to ask if I could help. In return while I was helping them with service at a fundraising activity and things were slow they helped me earn my patriotism award and were happy to help me understand what this country means to them. I have also been able to make new friends through this program as well. Additionally, I have gained the confidence to want to study abroad. Before this year, I was to afraid to travel abroad, but decided that would be the best life decision I could make at this time. To prove, to myself that I am a confident, smart young woman who has a purpose. A young woman who can change the world even it’s just building my own strength up for others to see and stand by and hopefully learn from.