The Girl Scout cookie program gives girls the opportunity to become entrepreneurs, learning skills that will make them valuable members of society. After receiving a donation from council baker partner, ABC Bakers, earlier this year, Girl Scouts Louisiana East is turning the donation into a scholarship opportunity for college-bound girls. Recently, the council awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Girl Scout Ambassadors Michelle Stutes and India Evans.

Because of their dedication to Girl Scouts and involvement in the cookie program throughout high school, Stutes and Evans were selected, following an application process. Both recipients owe much of their success and lasting experiences to the values that Girl Scouts strive to instill in its members. Stutes, who resides in Prairieville, plans to attend Louisiana State University and will major in music education, in hopes of becoming a choir teacher.

“The cookie program has taught me the importance of commitment to causes, community service, and teamwork to meet our goals," Stutes said. “I also learned the importance of setting goals, and working to achieve those goals.”

Evans agrees that setting and working to achieve specific goals has really helped her focus on her future.

“The skills I learned as a Girl Scout participating in the Cookie program, has offered me a number of opportunities, and has also taught me great business skills.” She will continue to use those learned skills as she starts her journey at Louisiana State University, where she will be majoring in Biological Sciences. She aspires to go to medical school to become an emergency room doctor.

          “We’re very proud of Michelle and India who have shown great initiative, especially when it’s come to the cookie program,” said Alisha Moore, Chief Customer Experience Officer. 

According to Moore, the Cookies to College scholarship program will be funded annually by using the remainder of the ABC Baker donation as well as future funds generated by the council’s iGive cookie donation program.

For more information, call the council office at (800) 644-7571, or visit its website at gsle.org.