Our council is proud to announce that Nidhi D. of Cary, NC, was recently honored with the Jane S. Barringer Award, a scholarship given to exemplary Gold Award Girl Scouts. The Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout can earn, and Gold Award Girl Scouts must complete 80 hours of work and service towards their Gold Award projects. By completing her project, Nidhi demonstrated significant leadership, planning, and organizational skills, and made a sustainable difference in her community.
Nidhi is currently a student at UNC Chapel Hill, where she has a major in environmental science. She graduated from Panther Creek High School with honors in 2017. For her Gold Award project, Nidhi wrote a novella about teenage immigrants and their experiences upon moving to the United States. Through her novella, she hoped to give her peers an insight into the hardships that teenage immigrants face in a way that was informative and relatable. She published her novella online for free, in an effort to inspire and invoke change to the negative stigma around immigrants in the United States today.
“To give back to the community allows me a greater sense of accomplishment, and also helps me build stronger connections with my peers through acts of kindness,” said Nidhi. “Each day, I strive to recognize how my actions affect others and try to help those around me, even if it is just holding the door open for the person behind me or answering a question about the homework due the following day.” Values like these are embodied in the Girl Scout commitment of building girls of courage, confidence, and character that make the world a better place. Nidhi plans to use her funds from this award to pay for a trip to Ecuador through her university where she will learn about and create sustainable infrastructures using bamboo as building material.
Scholarships like the Jane S. Barringer Award allow Girl Scouts to fulfill their dreams and continue to make an impact on their community and the world. The award was established in honor of Mrs. Barringer, an outstanding teen advisor. A group of her former Girl Scouts along with GSNCCP instituted the award in her name to be given to an individual who embodies the principle and spirt that Barringer works to instill. Barringer has been a dedicated Girl Scout for more than 50 years.
To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award and the scholarships available to Girl Scouts, visit https://gsnccp.org/HighestAwards