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Southport Gold Award Girl Scout Honored with Council Scholarship

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Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines is proud to announce that Samantha Barker of Southport, NC was recently honored with the Gladys Marion Scholarship, an award given to exemplary Gold Award Girl Scouts. The Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout can earn, and Girl Scouts must complete 80 hours of work and service towards their projects. By earning her award, Barker demonstrated significant leadership, planning, and organizational skills, and made a sustainable difference in her community.

Barker graduated from South Brunswick High School in 2019 and she is now studying biology at East Carolina University (ECU). For her Gold Award project, she educated children from Southern Brunswick County on the ecosystem in Boiling Spring Lakes. She taught them about the natural resources available in the area, the different wildlife that can be found there, and how to properly take care of the environment. She also encouraged children to spend more time outdoors and led them on a hike to reinforce her lesson. Barker created a supplemental booklet to send home with the children and left resources with the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center so that her program can be replicated in the future.  

“Your Gold award will push you to the edge. Complete it and you will have such a sense of accomplishment that nothing can hold you back,” said Barker. “My Gold Award has opened doors for me in obtaining scholarship money and recognitions. The satisfaction of seeing my certificate and knowing I made a difference is overwhelming. It is a memorable experience I will cherish for the rest of my life—a true sense of accomplishment beyond words.” Barker plans to use her funds from the Gladys Marion Scholarship for her studies at ECU.

“Samantha has grown from her Gold Award by applying the skills she had to use to obtain the award in her daily life. Commitment, perseverance, management skills and responsibility were all part of her Gold Award. Now with those skills in hand she has set off to ECU and they are being applied daily,” said Barker’s mother, Lisa Barker.

The Gladys Marion was made possible by a lifetime member of Girl Scouts who gave her time and shared her talents to support Girl Scouts as they developed their leadership skills. The scholarship, for high school seniors primarily residing in Brunswick, New Hanover, or Pender County, recognizes those who have demonstrated significant leadership as members of Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines through earning their Girl Scout Gold Award or equivalent participation in Girl Scout leadership programs.

“I too am a recipient of Girl Scouting’s highest award. I am amazed and inspired by the leadership projects today’s girls take on while working on the Gold Award. I wanted to do something that would recognize their significant leadership and make a meaningful difference to them as they become an adult Girl Scout. I wanted to do something that might encourage older girls to stay in Girl Scouting and ‘Go for The Gold’,” said the scholarship donor.

Barker is the second ever recipient of the Gladys Marion Scholarship and she was presented with her award at the 2019 GSNCCP Brunswick County Award Ceremony. Scholarships like this one allow Girl Scouts to fulfill their dreams and continue to make an impact on their community and the world.

To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award and the scholarships available to Girl Scouts, visit