NORTHFIELD CENTER — Nordonia High graduate Megan Garvey of Northfield Center Township is the recipient of the 2019 Gray Foundation Scholarship, the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio has announced.
The Gray Foundation Scholarship is given annually to one outstanding Girl Scout in Northeast Ohio. Garvey has been involved in Girl Scouts for 12 years and is a lifetime member.
Garvey served in a variety of leadership positions at Girl Scouts of North East Ohio. In 2014, she represented the entity nationally at the Girl Scout Leadership Institute, a conference that focuses on issues of gender bias and community advocacy.
She also represented the area in 2017 as a national delegate, voting on matters of national governance for Girl Scouts. And she served on the GSNEO board of directors as a girl member-at-large, attending board meetings and sharing insight.
Garvey also participated at camp, serving as a counselor in training and as a junior counselor, roles that required her to work with camp staff, engage with parents and support girls at summer resident camp.
Garvey discovered her love for the outdoors and high adventure when she began attending Girl Scout camps at age 7. The camps served as her home away from home, especially during her parents’ training and overseas active duty in the U.S. Army.
In 2017, she earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor — the Gold Award. Her project, "Painting Positivity," brought to life her passion for motivating people and helping them reach their fullest potential.
A senior at Nordonia High at the time, Garvey coordinated 40 volunteers to paint inspiring murals in two middle school buildings. Also in 2017, she was selected to receive a GSNEO Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship during the annual Women of Distinction program.
Garvey is now attending West Virginia University, where she is pursuing a dual degree in aerospace and mechanical engineering.
In her short time on campus, she has become involved in activities such as the Society of Women Engineers, with which she is taking part in the planning and implementation of a large girl-focused STEM event.
She also has joined Engineers Without Borders, a group with whom she is working to create a piping system that will be installed to provide clean water to a remote village in Uganda.
Garvey discovered her passion for space technology as a third-grade Girl Scout when she spent a day at NASA Glenn Research Center. An aspiring aerospace engineer, she said she eventually plans to apply for NASA’s astronaut training program.
GSNEO’s goal for the Gray Foundation Scholarship is to help enable outstanding girls to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader) and reach further, achieve more and use the experiences and skills they gain from Girl Scouting to take the lead in making a difference in their communities.
To quality, girls must meet a number of requirements, including earning the Gold Award, being enrolled in a four-year college, committing to at least 90 hours of community service during the scholarship award year, maintaining a connection to Girl Scouts and completing a monthly service report.
For more information about Girl Scouts of North East Ohio and how to donate, join or volunteer, visit www.gsneo.og.