GSCM would like to congratulate Girl Scout Alumna, Debbie S. for being awarded a scholarship from the Corrine Jeannine Schillings Foundation to study abroad.
The Corrine Jeannine Schillings Foundation was founded in memory of Girl Scout Alumna, Corinne Jeannine Schillings, who lost her life in the Baltimore Water Taxi accident on March 6, 2004. According to their website, Corinne believed strongly in higher education for women and in learning about various cultures through the study of languages. Because of Corinne’s dedication to this study, the foundation provides financial assistance to young women who are pursuing undergraduate college degrees in the study of languages, or who are studying in a foreign country as enrichment for their undergraduate college program.
Debbie of Ellicot City, a Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient from GSCM, is now attending Virginia Tech, majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Spanish and Biomedical Engineering and is spending the summer studying in Spain and Denmark. We were able to contact Debbie to see how her summer abroad was going–read below to find out what she has been up to!
I started my study abroad in Valencia, Spain taking two Spanish courses for a Spanish minor and now I am at the Technical University of Denmark outside of Copenhagen taking a laboratory course for my chemical engineering major. It’s been an incredible experience with countless cultural opportunities and I have learned so much about the world and myself. With a year left until I graduate with an engineering degree, I know for certain that Girl Scouts was a huge factor in giving me the confidence and drive to succeed in a very demanding field. Receiving the Corinne Jeannine Schillings is truly an honor to me and her legacy of learning about different cultures through study abroad has lived through me this entire summer. Both of us grew up involved in an extraordinary organization that continually encourages each girl to be her best self and I am blessed to receive a scholarship honoring the life of a fellow Girl Scout.
Congratulations, Debbie! We are very proud of you and look forward to seeing all that you accomplish in your future!