Gold Award Girl Scouts 2021

2021 GSWNY Gold Award Girl Scouts and Scholarship Recipients

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce 56 Girl Scouts as the 2021 recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award, and 33 Girl Scouts as 2021 scholarship recipients.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers. The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” The project should fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade. For more information on the Gold Award, click here.

Below you will find all 56 Gold Award Girl Scouts for 2021 and their projects sorted by the county. Girls with an asterisk (*) by their name are also among this year’s scholarship recipients with additional details at the end of the post.

Chautauqua County

Girl Scout NameHometownTroop NumberProject Title
Amanda RothSilver Creek20163Roaring 20s Fundraiser for Premature Babies at Mercy Hospital

Erie County

Girl Scout NameHometownTroop NumberProject Title
Sophia BenzinEast Aurora30711Mask Making for Hospitals
Lacie Castile*Buffalo30134Bringing New Diversity Knowledge
Alyssa Chatham Buffalo30875Little Pantry Hygiene Drive
Lauren Coon*East Amherst30925Blue Bird Boxes for Camp Seven Hills
Sarah CummingTonawanda30981Hand in Hand for Literacy
Carly Dorsheimer Lake View30412Free Little Libraries
Sarah EnglandHamburg30708Fidget Blankets for Individuals with Alzheimers and Dementia
Syvonne ForgetteBuffalo30360Setting up the foundations for the City Honors Environmental Club
Emily Gordon ElmaJulietteAdvocating for Alzheimer’s
Nora Hayes Holland30200Bat House Project
Paige Jegierski*Alden31902Community Theater Mural and Improvement Project
Hannah Kenefick*East Aurora31130ACL/Sports Injury Prevention
Madeline Lagraves* Buffalo30568Shining Stars
Rachel Lane Amherst30580Project Nutrition
Isabelle Larson East Aurora31130Educational Activities for Young Developing Minds
Jamie Meyer Akron30620 Pet Accessible Waste System (PAWS)
Mallory MusteraitOrchard Park30517Lake Erie Shoreline Recycled Art Project
Morgan Schaefer*Williamsville30970WNY Veteran’s Awareness
Julia Sherwood*Williamsville31363Healing Stitch by Stitch
Madhuri SinghClarence30943 Helping Students Needing Food Assistance
Alexandra Snow Buffalo30028Bentley/Starr Cemetery History and Restoration
Emily Styn Williamsville30970 At Home Bags for Foster Care
Kaitlyn Swartzmeyer Tonawanda30875Pads For Education
Grace Tabone Grand Island31157The Importance of Physical Education During a Pandemic
Cynthia Thome Amherst30756Caring More to Give to the Poor
Sanna Rose Vollbrecht*Hamburg30708My Sisterhood
Briana Willick Williamsville30925Flower Garden at Lou Gehrig Youth Baseball and Softball Complex

Genesee County

Girl Scout NameHometownTroop NumberProject Title
Ava Flores*Oakfield42141Feed the Need

Livingston County

Girl Scout NameHometownTroop NumberProject Title
Abigail HorneAvon51050Church Beautification
Bridget McMasterGeneseo51074Positive Empowering Bathroom Art

Monroe County

Girl Scout NameHometownTroop NumberProject Title
Amelia AlexanderRochester60825Mural About Teen Issues
Caroline Blair Penfield60765Penfield Bee Houses
Amanda Daubert Spencerport60727Blessing Box
Jessica Dawson Macedon60219Adulting 101
Natalya Denis Pittsford60843The Vaping Epidemic: From e-cigs to Juuling
Hannah ElliottOntario60834Nature Center Interactive Touch Table
Rae Friberg Penfield60765Doggie Waste Stations & Pet Food Pantry Drive
Crystal Harmon Rochester60828Greece Baptist Church Reflection Garden
Abigail Jones Pittsford60843Project Educate and Create
Grace Kurzweil Rochester60420Supporting Creative Literacy in Refugee Children
Arianna McKnight Rochester60671Promoting Positive Mental Health Within My Community
Eva Mihalitsas Rochester60452 Making Masks for Restaurant Workers
Gabrielle Naassana Pittsford60982 Supporting Students During the Pandemic
Margaret Pardee Pittsford60982The Beauty of Butterflies
Elizabeth Rutalis Webster60868RISE Community School Clothing Closet
Rachel VanWinkle North Chili60235Animal Enrichment
Ivy Yates Honeoye Falls63438Interactive Programs

Niagara County

Girl Scout NameHometownTroop NumberProject Title
Christina Faller Sanborn70258Hidden Figures of Herstory
Jenna Harvey Sanborn70258Loving Hands Reaching Out
Danielle Jaeger*LockportJulietteThe Importance of Mental Health
Miranda Kimber Middleport70095Make People Aware of Monarch Butterflies in Peril
Hallee Mack Niagara Falls70065Range Safety Education
Lauren Talma North Tonawanda70176Bags to Beds
Alayna Trautman*Lockport70257Lanie’s Little Library
Julia Wasley Sanborn70059Craft Cupboard at Intandem

Additionally, we are proud to announce the 2021 scholarships, which include girls who have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, or were Gold Award recipients in prior years. For information on scholarships, please click here.

Girl Scouts of Western New York Educational Scholarship Recipients

The Girl Scout Educational Scholarship was established in 1997 and recognizes the achievement and character of graduating Senior Girl Scouts who have achieved their Silver and/or Gold Award. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of academic achievements as well as Girl Scout involvement and accomplishments. 

$1,150 awarded per girl

  • Lacie Castile, Buffalo
  • Skylar Cich, Williamsville
  • Chloe Conner, Penfield
  • Haley Coombs, Grand Island
  • Lauren Coon, East Amherst
  • Chloe Heinrich, Hamburg
  • Alicia Hensel, Grand Island
  • Emily Hodge, Hamburg
  • Danielle Jaeger, Lockport
  • Jennifer James, Akron
  • Paige Jegierski, Alden
  • Alexis Kadlecik, Youngstown
  • Hannah Kenefick, East Aurora
  • Madeline LaGraves, Cheektowaga
  • Alexa Monrad, Webster
  • Rebecca Nagle, Kenmore
  • Megan Quinn, Hamburg
  • Abby Regan, Hamburg
  • Jessica Roman, Orchard Park
  • Rachel Rumschik, Buffalo
  • Julia Schubbe, Hamburg
  • Julia Sherwood, Williamsville
  • Emma Smith, Pittsford
  • Alayna Trautman, Lockport
  • Sanna Rose Vollbrecht, Hamburg
  • Julia Walker, East Amherst

The Kim Welsh Memorial Scholarship

The Kim Welsh Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1998 through the generosity of Carol and Allan Welsh in memory of their daughter, Kimberley.

$500 awarded per girl

  • Hannah Kenefick, East Aurora
  • Jessica Roman, Orchard Park
  • Julia Sherwood, Williamsville
  • Nicole Spiegel, East Amherst

Hans & Charlene Schoenenberger Golden Opportunity Scholarship

Hans and Charlene Schoenenberger offer one $1,000 scholarship to a Girl Scout who is receiving the Girl Scout Gold Award in 2021.

$1,000 awarded

  • Ava Flores, Oakfield

Ralph & Mary McLean Wilson Scholarship

The Ralph and Mary McLean Wilson Scholarship offers two $1,000 scholarships to Girl Scouts who are receiving the Girl Scout Gold Award in 2021.

$1,000 awarded per girl

  • Morgan Schaefer, Williamsville
  • Sanna Rose Vollbrecht, Hamburg

About Girl Scouts of Western New York

Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) serves nearly 14,000 girls and 6,000 adult volunteers across the GSWNY jurisdiction, including Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. The council’s administrative service centers are located in Buffalo, Jamestown, Lockport, Niagara Falls, and Rochester.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls discover their personal best and prepare for a positive future, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world and take action to solve problems and improve their communities. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit or call 1-888-837-6410.

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