Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida has announced its 2020 college scholarship recipients, including five Girl Scouts from Sarasota County. A total of 15 girls each received a one-time scholarship, ranging from $500-$1,000. Local recipients include Sam Baker, Jordyn Chiodo, and Julianna Maggard from Sarasota High School; Coral Rodriguez-Lipstein from Riverview High School; and Kaila Stafford from Pine View School.
The Dr. Elinor Crawford Girl Scout College Scholarship Fund was established to recognize and celebrate graduating high school Girl Scouts who demonstrate the characteristics of the Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law; leadership to self and the community; and outstanding academic success. It is named for the late Dr. Elinor Crawford, a former resident of Sarasota. As a professor of physical education at the University of Northern Iowa for 30 years, Dr. Crawford served on the committee that contributed to the writing and passage of Title IX, the most significant piece of federal legislation impacting girls and women in education.