Winners of the 2012 21st Century Insurance College Scholarship

Congratulations Marissa Akery!

We are thrilled to announce Marissa Akery, a senior at the University of Georgia, as the grand prize winner of our College Scholarship Contest. Marissa's winning essay and photos shared her amazing non-profit and volunteer efforts as a University Ambassador, a Friends for Life mentor and a Girl Scout Troop Leader. She will receive a $10,000 scholarship for college, which she plans to use toward her upcoming study abroad semester in Spain!

Inspired by her mother (a fellow Scout and former Troop Leader), Marissa was taught the importance of giving back at an early age. "Growing up, we spent a lot of time at homeless shelters and nursing homes," said Akery. "It isn't something I have to find time for, it is part of my everyday routine," she added.

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Marissa, who maintains a 3.36 GPA, credits both her personal and educational achievements to the Girl Scouts. "Scouting has taught me important life skills like budgeting and event planning, and it's given me the confidence to have a voice and presence among a crowd." Akery sees her current Troop Leader role as an opportunity to "serve in a greater realm," as many of those of whom she serves will go on to help others.

What's next? After a semester in Spain and graduation, Marissa hopes to spread her good will and service worldwide to work on International Missions.

Congratulations Marissa and Buen viaje!

...And just in case you're wondering what Marissa's favorite Girl Scout Cookie is like we were - she divulged, "Tagalongs are my weakness."

21st Century Scholarship $550 Winners

Jay H.
Adrian College

Hannah A.
Anderson University

Christina J.
Auburn University

Jennifer W.
Auburn University

Gail W.
Cabrillo College

Jesse W.
Clemson University

Cami T.
DeVry University

Adam G.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University

Jeannette F.
Heald College Roseville

Hanna K.
Mills College

Senaida M.
Oregon State University

Jennifer F.
Purdue University College of
Veterinary Medicine

Karbara M.
Rochester Institute of
Technology

Karli S.
Texas State University- San
Marcos

Chrystal Y.
UCLA

Akaraphan S.
University of California- Irvine

Perla R.
University of California- Irvine

Valisity S.
University of California-
Riverside

Megan F.
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill

Jorge E.
Yale University