Seven local Girl Scouts earn scholarship money to attend college

The Girl Scout Cookie Program does more than teach girls entrepreneurship skills – it helps and prepares them for college.

Two Catholic high school graduates were among the seven graduating Girl Scouts to receive the 2018 Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s Cookies to College Scholarship worth $1,000.


They were Bridget Adam, left, a 2018 St. Mary’s Dominican graduate from Kenner; and Desiree Poche of Gretna, an Academy of Our Lady graduate. Other recipients were Morgan Ruoss, New Orleans; Caitlin Weid, Covington; Shelby Blache, Ceci Falkenstein and Heather O’Mahoney, Mandeville.



The scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding, college-bound Girl Scout Ambassadors who participated in Girl Scouts and the Cookie Program. The recipients  completed an application process to qualify.

Adam graduated from Dominican and will attend Louisiana State University with a double major in psychology and business. She began Girl Scouts as a Daisy and loved the Outdoor Legacy. She believes her Girl Scout experience has been the biggest influence on her development.

“From teaching me fundamental skills of leadership and courage to helping me form long-lasting friendships, Girl Scouts is the root of my character and partly responsible for helping me grow into the strong, independent leader I am today,”Adam said.

Poche graduated from Academy of Our Lady and will attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe and study biology. She began as a Girl Scout Daisy, participated in the Cookie Program for 12 years and even raised money to go to Switzerland and Italy with her troop.

“I truly believe that all my experiences in the program helped me be independent, and it played a huge part in my decision to go to college,” Poche said. “It showed me that I will never know if I can do  or like something if I don’t try. You have to put yourself out there.”

“All of our scholarship recipients have left a mark on their troops and our council as a whole with their hard work and dedication to Girl Scouts,” said Alisha Moore, chief customer experience officer. “The hard and soft skills they have learned with us will lead them to success and greatness.”

Girl Scouting’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts Louisiana East, serves girls in grades K-12 in parishes statewide. Call the council office at (1) 800-644-7571 or visit

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