Earlier this week, the University of Memphis announced that it will provide scholarships to cover a college education for children and spouses of fallen service members. In response to this declaration, Girl Scouts Heart of the South is pleased to announce that the local council will cover the Girl Scout Membership Fee for daughters of fallen service members within its own council jurisdiction.
The Girl Scout Promise begins with “On my honor, I will try, to serve God and my country…” The local council is living out our promise by supporting those families who have lost a parent in the line of duty and covering the cost of Girl Scout membership. “This is one way that we can support the daughters of fallen soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. When a family who has lost a parent through military service evaluates the cost of activities for their daughters, we don’t want the Girl Scout Membership Fee to be a deterrent to their participation,” said Melanie Schild, CEO for Girl Scouts Heart of the South.
The University of Memphis is the first post-secondary institution in the nation to offer a full scholarship for the children of fallen service members. Girl Scouts Heart of the South’s headquarters is located in Memphis and Dr. Loretta Rudd, wife of University of Memphis President Dr. David Rudd, serves on the Girl Scouts Heart of the South Board of Directors. “As we know, the family members of our military service members also sacrifice for our country and those families whose parent paid the ultimate sacrifice endure a lifelong sacrifice. I am proud that the Girl Scouts Heart of the South Council will follow the lead of University of Memphis President Rudd’s free tuition for family members of fallen military members and offer free Girl Scout membership to these girls,” said Dr. Loretta Rudd.
The annual Girl Scout Membership Fee is $25 and the local council will cover this fee for qualifying girl members beginning immediately through a girl’s senior year of high school. For more information, contact Girl Scouts Heart of the South at 800.624.4185 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.