By Jill Fox

The Gina Rose Montalto Memorial Foundation announced the recipient of the 2020 Gina Rose Montalto Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship — Rachel Vogel.

A 2020 graduate of West Broward High School, Vogel is attending Northeastern University in Boston. She was awarded a $1,500 scholarship through the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida.

Vogel began her journey with the Girl Scouts at the age of five, earning a bronze award early on. She received her gold award in 2020 after creating a zen garden at Children’s Harbor in Pembroke Pines.

After falling in love with meditation herself, Vogel came up with “The Happiness Project” and documented her efforts in a video.

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She said her goal was to create a space where the foster children could meditate and have an escape from their daily lives.

All Gina Rose Montalto Memorial Foundation scholarship recipients are pursuing degrees in areas of interest that Gina excelled in, and all exemplify her passion for learning, caring, and helping others. As a Cadette Girl Scout, Gina earned the Girl Scout Silver Award with her troop and was enormously proud of it.

Jennifer Montalto, Gina’s mother, said the applicants were all truly amazing and did not make it easy on them.

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Bibi Deen, development manager at Children’s Harbor and right, is Rachel Pires, independent living services director.

“Rachel stood out to us among the best!” Montalto said.

Vogel plans to double major in business and psychology and plans to incorporate her ambition of spreading mindfulness.

The Foundation will announce the winners of this year’s Arts and Stem scholarships in September and the 17 for 17 Nursing Scholarship in October.

For those interested in contributing to the scholarship foundation, Donate here.

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Jill Fox
Jill Fox
Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.