Morgan Ferone Earns Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship

Girl Scouts Gold Award: Physics for the Freedom Schools


Charlotte, North Carolina: Today the Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council congratulates Morgan Ferone for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award and the Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship. Morgan Ferone earned her Gold Award, Physics for the Freedom Schools.Her project focused on introducing physics to elementary school students so that they would want to choose to study the topic in high school. Morgan created a five-lesson curriculum for students in grades 3-5 and reached over 140 students over the summer of 2013. Her program will also be distributed 87 cities through her partnership with the nationwide Freedom School program. Her impactful and sustainable project illustrates how the passion of one Girl Scout reaches many.  

In June 2013, Girl Scouts of the USA in partnership with Alcoa Foundation announced the inaugural Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship, which is available for Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who complete a Gold Award project that deals with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  

Concluding a 40-year career with Alcoa and Reynolds Metals Company, the scholarship honors Chuck McLane, a retired Alcoa Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. McLane, a GSUSA Board member, championed this program in support of young women pursuing a STEM education. Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation share McLane's commitment to inspire girls, women, and other under-represented groups on the journey to STEM-related careers.  

Through 2017, Alcoa Foundation will provide $10,000 scholarships to two girls a year. In addition to the financial support, an Alcoa employee will mentor the scholarship recipient during her freshman year of college.  

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award challenges a girl to change the world- or at least her corner of it, and be eligible for college scholarships, too. By the time a Girl Scout puts the final touches on her seven-step project, she will have solved a community problem - not only in the short term, but for years into the future.  

Angela Woods, CEO of Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council expressed her pride in Morgan and noted how "Morgan's dedication her Gold Award Journey is an inspiring example of how the premiere leadership experience for girls provides every Girl Scout with the opportunity to make the world a better place."  

During this multi-year scholarship of $10,000, each girl will be awarded $5,000 in the 2014 Fall Semester and another $5,000 in her junior year at an accredited college, if she maintains a 3.0 GPA and plans to continue her education in STEM or a related subject.  

About Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council serves more 23,000 girls and volunteers in eight counties of North and South Carolina ? Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York (S.C.) counties. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, visit or call 704-731-6500.  

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $470million. Founded 62 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $590 million. In 2013, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $22 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow's leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa's thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company's signature Month of Service program, in 2013, a record 62 percent of Alcoa employees took part in nearly 1,300 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 505,000 people and 1,900 nonprofit organizations. For more information, and follow@AlcoaFoundationon Twitter.  

About Alcoa
A global leader in lightweight metals engineering and manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable food and beverage packaging, high-performance defense vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and more efficient power generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and today, our 60,000 people in 30 countries deliver value-add products made of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and produce best-in-class bauxite, alumina and primary aluminum products. For more information, visit, follow @Alcoa on Twitter at and follow us on Facebook at

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