Girl Scouts of Hawaii benefit from Monsanto grant

Girl Scouts of Hawaii (GSH) are the proud recipients of a $20,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund. The needed funds will be used for GSH’s After School Leadership program.

While a variety of leadership development programs exist in Hawaii for youth in high school, far fewer start with elementary school age children and continue through high school. GSH offers programs within the community that are unique in their singular focus on the leadership development of K-12 grade girls, and is a public service to under-resourced families who would otherwise not be able to afford to send their girls to the After School Leadership Program.

GSH’s after school program has been partially funded in past years, however, Monsanto’s grant will help to close the gap on the cost of running this program each year.

“Making this leadership curriculum available, especially to girls from under-resourced families, is reflective of Hawaii’s spirit of aloha,” said John Purcell, Monsanto’s Hawaii Business and Technology Lead. “We’re proud to support the Girl Scouts of Hawaii’s program which helps K-12 grade girls acquire invaluable life skills including developing a strong sense of self, promoting cooperation and resolving conflicts. These efforts contribute to making the world a better place.”

The Council of the Girl Scouts of Hawaii was chartered in 1919, making it the oldest council west of the Mississippi River. The first Girl Scout troop was started by Queen Liliuokalani and Florence Lowe, a teacher at Kamehameha Schools in 1917.  For more information visit

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at