by sara cullins, kappa delta foundation associate director of development From Bhutan, South Asia, to Puerto Rico, 10 young women are using their experiences as Girl Scouts to affect change in their communities and around the world. On Oct. 29, 2016, these women, also Gold Award recipients, were named the 2016 Girl Scouts of the USA Young Women of Distinction, and each received a $5,000 scholarship from the Kappa Delta Foundation. Kappa Delta has presented the Young Women of Distinction scholarship awards since 2000. Becoming a Young Woman of Distinction is no easy task. It requires determination, innovation, compassion and hard work. These women must research and select a topic related to a national or global issue, create a plan that achieves sustainable and measurable impact, invite others to take action and then take the lead to complete the plan. Among the results, one young woman co-founded a service club called READ (Rural Education and Development) Bhutan that raised $160,000 to build a READ center in rural Bhutan and include in it more than 3,200 donated books. In Puerto Rico, a young woman launched a program for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math to develop their STEM interests and network with professionals. These young women are building confidence and inspiring action around the world, and the Kappa Delta Foundation is proud to partner with the Girl Scouts of the USA to honor the Young Women of Distinction and their vision, courage, confidence and character. x Pictured above: Kappa Delta Executive Director Pamela Nix, at left, with the 2016 Young Women of Distinction Award recipients and Girl Scouts of the USA interim CEO Sylvia Acevedo.