Glen Carbon’s Abi Zajac shortlisted for National Girl Scout Scholarship

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois announced that Abi Zajac of Glen Carbon has been selected by Girl Scouts of the USA as a recipient of a Gold Award scholarship.

The Girl Scouts of the USA Gold Award Scholarship recognizes an outstanding Girl Scout Gold Award per council whose project exemplifies the essential elements of the Gold Award. Abi earned her Gold Award by self-publishing an anxiety-themed children’s book. His book, “Bobby Conquers Anxiety,” was created with the goal of educating and reducing the stigma around mental health.

Abi’s efforts were applauded by the Girl Scouts of the USA for the measurable and lasting impact of her project, and the national organization recognized her impact by naming her as one of the scholarship recipients.

“All of us at Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois are extremely proud of Abi for receiving this scholarship,” said Loretta Graham, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois. “Abi is a great example of what Girl Scouting stands for: building brave, confident, strong-willed girls who make the world a better place. We are thrilled that Girl Scouts of the USA has also recognized her tremendous accomplishments.

Abi graduated from Edwardsville High School in 2021 and is currently attending Missouri State University. Abi is the daughter of Amy and David Zajac.


Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois serves nearly 5,000 girls and engages more than 2,000 adult volunteers in 40 southern Illinois counties. Call 800-345-6858 or email [email protected] Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is a nonprofit organization supported by United Ways, corporations, and individual donors throughout the region.

Lucas E. Kelly