Monsanto Fund Grant Helps Girl Scouts Gain Leadership Experience

Leadership and having a positive self-image are vital characteristics young women should develop at an early age. Recently, the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council partnered with Monsanto’s site in Soda Springs, Id. to help girls from low-income households acquire qualities such as these.

The Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council was presented an $8,000 check from the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, at a presentation on Friday, Sept. 30. The nonprofit organization, which serves young women across southeast Idaho, Eastern Oregon and parts of Northern Nevada, will use the donation to support a self-image and leadership-building program.

The grant will also provide scholarships for girls to attend Girl Scout camp. The scholarships are awarded based on a combination of merit and need.

“I love that the Girl Scout movement is about showing leadership, and I love the concept of empowering allgirls and allwomen to be their very best,” Shelli Rambo Roberson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council, said.

Allegra Belknap, Monsanto environmental, safety and health business lead at Soda Springs and local Girl Scout volunteer, was also excited to play a part in the donation.

“We are honored to support a program that helps girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives: strong values, social conscience, and conviction of their own self-worth,” she said. “It is from this talented group of youth that Monsanto hopes to recruit our employees and business leaders of the future.”

This grant is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund, which is focused on strengthening farming communities, as well as the communities where Monsanto’s employees live and work. To learn more about the Monsanto Fund and the programs it supports, visit