The Halle Grace Foundation seeks to inspire and encourage today's youth through motivational articles, inspirational quotes, and relevant online resources. In addition, the Foundation currently provides an annual scholarship open to college-bound girls partcipating in Girl Scouts of America.
Coping with Stress
Halle Grace coped with many of her life's challenges in positive, unique ways. In fact, we are working on compliling her own words of wisdom into a book to share with other teen's facing their own struggles.
Here are a few of her favorites:
* Dance and listen to music
* Talk or text friends
* Read a good book
* Admire cute boys
* Bake something yummy
* Attend worship with youth group
Leaving a Legacy
Halle lived each day of her life with purpose. She knew each day was a gift. And in her last few days, we asked Halle what she wanted to leave behind for us. She expressed her desire for us to all learn from her. She wanted us to learn to live life to the fullest, to smile, even when you don't feel like doing so, and to dance even when you are in pain. She promised she would send us a little sparkle to remind us she is still around.
What will your legacy be...
Extra-Ordinary Youth -
Brandon and Chloe Fann
One of the “perks” of having a child(ren) with disabilities is that you get to meet some amazing families. It is a club of sorts that you belong to you. One that you wish upon no one, but treasure once you are in it. Don’t get me wrong, I would do anything to take the pain away from my children and all the medical challenges they face, but what I have learned is to embrace the joys that come along this journey. I often tell my kiddos, “we can’t necessarily control how we are made or what medical issues we must face, but we can control how we react to it.” Our reactions aren’t always joyful. They are sometimes raw, painful, and real – but we face them head on as a family. And when there are times of considerable joy and humor, we embrace that too with open arms
Girl Scout Gold Award
One of Halle's best friends in the world, Caitlin Salerno, recently completed the most prestigious award in Girl Scouts: The Gold Award. Halle was unable to complete her high school years with her devoted GS Troop 5, but these girls remain in our lives and I know Halle remains in their hearts. We feel honored to share Caitlin's project on our Foundation website as it highlights some important messages for teens today. Be sure to check out Caitlin's video below.
We also want to send a special shout out to Halle's other dearest friend, Lizzie Corn, who stars in the video. We are excited to share that Lizzie recently completed her Gold Award project this year. Please visit the website Lizzie develop that shares volunteer opportunities for teen looking to get involved in their local community.
And we can't forget another special Troop member, Jane McGinnis, completed her Gold Award this summer as well! Halle was blessed with some amazing friends in her life. I am so proud of you Caitlin, Lizzie and Jane and I know Halle is too! Wishing you three all the best as you enter your Senior Year! Class of 2018.
Girl Scout Scholarship
Halle was a Girl Scout for 9 years in Troop 5 in the West Central Florida Chapter. She thrived in Girl Scouts. She developed independence, built her self-confidence, celebrated others through volunteerism, shared her passion for life with others, set an example for younger girls and most importantly formed life-long friendships. She especially loved the trips she and her troop took together. These included: Savannah GA - birthplace of the founder of Girl Scouts of America, Washington DC -the nation's capital and most recently, her troop planned a last minute trip to Universal as Halle's health declined. These girls wanted Halle to be with them on one last trip. Halle passed away just two months later. The Girl Scout Mission is to build girls' courage, confidence and character. Halle and her Troop 5 friends exuded these traits. I will be forever grateful to Girl Scout Troop 5 for the love and friendship they gave Halle over the years and I think those girls will never forgot the most strict Sergeant of Arms - Halle Grace.
Eligibility requirements for the annual $500 Halle Grace Scholarship:
* Must be an active Girl Scout
* Must be a Girl Scout for a minimum of 5 years.
*Must be a graduating college-bound high school senior.
*Must represent one or more of the traits of a Girl Scout as identified by the G.S. mission or G.S. law.
Please submit a one page essay on why you feel you exhibit the traits of a Girl Scout or write to us on how Girl Scouts has impacted your life.
We also ask that you submit at least one letter of recommendation from a Girl Scout leader, teacher or boss.
Please also include the name of the high school you are attending and the college you hope to attend next Fall.
All information must be submitted prior to April 15, 2018 to be considered for the 2018 Halle Grace Scholarship.
Information should be mailed to:
The Halle Grace Foundation
c/o Jill Heilman
2928 Chelsea Woods Dr.
Valrico, FL 33596