Fulton Schools student wins prestigious Girl Scouts Scholarship

As a Girl Scout for over a decade seeking to make a lasting impact with her Gold Award project, the culmination of her experience as a troupe member, Katie Holm identified an urgent need for mental health support among her peers. She sought out the best mental health resources she could find, corresponding with professionals to hone the content she would share on her website: We Mean to Help

Holm, a materials science and engineering sophomore in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, meticulously curated a collection of mental health resources. 

The website acquaints users with the basics of mental wellness verbiage before referring them to other sites, easing the confusion out of the process for young audiences. Holm sought contributions from a variety of authors for the website’s blog to include different perspectives to better support a broader audience. 

Holm also developed a Facebook community to share uplifting and constructive content on a regular basis and interviewed a number of guests for a podcast spinoff of the website.

This penchant for problem-solving follows Holm in her academic work. She pursued engineering as an elective throughout high school, enjoying the hands-on and engaging curriculum. 

After receiving her Gold Award, Holm applied for the Gold Award Scholarship and was selected as the Arizona recipient of $10,000 to support her tuition. 

Ever-engaged in her community, Holm is now a Gold Award mentor to guide the next generation of Girl Scouts through the process of the project. She also serves as a Future Business Leaders of America state and chapter officer. 

The Fulton Schools encourage bold thinking and aspire to continue attracting exceptional students like Holm who continue the university’s legacy of excellence and innovation.