Awards & Recognition

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Girls Incorporated has been ranked one of 2011 top non-profits!


Today’s Girls are Tomorrow’s Leaders

Lowell Affiliate Wins award from Girls Inc National

Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell is the proud recipient of the Outstanding Affiliate Award for two years. 

National Girls Incorporated Awards for Greater Lowell Programs

Each year, Girls Inc. National designates 18-20 Outstanding Program Awards chosen by a panel of judges from applications submitted by 80 affiliates from across the country and Canada. The Greater Lowell affiliate has won the following awards:


Outstanding Affiliate of 2006 – 2007

Medium budget category – $400,000-$799,999.

Over the course of 2005, this organization not only underwent major renovations at their main building, but also raised sufficient funds to become long-term debt free. Throughout the fundraising efforts and facility improvements, board, staff and girls were involved in many capacities. In a year of celebrating their 60th Anniversary, this agency continued to grow in the number of girls served, improved trustee orientation and staff training, and created new partnerships with community organizations to advocate for ALL girls.


Health and Sexuality Award

Museum Mile
Honorable Mention, Culture and Heritage Award

Family Fun Nights
Honorable Mention, Self-Reliance and Life Skills Award


Cooking Club
Self-Reliance and Life Skills Award


Justice for All

Honorable Mention, Careers and Life Planning Award

Healthy You

Honorable Mention, Health and Sexuality Award


Photovoice: A Community Activism Project
Outstanding Program, Leadership and Community Action Award
Annie E. Casey Foundation Award for Strengthening Families (a full curriculum was developed and distributed nationally to other Girls Inc. affiliates)
   Girls With Goals
Outstanding Program, Health and Sexuality Award   J.O.B.S. (Joy of Becoming Successful)
Honorable Mention, Careers and Life Planning Award   Honor Roll for Serving More Girls

* Highest number of national awards of any Girls Inc. affiliate in the country


Baseball Clinic with Mary Pratt
Honorable Mention, Sports and Adventure Award   A Tribute to Women Who Have Influenced Our Lives
Honorable Mention, Communications Award   Honor Roll for Serving More Girls


Read to Me
Honorable Mention, Leadership and Community Action Award


Money Management for Young Women
Outstanding Program, Self-Reliance and Life Skills Award


Mentoring Program
Outstanding Program, Self-Reliance and Life Skills Award

National Awards of Members of Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell

 2013, Kelsey Barowich, PEARL Alumnae College Scholarship

2013, Katelyn Kosiavelon, 8th Grade “Strong, Smart and Bold” Scholarship

2011, Kelsey Barowich, Lucile Miller Wright Scholarship

2002, Jennifer Sanchez and Raven Scott for Photovoice: A Community Activism Project Family Re-Union Conference, Nashville, TN,  Sponsored by Al and Tipper Gore, Vanderbilt University, Tufts University, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation

2000, Negron and Fei Xu, National Essay Winners and Spokespeople for Girls’ Rights Campaign, Fei Xu, National Poetry Award – “The First Day of Second Grade”

1996, Emily Vigeant, National Library of Poetry Anthology – “Stare”


Celebration of Today’s Woman – Award Recipients

In 1994, Girls Incorporated instituted a “Woman of the Year” Award for Greater Lowell with its “Celebration of Today’s Woman” event. Those selected for this award must demonstrate exceptional leadership and commitment; have a strong work ethic, high moral character, great compassion and care for the community and its people; and work with dedication to enhance the quality of life and effect change in the Greater Lowell community.


Carole Cowan, Ed.D.,  President, Middlesex Community College


Susan Black, M.D., Physician, Past Vice President American Academy of Family Physicians


Clementine F. Alexis,  Past Chairman, Lowell General Hospital Board of Trustees

Nicola Tsongas,  Director of External Affairs, Middlesex Community College


Patricia Crane, Vice President, Administrative and External Affairs, Lowell General Hospital


Nancy Donahue, Chairperson, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Whistler House


Eileen Donoghue,  Attorney, City Councilor, former Lowell Mayor


Patricia Bradley,  LPGA Golf Champion, Lowell General TEAM WALK for Cancer Care Honorary Chair


Janice Stecchi, Ed.D., Dean, University of Massachusetts Lowell Chairperson, Saints Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees


Mary Ellen Fitzpatrick, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications, Enterprise Bank and Trust Company


Peggy Palm,  Nursing Home Executive Director,  Board President


Mary Jo Leahey, Founder of the Mary Jo Leahey High School Summer Band Camp at UMass Lowell


Karen Nastasia Frederick, Executive Director of Community Teamwork


Therese O’Connor, President, Whistler House Museum


Jacqueline Maloney, Ed.D.
Executive Vice Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Lowell


Kay George Roberts, D.M.A., Founder/Director UMass Lowell’s String Project


Linda Chemaly, Community Activist


Mary Louise Keenan, Past Girls Inc. Board President, Community Activist


Dorcas Grigg-Saito, Executive Director of Lowell Community Health Center


Deedee O’Brien, Executive Director of Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm


Carol S. Duncan, Former Executive Director of Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell 


Naomi M. Prendergast, Executive Director of D’Youville


Amy J. Hoey, Executive Vice President and COO of Lowell General Hospital/ Circle Health


Judy M. Burke, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at Middlesex Community College