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Awards & Recognition

2018 Enterprise Bank & Trust Company Celebration of Excellence

Non-Profit of the Year Award finalist

The Non-Profit Award honors and recognizes a non-profit organization whose achievements and accomplishments are a result of successfully meeting or exceeding their mission and goals, making a significant and positive impact on the communities it serves.

2018 Non-Profit Alliance Award

Board Member Award winner– Mary Lou Keenan

As a board member for more than two decades, Mary Lou has contributed to development strategies at our organization, has a deep understanding and dedication to our mission, actively participates in board meetings, volunteers with our young members, and makes a genuine effort to reinforce a positive culture among all our staff and volunteers.

Program Staff Award finalist– Leyda Mercado

As a program staff, Leyda upholds our mission and delivers our educational services to hundreds of girls every year. She is always creative in her curriculum development to keep programs relevant, modern, and dynamic that are beneficial to our girls. She has an incredible understanding and dedication to our mission and makes great strides to improve the quality of life of the children and families she serves.

2018 Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Young Professional Awards

This award honors impressive Young Professionals who continually demonstrate outstanding leadership, business achievement and commitment to the community.

Congratulations to Maritza Grooms, Teen Coordinator and Pam Larocque, Program Coordinator of Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell for receiving the Distinguished Young Professional Award this year from the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Committee. Girls Inc. is so proud of these two inspiring, dedicated, and passionate community leaders and role models. We are excited to see what they will accomplish for our community in the future!

2017 UMass Lowell Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award

We are so incredibly honored to have received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award at the UMass Lowell Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Annual MLK Celebration Dinner!!! This dinner recognizes members of the university community and the public who exemplify the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to social justice. Here at Girls Inc. we emphasize service to our community in the work we do and programs we run and aim to instill that sense of community into the girls we serve. We are grateful to be a part of a community that is committed to celebrating diversity and promoting equality for all!

Girls Inc. is happy to share a spotlight video courtesy of Lowell Telecommunications 2016 Community Development Week.

Learn more about us and our inspiring staff.  Check out the YouTube video  here.


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

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:

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!


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”