2011 Gold Award Recipient—Melia Coury

Posted: Apr 15, 2011

When patients step into the waiting room at Arizona Child Studies Center, they have Melia Coury to thank for what they see.  Melia is the creator of Project Comfort which painted murals for the non-profit behavioral health clinic. Coury is also a Girl Scout and will be awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award for her community service project.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout age 14-18 may earn. The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into "going for the Gold." The project is something that fulfills a need within a girl's community (whether local or global), creates change, and hopefully, is something that becomes ongoing.

For her Gold Award project, Coury designed and painted a mural that encompasses the room in the theme of the four seasons. She also painted four canvas boards using different snapshots of the mural, that are placed in the hallway leading into the exam rooms.

“I have always had an interest in the arts and design, and I am also interested in the healing aspect of the medical field,” she said. “I have a greater understanding for how colors and images affect people.”

Coury has also received the Girl Scouts Bronze and Silver Awards, and has earned all four Catholic Religous Awards as an Catholic Honors Scout.  She has been involved in Girl Scouts since kindergarten.

Coury lives in Glendale and comes from a large scouting family. “We have 10 Eagle Scouts with number 11 coming up soon,” she said. “Both of my parents have been scout leaders for nearly 20 years and both have been awarded the Silver Beaver.”
When not in school or volunteering, she likes performing, drawing and painting, hiking, biking, swimming, and reading.  She has competed in dance for ten years and was elected as 'Best Female Dancer' by her senior class.

Coury’s motto is, “Count your blessing,” and she admires her dad most.  “He works all of the time and still finds space for family, friends, and volunteering,” she said.  “He has a huge heart for so many people.”

After graduation, Coury plans on attending Arizona State University at Barretts, the Honors College where she will be studying Design and Marketing.

Coury will be awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award March 26, 2011 at the Heard Museum.