Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay honored LaVerne T. Harmon, president of Wilmington University, on March 28 as the 2019 Woman of Distinction.

During the sold-out dinner and ceremony at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, Harmon announced two full undergraduate scholarships to Wilmington University for teen Girl Scouts.

GSCB CEO Claudia Peña Porretti said the scholarships would be open to teens who are members of the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, graduating high school at the end of this school year and planning to attend college in fall 2019. Each applicant will need to explain the field of study she would like to pursue in college, her life and career goals and how a scholarship from Wilmington University would make a difference in her life. The deadline to apply for this scholarship opportunity is May 1. For more on Girl Scouts scholarships, visit

Every year, GSCB honors women throughout the Delmarva Peninsula who, through their leadership and accomplishments, make the world a better place and are a role model for Girl Scouts. These exemplary women are leaders in their communities, innovators in their field of study and impressive businesswomen.

Harmon became president of Wilmington University in July 2017 after being unanimously approved by its board of trustees. She holds a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Harmon began working at Wilmington University in 1989 and held numerous positions while earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wilmington University, then maintained her full-time position while earning her doctorate. She held key roles in the university’s internal operations, planning and strategic growth, and her tenacity propelled her to flourish from positions as assistant to the president to director of human resources; from director of student affairs and alumni relations to vice president of student affairs; and from executive vice president to president. These experiences and responsibilities prepared Harmon for the expanding role of university president.

Harmon has earned numerous accolades, including the American Council on Education Leadership Award; the National Association of University Women Educator of the Year Award and the Community Service Award; the Markevic A. Johnson Scholarship Foundation Woman of Distinction Award; the Phi Delta Kappa Educator of the Year Award; the Toastmasters District 18 Communication & Leadership Award; the Educator of the Year Award from the Nu Upsilon Chapter of Omega PSI PHI; and a Girls Inc. Strong, Smart & Bold Award.

Additionally, Barbara Dodge, manager of financial planning & analysis for Delmarva Power, announced a new Girl of Distinction award providing a $2,000 scholarship in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Woman of Distinction event. Dodge and Enid Wallace-Sims, senior external affairs specialist, Delmarva Power, presented the award to Caroline Dowd, a senior at MOT Charter High School, who will be attending The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the fall.