Congratulations, you’ve earned the Gold Award! And guess what? You might be eligible to apply for a Girl Scout scholarship! We know how hard all our girls work to make the world a better place and we’re so excited to support you in your continued leadership journey!
An academic scholarship for one chosen high school senior member of Virginia Skyline Girl Scouts who has earned the Gold Award or will have completed it before entering college. An application can be completed here online (this scholarship application opens December 1 and closes March 1 each year). More details can be found here.
Girl Scouts of the USA National Young Women of Distinction Award
National Young Woman of Distinction (NYWOD) is the designation conferred by Girl Scouts of the USA on ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue. For more information on past NYWOD girls, click here. Information about the next NYWOD competition has not yet been released by Girl Scouts of the USA. Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline will keep you informed through The Girl Scout Connection as soon as it is received; normally the application and deadline is announced the spring of each year.
Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship: $10,000
This scholarship recognizes exceptional Girl Scouts who complete a Gold Award project that deals with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and who plan to pursue a STEM-related college degree and career. And, of course, these girls exemplify what Girl Scouts is all about—building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. From 2013 through 2017, the Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship Program will provide $10,000 scholarships to two girls a year.
VFW Scout of the Year Contest: $1,000-$5,000
This award scholarship recognizes Gold Award recipients and Eagle Scouts who have risen above their peers in exemplifying the qualities of that rank. Awards at the national level range from $1,000 to $5,000. Information as well as the Scout of the Year application can be found here.
KPMG Future Leaders Program: $10,000 for each year of college
KPMG Future Leaders Program selects top-achieving female high school seniors from across the United States for a $10,000 scholarship for each year of college (four years). Selected students attend a three-day retreat at Stanford University the summer before their freshman year of college and participate in a yearlong mentorship program in which they are paired with a female leader from KPMG Women's Leadership Summit. Applications are due in January of each year.
Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship: Hollins University
The amount awarded varies. Submit proof of your Girl Scout Award to
the Hollins University Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance
before February 1 of the year you enroll. The scholarship amount is
renewable and can be used only toward tuition. Open only to first-year
Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship: Sweet Briar College
Two awards, each valued at $2,500, are available for eligible incoming first-year students who have achieved the Girl Scout Gold Award. One is designated for a student who is a member of a Girl Scout troop in Virginia, while the other is open to a Girl Scout troop member anywhere in the United States. The scholarship is renewable for four years of study at Sweet Briar if a grade point average of 3.0 is maintained. More info here.
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards: $1,000-$5,000
This program sponsored by Prudential Financial, in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, recognizes young people for their volunteer service. All state-level honorees will receive special recognition; top high school and middle school volunteers receive silver medallions, $1,000 awards, and an all-expense paid trip to the nation's capital for several days of national recognition events. The top 10 youth volunteers will be announced at a ceremony, and each will receive an additional $5,000, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy and a $5,000 grant from the Prudential Foundation for a charitable non-profit of their choice. Open to any Girl Scout Cadette, Senior or Ambassador; however particularly well-qualified candidates will likely be Silver and Gold Award recipients. Applications are normally due in early November of each year. Email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. More info here.