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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!

Check-out Girl Scouts of the USA's Scholarship Search Engine for Gold Award AND graduating seniors. 

Betty G. Norris Gold Award Scholarship: $2,500

A $2,500 academic scholarship for one high school senior member of Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline who has earned the Gold Award or will have completed it before starting her post-secondary or vocational education. One scholarship awarded each year. 

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.

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Girl Scouts of the USA Gold Award Scholarship Program

This year,  2021, GSUSA is launching a new scholarship program to recognize and provide financial support to one Gold Award Girl Scout per council.  These Gold Award Girl Scouts have completed Gold Award projects that demonstrate extraordinary leadership, measurable and sustainable impact, and that address an issue of national and/or global significance.

Each Girl Scout council will select their scholarship recipient from among the Gold Award Girl Scouts in their council, based on a rigorous local review process. In addition to receiving an academic scholarship, each recipient will receive an official letter of notification, promotion that helps them reach a broad audience while highlighting the importance and impact of their projects and recognition at GSUSA’s Movement-wide Girl Scouts Change the World Celebration on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

Who is eligible? Any Gold Award Girl Scout whose Gold Award final report has been approved by their council in GoGold, between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, is eligible to apply. Girl Scouts who earned their Gold Award after March 2021 can apply for the scholarship in a future year. 

Eligible girls can apply in GoGold. Simply log in to your account and click on “Apply for a GSUSA Gold Award Scholarship” in the dashboard. You will be asked to submit responses to four essay questions, as well as a link to a video that is about a minute long.

VFW Scout of the Year Contest: $1,000-$5,000

This award scholarship recognizes Gold Award Girl Scouts 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 per 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.

GS 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. Check-out this flyer regarding Girl Scouts at Sweet Briar College

GS 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 students. More info here

GS Gold Award Scholarship: Marymount University

Marymount University waives its application fee when Girl Scouts apply to its college. Plus Girl Scouts who have earned the Gold Award can also qualify for 1 of 5 scholarships. Scholarship application is here

Prudential Emerging Visionaries: up to $15,000

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards has evolved into the national recognition program called Emerging Visionaries. Prudential Financial alongside Ashoka, a leading social impact organization, awards young leaders for their innovative solutions specifically geared to financial or societal challenges. Students who want to make a change can receive up to $15,000 in awards, coaching, and an all-expense trip to Prudential headquarters. Girl Scouts ages 14-18 are eligible to apply.

Applications are normally due in early November of each year. More info here