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Gold Award Girl Scouts: Issues of the world, meet your match.

Gold Award Girl Scouts

Issues of the world, meet your match. 

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Once achieved, it shows colleges, employers, and your community that you’re out there changing the world.

Join a century of women who have done big things. Learn about scholarships for Gold Award Girl Scouts, the history of the Gold Award, and the benefits of going Gold. 

Begin Your Girl Scout Gold Award Journey Today!

There are two deadlines for Gold Award Final Reports:

  • Girls currently working on their Gold Award Project, if you would like to be included in this year’s Gold Award Ceremony (June 2022), you must submit your final paperwork by March 31, 2022.
  • Graduating Ambassadors (will be included in next year’s Gold Award Ceremony in June 2023), you must submit your final paperwork by September 30, 2022

Everything you need is here. View the requirements, register a user account and begin following the steps in the online application. 


Get inspiration for your Girl Scout Gold Award project from our amazing Gold Award Girl Scouts from 2021 and 2022.


Gold Take Action Projects at GSWCF

Please fill out the High Awards at GSWCF form and bring with you to your meeting with the property ranger. Once a ranger has approved your idea, please submit your form to for committee approval. The Gold Award Committee will approve or provide feedback regarding your project within 10 business days. With committee approval you can proceed with your Gold Award Project. 

Looking to spread the word about your project? For public relations and media questions please email Stephanie Adamo at

Ask A Gold Award Girl Scout

Wondering how to start your Gold Award? As you tackle Step One in GoGold, the GoGold application system, the 2019 National Gold Award Girl Scouts are here to help. They’ll answer your most pressing questions about becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout. 

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Go Above and Beyond

 Prudential Spirit Awards honor outstanding youth volunteerism. Applications due Nov. 3 each year to .


Below are some scholarship opportunities for Gold Award Girl Scouts. Some of these scholarships are through Girl Scouts and others are separate organizations. In that case,  you would have to contact them to get more information. 

Always ask the college or university you plan to attend if they offer scholarships for the Girl Scout Gold Award, leadership, or civic engagement. If your college is unsure, please have them contact Alison Wernicke at 813-262-1826 or

You can see more scholarship opportunities on GSUSA's Scholarship Website or on the College Scholarships Website.

Ann Hensler Scholarship

The Ann Hensler Scholarship is in honor of Ann Hensler, a past GSWCF Executive Director and a 1992 Woman of Distinction who was with GSWCF for approximately 10 years. She passed away from cancer in 1999, and in her will she donated funds to be used as a scholarship for Gold Award Girl Scouts in recognition of their acomplishments.

The first place recipient recieves $600 and the second place recipient recieves $500 to be used towards the next step in their education. 

Learn more and apply.

Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation

The Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation awards two types of scholarships to undergraduate women who have attained the Girl Scout Silver or Gold Award: the Academic Scholarship to study a Foreign Language, and the Scholarship to Study Abroad.

Learn more and apply.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, a program of the nonprofit organization Young Heroes Project, celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment.

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GSUSA Scholarship

The GSUSA Gold Award Scholarship program recognizes the outstanding achievement of and provides financial support to one Gold Award Girl Scout per council.

To complete the application, have girls log into their GoGold accounts at and look for the “Apply for a GSUSA Gold Award Scholarship” box on the dashboard.

GSWCF Scholarship

Funded by ad purchases in the Gold Award Ceremony program, the GSWCF scholarship is a scholarship opportunity for Gold Award Girl Scouts in the west central Florida area. This new scholarship provides Gold Award Girl Scouts with funds to help support their higher education. 

Learn more and apply.

GTE Federal Credit Union

GTE offers scholarships up to $2,500 for high school students that have demonstrated leadership abilities, have work-related experience, and have shown a commitment to community service. Applicants should be prepared to submit an essay of up to 1,000 words to apply. 

Learn more and apply.

Hillsborough County Scholarship

Hillsborough County's Community Action Board Scholarship program offers scholarships, worth up to $5,000 each, to eligible students wishing to continue their post-secondary education. The scholarships can be used at trade schools, community colleges, or four-year universities. The scholarships are awarded to students to help alleviate some of the financial burden college tuition creates for many students, so they can focus on furthering their education, not bills.

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Hiram College Scholarship

This scholarship is available for Girl Scouts attending Hiram College that have earned their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award. Gold Award Girl Scouts can earn up to 62% of their tuition and fees. 

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Regions offers a scholarship essay contest for high school seniors and current college students. The essay is 500 words or less and is in response to a question posted on their website for a specific time frame. High School students can earn up to $5,000 and current college students can earn up to $3,500.  

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Society of Women Engineers

The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to those who identify as a female/woman and are studying community college, baccalaureate, or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. 

Learn more and apply.

Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College offers scholarships for young women who have completed the Gold Award. Thanks to generous donations, Girl Scouts who have been accepted at Sweet Briar from anywhere in the United States can apply for one of five $2,500 awards. Each scholarship award is for the first year of study.

Learn more and apply.

Tampa Bay Lightning Heroes of Tomorrow

The Lightning Community Hero program recognizes grassroots Heroes whose noble efforts make a positive impact of others.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars

The Veterans of Foreign Wars offers a Scout of the Year program that provides Girl Scouts who display standout citizenship, patriotism and love of country with the opportunity to be rewarded with college scholarships of up to $5,000. 

Learn more.


Need some help? Contact Alison Wernicke at or 813-262-1826