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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!

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

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Get inspiration for your Girl Scout Gold Award project from our amazing Gold Award Girl Scouts from 2019 and 2018.

Go Above and Beyond

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

 Apply for the Ann Hensler Scholarship! Applications are due April 30, all materials turned in after the deadline will not be considered. See the application for requirements.


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

GSWCF offers its Gold Award Girl Scouts the Ann Hensler Scholarship

1st place receives $600 2nd place receives $300 and 3rd place receives $200. Deadline to apply is end of April each year.

For more information please contact Alison Wernicke.

Paul Smith College Scholarship

This scholarship is available to incoming Paul Smith’s College students.

Learn more.

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.

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. 

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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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National Gold Award Girl Scouts

National Gold Award Scouts

Every year, ten exceptionally inspiring Gold Award Girl Scouts are chosen by GSUSA as National Gold Award Scouts.

This honor is given to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors whose Gold Award projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge related to a national and/or global issue. These young women are taking matters into their own hands, generating much-needed change!

How are the National Gold Award Scouts chosen?

The nomination process begins in March with each council nominating three Gold Award Girl Scouts before April 30. Councils select their top three Gold Award Girl Scouts using GoGold Online. Girl Scouts who would like their councils to consider nominating them as a National Gold Award Scouts are required to use GoGold Online

GSUSA then ensures a rigorous review process, during which each application is thoroughly evaluated by GSUSA staff and an external panel of trusted partners. Once the list is narrowed, GSUSA's internal National Gold Award Scouts team selects the top ten.

Learn more. 

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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Moffitt Healthy KIDZ Program

The Moffit Healthy KIDZ Role Model Scholarship provides funds to graduating high school seniors to hlep contribute to their academic futures. A resume, reference letter, acceptance letter from a college, university, trade, or vocational school, and 500 word essay are among the requirements. 

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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. 

Learn more.


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