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Through our membership in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, GSUSA is part of a worldwide family of over 10 million members in 145 countries. Your Gold Award has local—and global—impact!
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award challenges you to change the world—or at least your corner of it, and be eligible for college scholarships, too. By the time you put the final touches on your seven-step project, you'll have solved a community problem—not only in the short term, but for years into the future. Check out the seven steps below.
Girl Scout Gold Award recipients do well in life! They rate their general success in life significantly higher and report higher success in reaching their goals within many areas.
As a Gold Award recipient, you're part of an elite group of women. Starting in 1916, the best and brightest undertook projects that improved their communities—and the world. The Golden Eaglet insignia, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916 to1939, marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing the extraordinary efforts of extraordinary girls. From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouting. From 1963 to 1980, the highest award was called First Class. And since 1980, the Gold Award has inspired girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities. See a historical slideshow.
Congratulations to Gabriella Smith, Gold Award Recipient from Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and Kaitlyn Kanis, Gold Award Recipient from Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana, for winning the inaugural Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship! In June, Girl Scouts of the USA partnered with the Alcoa Foundation to present the inaugural Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship available to Gold Award recipients who completed projects in STEM.
The scholarship honors Chuck McLane, a retired Alcoa Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. McLane, a GSUSA Board member, championed this program in support of young women pursuing a STEM education. Concluding a 40-year career with Alcoa and Reynolds Metals Company, Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation share McLane's commitment to inspire girls, women, and other under-represented groups on the journey to STEM-related careers.
Through 2017, Alcoa Foundation will provide $10,000 scholarships to two girls a year. In addition to financial support, an Alcoa employee will mentor the scholarship recipient during her freshman year of college.
Gabriella Smith earned her Gold Award with her project on Haggett's Pond in Andover, Mass. Her project focused on mapping Haggett's Pond's many trails, constructing a kiosk to house the park and pond map and providing a website so visitors can access the map on their smartphones and share photos.
Kaitlyn Kanis earned her Gold Award with her project focused on Churubusco Community Park in Churubusco, Ind. Her project focused on building 12 bat houses in the park to create an environmentally friendly solution to the millions of mosquitoes in Churubusco Park.
Stay tuned for instructions on how to apply for the 2014 Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship!