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Be Part of a Global Sisterhood

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!

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United We Serve

Prudential Spirit Awards honor outstanding youth volunteerism

Girls can partner with their Girl Scout councils on small grants to support their Awards take action projects. Contact your council if you plan on applying for a grant. Youth Service America Service Wire.

Are You Ready to Make a Difference in the World?

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.

The Benefits of Going Gold

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.


100 Years of Extraordinary Projects from Extraordinary Girls

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.

2014 Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship for Gold Award Recipients

Provided by Alcoa Foundation, The Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship awarded to two Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who completed a Gold Award project in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM).

The parameters and structures of the scholarship include:

Applicants must submit completed applications (DOC) to their council. Each council is responsible for reviewing the applications they receive and for selecting up to two nominees to submit to GSUSA before February 14, 2014.  Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 30, 2014.

Contact: Councils may direct any questions and nominees to  AlcoaScholarship@girlscouts.org

2013 YWOD Go Gold!