Congratulations on becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout! You have created lasting change in the world while earning the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Now that you’ve earned a Gold Award, did you know that you can apply for a national scholarship for your post-secondary education? The GSUSA Gold Award Scholarship recognizes and provides financial support to one Gold Award Girl Scout per council and one from USA Girl Scouts Overseas.
Scholarship recipients must have completed a Gold Award project that demonstrates extraordinary leadership and measurable, sustainable impact and addresses an issue of national and/or global significance. Does this sound like you or a Gold Award Girl Scout you know? See application requirements and important information below and make plans to apply.
The GSUSA Gold Award Scholarship will be awarded to one remarkable Girl Scout per council.
Gold Award Girl Scouts who are high school seniors or recent high school graduates can apply for the 2024 program. Specifically:
Gold Award Girl Scouts who applied in a previous year are not eligible to re-apply.
To be eligible, all Gold Award Girl Scouts must have their final report approved in the GoGold web app within the eligibility date range.
Gold Award Girl Scouts who are not yet in 12th grade will have the opportunity to apply in their senior year.
Apply between March 15–April 17, 2024. All applicants will receive status updates in June 2024.
In addition to providing demographic information, a headshot with photo release, and confirmation of Gold Award status, each applicant will answer four essay questions in 500 words or fewer per question about their Gold Award:
Please summarize your project in a narrative describing the root cause, how your project addresses it, the resources you leveraged, and how you achieved your goal. Be sure to indicate how you displayed leadership, detailing 1) how you led a team to accomplish your goals and 2) how you involved appropriate community members in your solution.
Please describe how your project had measurable and sustainable impact. Share how you collected information or data throughout your project and used it to show how your actions had an impact on your issue. Then, share how your project carries on or continues to have impact even after you’ve done your part!
Please describe how your project had a local connection to a national or global issue. Why does your project matter? Explain how your project meaningfully addressed an issue that is relevant nationwide and/or worldwide.
Please describe the impact completing your Gold Award project has had on you. Include what new skills you may have gained, what qualities you have learned about yourself, and how these discoveries will help you in the future.
Scholarships will be applied to tuition, fees, books, and supplies required for course work at accredited institutions in the United States and abroad. These institutions include two-year colleges, four-year colleges, vocational schools, and technical schools. Students may transfer from one institution to another and retain the award. Scholarships may not be applied to room and board and cannot be used to purchase a laptop if not required for all students attending the institution or course.
Complete applications will be evaluated using GSUSA’s national rubric on the degree to which the applicant/their Gold Award project:
Identified and addressed a root cause of their issue with a robust project plan
Had measurable and sustainable impact and a connection to a larger national or global issue
Used the resources available to them to increase their project’s reach or expand its impact
Led a team and engaged the community they served in their solution, when relevant
Reflected on the impact completing their Gold Award project had on them
An independent selection committee will narrow down each council’s applicants to up to three finalists, then each council will nominate their finalist to Girl Scouts of the USA for approval. One Gold Award Girl Scout per council and from USA Girl Scouts Overseas (up to 112 total) will receive a $5,000 scholarship.
Decisions are final and are not subject to appeal. No application feedback will be given.
Scholarship recipients will receive an email in June instructing them to complete their online acceptance form. The form will confirm the enrollment info for their academic institution (accredited institution of higher learning) for scholarship disbursement in July/August.
Note: Scholarship award funds will be sent directly to the recipient’s college/university. They will have the choice of having the award funds sent via check or directly to their college/university's bank account via ACH.
When selected, scholarship recipients agree to:
Absolutely! You are a terrific candidate for scholarship opportunities, including scholarships aimed specifically at Gold Award Girl Scouts. Be sure to check out the Scholarships for Girl Scouts webpage for a roundup of these opportunities.