We know the years with us have prepared you for a lifetime of leadership, and we cannot wait to see what your next move is. Your time in Girl Scouts has also given you an advantage when it comes to higher learning; you are eligible for many college scholarships and other awards that are only offered to Girl Scouts. To get started, view the local listings below or search GSUSA’s scholarship listings.
Going Gold Pays Off
Earning your Girl Scout Gold Award is an excellent way to help you stand out from the crowd. A Gold Award Girl Scout’s achievements prime her for the fast track when it comes to college admissions, and make her an outstanding candidate for academic scholarships and other financial awards.
Eligible Gold Award Girl Scouts can apply for the national Gold Award Scholarship. (The 2023 submission period is closed; dates for 2024 will be published soon.)
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30 two-year scholarships are designed to boost the number of degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics awarded to women and minority students. They will graduate debt-free, ready for a well-paying career or transfer to a 4-year school!
The She Believes She Can, So She Does scholarship supports girls pursuing higher education opportunities, including vocational training and undergraduate education. The scholarship will provide more opportunities for girls looking to further their skills and education while contributing to the leadership and workforce pipeline.
The scholarship will be directed to the institution of higher learning in the fall of 2023 with a minimum award amount of $500. Applications are open to girls who are currently enrolled in high school or higher education/training program.
Download Application (PDF); deadline is April 14, 2023.
The selected scholarship recipient is encouraged to attend the Higher Awards celebration when the scholarship will be announced publicly.
The scholarship was created for Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast. If you’re interested in helping fund the She Believes She Can, So She Does scholarship, please make a gift today through our online donation system.
Gold Award Girl Scout Maylea Beasley was a member of Girl Scout Troop 475 in Virginia Beach. She was a freshman at James Madison University when she was involved in a fatal accident on November 14, 2020. It was her family’s wish to recognize a Gold Award Girl Scout with a scholarship as a way to honor Maylea’s commitment to making the world a better place.
One scholarship is available to a graduating senior who is a member of a recognized Girl Scout troop of the Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast and has been the recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award by their senior year of high school. Recipient must attend an accredited college or university. Application deadline: April 15, 2023.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) sponsors many opportunities for girls to earn awards and scholarships throughout the year. You can get all the details and applications for these and other awards at vfw.org.
Scout of the Year Award | View Rules and Application
Gold Award Girl Scouts may enter a Veterans of Foreign Wars sponsored competition—Scout of the Year Award—and possibly receive a $5,000 scholarship! Those girls who have earned the Gold Award and are in high school are eligible. All entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, March 1.
Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Competition | Learn more
Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the VFW’s premier scholarship program. Students—including Girl Scouts—compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. (The 2023-24 theme is: "What Are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy?") Each year, nearly 25,000 ninth through twelfth grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.3 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. All entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, October 31.
Patriot’s Pen | Learn more
Youth in grades 6-8 are invited to enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards. Each first place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first place winner wins $5,000! The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. (The 2023-24 theme is: "How Are You Inspired by America?") All entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, October 31.
In partnership with the Girl Scouts of the USA, 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 on how to apply.
Addressing student debt. Dismantling inequity. Creating thriving communities. If making real change to real problems is what inspires you, you may be an Emerging Visionary. Open to young leaders ages 14-18 who are challenging the status quo and bringing fresh perspectives to solving financial and societal challenges. Winners may qualify to receive up to $15,000 in awards, an all-expenses-paid trip to Prudential’s headquarters with a parent or guardian, as well as ongoing coaching and skills development to grow their projects. Applications are being accepted through November 2, 2023. Learn more at changemakers.com.