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For Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors:

EF Tours Global Citizen Contest
Enter the Global Citizen Contest to win an all expenses paid trip to a great destination.  
November 1, 2014 is the the 2014 application deadline!
Click here for more information. 

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet through leadership and courage in public service. Girl Scouts are excellent candidates for these awards. Nominations may be made by adults who have solid knowledge of the nominee and his or her work, but who are not related to the nominee.
Each year, the Barron Prize selects 10 winners nationwide who receive $2,000 to support their higher education or their service work.
Application deadline is April 30.


For Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors:

Youth Exchange Scholarship Opportunities offered through the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs:

The American Youth Leadership Program
This program offers opportunities for American high students and educators to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program to gain firsthand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues.  
In 2012, more than 300 selected participants will be able to travel to Bangladesh, Cambodia, Japan, Kenya, Mongolia, Norway, or Panama and Costa Rica.  
Recruitment areas and application deadlines vary, so please check the American Youth Leadership Program website for links to the partner organization’s program information.

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
This program offers merit-based scholarships to U. S. high school students to study less commonly taught languages in immersion-style environments. Academic year  and summer programs are available, and no previous language study is required. 
Please check the website for information about the 2013-14 application deadline.  The application and more information about the program can be found at

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)
Established in 1983, this program celebrates German-American friendship based on common values of democracy.  Students live with host families for the academic year, attend school, and participate in community life.
Prior German language skills are not required.
For more information and application deadlines visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at .


For Graduating Seniors 

GSCNC Gold Award Scholarships  

GSCNC/Sarah and Lawrence Phillips Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship Fund (10 scholarships)
Gold Award Scholarship in Honor of Marilynn Carr (1 scholarship)
Shenandoah Region Gold Award Scholarships (3 scholarships)

High school seniors who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award are eligible for one of 17 $1,000 educational scholarships awarded by GSCNC. A Gold Award Scholarship Selection Committee, comprised of local businesswomen, reviews the written applications and identifies semi-finalists to be interviewed in person at the council office. Based on the interviews, committee members select finalists, with equal representation from all areas of the council. Semifinalists who are not selected to receive a scholarship each receive a $150 Visa gift card. Sarah and Lawrence Phillips, long-time Girl Scout volunteers, have provided GSCNC with a generous gift to support the Gold Award Scholarship Program. Additional gifts from anonymous donors fund the Gold Award Scholarship in Honor of Marilynn Carr and the Shenandoah Region Gold Award Scholarships.    
The application deadline is March 15, 2014 (or next business day).  All girls selected as semi-finalists must be available to interview at the GSCNC Main Office in Spring 2014.  Click here for the 2014 application form

The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program awards financial assistance to college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship.  Each year, approximately 20 scholars will receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient.
The 2014 application will be available November 1, 2013. Stay tuned for application deadline! 
For more information, please visit

Kiwanis Club of Washington, DC Joe Riley Youth Leadership Award

This scholarship program is open to any graduating high school senior that both resides in and attends school (public, private and charter schools) in the District of Columbia. Applications will be judged on leadership qualities as demonstrated by their contribution to their school and community, financial need, and academic achievement. Finalists will be interviewed by a panel of business and community leaders to determine the scholarship winners. More than $33,000 in cash scholarships will be awarded including a top award of $15,000. Students selected as finalists will also recieve a new laptop computer.

The deadline for scholarship application is January 24, 2014.
For more information and to apply, please visit the website

The Elks National Foundation MVS Scholarships
Are you one of our country's Most Valuable Students?  Apply to this scholarship competition!  A total of 500 four-year scholarships will be awarded, and prize amounts range from $4000-$60,000.  High school seniors who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply. Male and female students compete separately, and judging is based on scholarship, leadership and financial need.
The 2014 scholarship application deadline is December 6, 2013.  For more information click here.

Thursday Network I EMPOWER Scholarship Fund
The Thursday Network accepts applications annually for its annual I EMPOWER Scholarships.  Students in high school in the District of Columbia, Prince George's County (MD) or Montgomery County (MD), who are planning to enroll in a four-year college or university and who have a GPA of 2.8 or higher are eligible to apply.
The application deadline is typically in late January.
Click here for more information and the application.

Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation Scholarship
The Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory of Corinne Schillings, a 26 - year-old woman who lost her life in the Baltimore Water Taxi accident on March 6, 2004.
Scholarship: The foundation will award scholarships to deserving young women who have earned the Girl Scout Gold or Silver Award and who plan to or are currently pursuing a college major or minor in foreign language. This scholarship is renewable.
Grant: The foundation will provide an airfare stipend for a Silver or Gold Award Girl Scout who plans to study abroad, regardless of her major/minor. It is not necessary to be a scholarship recipient to apply for this one-time grant; nor are scholarship recipients excluded from applying. This grant is not renewable.
Click here for more information.
For more information, contact:

Boo Law Girl Scout Scholarship at Montgomery College
Dedicated Girl Scout volunteer, Boo Law, established the Boo Law Girl Scout Scholarship at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md.
The scholarship is available to a Girl Scout or former Girl Scout who is a US citizen, has been an active Girl Scout for at least 5 years, demonstrates financial need, in academic good standing, and currently lives in Montgomery County or was a resident of the county during the time she was a Girl Scout.

The Spring 2014 Application is available now, and the deadline to apply is January 17, 2014.

For more information, please visit or contact Patricia Lopez, Montgomery College Scholarship Program Director, at

Trinity University/Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital
Trinity University is proud to join forces with GSCNC in celebrating women's achievements and encouraging new generations of girls and women to pursue their dreams through obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees. Trinity will award the following merit scholarships and grants to active Girl Scouts and Troop Leaders who meet Trinity's academic requirements and who choose to attend Trinity:
Girl Scouts Leadership Scholarship for Gold Award Scouts: $5,000
Girl Scouts Leadership Scholarship for Silver Award Scouts: $4,000
Girl Scouts Leadership Scholarship: $3,000
Troop Leader Grant: $1,000
These scholarships are available to Girl Scouts of GSCNC who attend the College of Arts and Sciences at Trinity on a full-time basis during the academic year. These scholarships are renewable annually if the student meets Trinity's academic criteria for scholarship renewals, and these awards are in addition to any other scholarships and financial aid for which the scout is eligible.
Contact: Please call Trinity's Office of Admissions at 202-884-9400.

More Scholarships for College-Bound High School Seniors
GSUSA maintains a list of schools that offer scholarships to Girl Scouts. Check it out at:


For Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients:

GSUSA National Young Women of Distinction Award
National Young Woman of Distinction (NYWOD) is the designation conferred by Girl Scouts of the USA on ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue.

The most recent class of NYWOD girls received a $3,000 scholarship made possible by the generosity of the Ford Foundation and Kappa Delta, and were featured during the National Council Session/Convention in Houston, Texas in November 2011.  They are currently serving as consultants to GSUSA, and occasionally participate in speaking engagements, surveys, webinars and/or other Girl Scout-related activities.

For more information on past NYWOD girls click here
Information about the next NYWOD competition has not yet been released by GSUSA.  GSCNC will post the information as soon as it is received, but it is likely that the next application deadline will not occur until 2013. 

American Legion Auxiliary Girl Scout Achievement Award
The American Legion Auxiliary provides a number of scholarships for high school students with excellent records of community service.
Click here for more information

The VFW Scout of the Year Award
The Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts an annual competition to identify the Scout of the Year, and 2012 is the first year that this scholarship is available to Girl Scouts! 
To be eligible, a girl must be at least 15 years old, and have earned the Gold Award.  Three students are selected to receive awards nationally, and scholarship values range between $1000 and $5000.
Applications are due to your local VFW no later than March 1, 2014. 
For more information, visit

The Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting
The Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting offers two scholarships. The recipient for first place will receive $1,000 and the runner up will receive $500 upon acceptance to a four year accredited college or university. The candidates are evaluated on their involvement in their church, school, community, scholastic achievements, and Scouting.
Click here for more information.


Questions about scholarships? Contact Ashlee Warren, Teen Program Specialist, at with general questions, or the contact person listed on the website of each award for specifics about that award.

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