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About Gold Award Scholarships


Congratulations, you’ve earned the Girl Scout Silver Award or gone for the Gold Award.  And guess what? You might be eligible to apply for a Girl Scout scholarship! We know how hard all our girls work to make the world a better place and we’re so excited to support you in your continued leadership journey!

Gold Award Scholarship


Girl Scouts Nation's Capital Gold Award Scholarships are made possible by the generosity of: Sara and Lawrence Phillips (ten scholarships); a gift from an anonyomous donor in honor of Marilynn Carr (one scholarship); and an endowment from Eva L. Woolridge and Lynne Seibert-Steptoe (three scholarships).


High school seniors who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award are eligible for $1,000 educational scholarships awarded by Girl Scouts Nation's Capital. A Gold Award Scholarship Selection Committee, comprised of local businesswomen, review the written applications and identify finalists to be interviewed in-person at the Council's Washington, D.C. office. Based on the interviews, committee members select scholarship recipients from all areas of the Council. Finalists who are not selected to receive a scholarship each receive a $150 Visa gift card. The application deadline is March 15, 2020 and interview date is April 16, 2020. 

Download Gold Award Scholarship Application ( Word )

Girl Scouts who have earned high awards should also consider the following awards and scholarships:  

 Girl Scouts of the USA National Young Women of Distinction Award

National Gold Award Girl Scouts 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. For more information on past honorees, click  here.

Any girl who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award between April 1, 2019, and March 31, 2020, is eligible to apply. Applications will be open from April 1–24, 2020. We have made our Council deadline April 25thin order to give us enough time to properly review applications before they are due to GSUSA. You MUST be nominated by your council and have a completed Gold Award Project in  Go Gold Online to complete an application. 


 Animal Welfare Institute Scholarship

The Animal Welfare Institute is offering a scholarship to eligible high school seniors in the U.S. Interested candidates should 1) have demonstrated a commitment to animal welfare through volunteer work and/or advocacy and 2) intend to pursue a career that will seek to reduce animal suffering and protect vulnerable species. Applications will be accepted through February 16th and up to 12 students will be selected to receive scholarships of $2,000 each. Recipients will be announce at the end of March 2020. More information, including a link to the application form, can be found at

 Marymount University Gold Award Scholarship  

Marymount University is proud to offer a scholarship to recipients of the Girl Scouts Gold Award. Marymount will award up to 5, $3,000 one-time scholarships to entering first-college or transfer students that have received the prestigious award from the Girl Scout Association. 

Apply online at The deadline for applying is April 1st

Click here for more information


 Trinity Washington University/Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital

Trinity Washington University is proud to join forces with Girl Scouts Nation's Capital in celebrating women's achievements and encouraging new generations of girls and women to pursue their dreams through obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees. Trinity Washington University awards the following merit scholarships and grants to active Girl Scouts and Troop Leaders who meet Trinity's academic requirements and who choose to attend  the university:

  • Girl Scouts Scholarship for Gold Award Scouts: $5,000
  • Girl Scouts Scholarship for Silver Award Scouts: $4,000
  • Girl Scouts Scholarship: $3,000
  • Troop Leader Grant: $1,000

These scholarships are available to Girl Scouts of Girl Scouts Nation's Capital 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 Girl Scout is eligible.

For more information, click here and contact Trinity's Office of Admissions at 202-884-9400. 

 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.

The application deadline is Friday, May 15, 2020. For more information, please click here


 SweetBriar College

Gold Award Girl Scouts who have been accepted to Sweet Briar College can apply:

  • From anywhere in the U.S. one $2,500 award
  • From Virginia and Georgia two awards of $2,500
  • From Girl Scouts Nation's Capital  one $5,000 award

Hollins University Girl Scout Scholarships

With a long tradition of supporting young women as they grow into confident, creative thinkers! In addition to our generous merit scholarships and grants, we also offer additional, renewable scholarships to all admitted Girl Scouts:

$1,500 for Gold Award recipients
$1,000 for Silver Award recipients
$500 for Bronze Award recipients

Click here for more information on scholarships

For information, or to schedule a visit to our beautiful campus, visit or contact our Office of Admission at (800) 456-9595.

 Philanthropic Educational Organization STAR Scholarship   

The Philanthropic Educational Organization is awarding $2,500 to exception high school seniors who are planning to attend a college or university upon graduation. This is a competitive scholarship and focuses on “excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success.” Applications open September 1, 2020 and each applicant must be sponsored by a chapter (40 chapters in Maryland, 76 in Virginia, 27 in West Virginia and 16 in Washington, DC). Application process includes an interview and vote by the chapter.

More information is available at

 eGirl Power Scholarship    

eGirl Power is offering a $500-$1000 scholarship to Girl Scouts who have earned the Girl Scout Silver or Gold Award. Interested candidates must be 14-18 years old at the start of the program, be enrolled in high school at the time of application, active in their community, demonstrate a financial need and plan to pursue a college major in STEM or Cybersecurity field. Further details can be found on the application.   

 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, Maryland. The scholarship is available to a Girl Scout or former Girl Scout who is a United States citizen, has been an active Girl Scout for at least five years, demonstrates financial need, in good academic standing, and currently lives in Montgomery County or was a resident of the county during the time she was a Girl Scout.

For more information, please click here, email, or call (240) 567-4021.

More Scholarships for College-Bound High School Seniors can be found on the Girl Scouts of the USA website.

 Veterans of Foreign Wars Scout of the Year Scholarship

Annually, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States awards three individuals who are: Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, Venture Summit Award recipients and/or Sea Scout Quartermasters who have risen above their peers in exemplifying the qualities of that rank. Girl Scouts who are currently registered and have earned the Gold Award are eligible to apply.

The Scholarship Awards are as follows:

  •  $5,000 1st place National scholarship
  •  $3,000 2nd place National scholarship
  •  $1,000 3rd place National scholarship

Girl Scouts should download and submit a completed VFW Scouting Scholarship form, resume of high school activities, scouting record, community service record and letters of recommendation to a local VFW Post no later than March 1, 2020. A local VFW Post can be identified by zip code at Please note: The scouting record should be written by the Girl Scout herself. If a confirmation that she earned her Gold Award is needed please email

For more information about the scholarship application review process and the application itself please go to:

 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange    

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) is a full scholarship exchange program that annually offers 250 young Americans the opportunity to live with a host family and attend high school in Germany for an academic year. CBYX is a fully-funded scholarship sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is jointly funded by the German Bundestag and the U.S. Congress.

Scholarship Criteria

The CBYX program is for motivated high school students who want to experience a different culture and learn a language through a full immersion experience. Academic merit, as well as motivation, curiosity and flexibility are key components to a competitive application. Previous German language experience is not required. Participants become fluent in German, earn a competitive edge in college applications and can connect with a global network of other State Department program alumni upon completion from the program. This is also an excellent gap year program for those between high school and college!

Students who are U.S. Citizens born between February 1, 2002 and August 1, 2005 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply. CIEE administers the program to students in AZ, CO, FL, GA, KS, KY, MN, NE, NC, NM, OH, OK, SC, TX, UT, VA, WV, WY, DC and Puerto Rico. Please find a “Quick Facts” sheet that provides additional information about the CBYX program. You can also visit the ECA website or for more information. The online application can be found at The application is due December 3, 2019.

 Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority 2019-2020 Scholarship

The Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (NoVAC) is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 higher education scholarships, and will award up to $15,000 to outstanding students.

Scholarship Criteria 
• Reside in the City of Fairfax, City of Alexandria, City of Falls Church, the County of Arlington, and the area of Fairfax County with an Alexandria mailing address.

• Be a graduating high school senior in the 2018-2019 academic school year.

Submit a formal application with intent to attend a college or university accredited by one of the six regional commissions in the United States and participate in curriculum leading to a bachelor’s degree.

• Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or greater on a 4.0 scaled as verified by an official high school transcript.
Complete and pass all necessary standardized tests for graduation.

Deadline:Complete applications are due to NoVAC before 11:59pm on March 8, 2019. 

An application is not complete until NoVAC receives all required documents via US Postal Service or electronic submission.

For an application and more details visit or contact:


Questions about scholarships? Contact Program Department Administrative Assistant, at with general questions, or the contact person listed on the website of each award for specifics about that award.