Many scholarship opportunities available to Girl Scouts are based on community service projects, like earning the Gold Award. Others are offered across the nation and through local organizations/businesses.
Girl Scouts of the USA has compiled a list of universities/colleges, foundations, and Girl Scout councils that offer scholarships, awards, and grants to Girl Scouts. This list can be accessed at www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/facts/scholarships
GS-TOP Council Scholarship
Our council offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors ranging from $500 to $1,500 awards. These one-time scholarships are offered only to girls entering their freshman year of higher education. A letter with application and instructions is mailed to all graduating high school seniors in the spring of each year to notify girls of the scholarship opportunity.
Scholarships for Gold Award Recipients
State of Texas Gold Award Scholarship: The State of Texas offers a scholarship to girls who have earned the Gold Award and are graduating high school. Applications are available in late spring and are mailed to each graduating Girl Scout Ambassador who has earned the Gold Award and filed a final report with their Council office. State Gold Scholarships are presented at the annual State Gold Award ceremony held in Austin in early June. For more information on the State of Texas Gold Award Scholarship, contact 800-582-7272.
Alcoa Chuck McLane Gold Award Scholarship: Awarded nationally to two Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who complete a Gold Award project related to Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM).This application qualifies Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients, who are starting college in the fall, to be considered for the STEM $10,000 college scholarship provided by Alcoa Foundation. https://www.gs-top.org/sites/default/files/downloadable_forms/2014_Alcoa_Chuck_McLane_Scholarship_Application-Web.pdf
Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes: This program recognizes kids – ages eight to 18 – who provide extraordinary service to their communities or the world. Do you know someone who’s always working to make a difference? Nominate them for the Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes program! www.buildabear.com/huggableheroes
Chesapeake Scholars Program: For students from rural areas where Chesapeake operates. Scholarships are also awarded to students pursuing higher education in communities where we operate. Chesapeake Energy (for Fort Worth ISD and Johnson County students) www.askchesapeake.com/Barnett-Shale/Community/Pages/Scholarships.aspx
Do Something Seed Grants: Are you working to start a community action project or program with your friends? A $500 Do Something Seed Grant is given out every week to help young people just like YOU! These grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start your program and realize your ideas for the first time. http://bit.ly/PQYfTr
Elks National Foundation: Elks National Foundation offers a scholarship opportunity through their Most Valuable Student scholarship (this award replaces the Elks Foundation Gold Award scholarship). www.elks.org/enf/scholars
Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Annual Scholarship: Awarded based on participation and leadership in community and school activities, academic achievement, and financial need. www.fwhcc.org or contact 817-625-5411.
YSA Grants: Through YSA Grants, you can harness the creativity, energy and unique perspective of young people to grow stronger communities, foster student achievement, and build workplace readiness skills. www.YSA.org/grants
Our council strives to make Girl Scouting available to all girls. Girls and their families may apply for a Financial Assistance Request (found on our Forms page) to help pay for their participation in Girl Scouts.