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Gold Award Girl Scouts

Issues of the world, meet your match. 

Gold Award Girl Scouts are the dreamers and the doers who take “make the world a better place” to the next level.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can she make a difference, but that she already has.

Seniors and Ambassadors who earn the Gold Award tackle issues that are dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. Think of the Gold Award as a key that can open doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college, and amazing career opportunities.

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Congratulations to the Gold Award Class of 2019!

View photos from the 2019 Gold Award Ceremony on the GSSEF Flickr page. Curious about this year's class and their amazing accomplishments? Flip through the 2019 Gold Award Program and learn all about what fuels a Gold Award Girl Scout!

2019 Gold Award Video

You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:

You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent) 


You're registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador


You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps

Identify an issue


Investigate your issue thoroughly


Get help and build your team


Create a plan


Present your plan and gather feedback 


Take action


Educate and inspire

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College Scholarship Resources

By the time you put the final touches on your seven-step project, you'll have solved a community problem—not only in the short term, but for years into the future—and you’ll be eligible for college scholarships.  Remember, earning a Girl Scout Gold Award is an excellent way to give any college or scholarship application that “something extra” to help you stand out from the crowd.

College Scholarships
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College Scholarships for Gold and Silver Award Recipients

Additional information can be found at

Paul C. Emmett Scholarship - Local Scholarship through GSSEF

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is honored to award the “MVP Champion of the Community ” Scholarship in memory of Paul C. Emmett, a dedicated community service leader and advocate. The recipient of the Paul C. Emmett MVP Champion of the Community will receive $1,500 toward her studies at the college or university she is attending. This special Scholarship will continue to be awarded annually to a Gold Award Girl Scout (current year recipients will also be considered), who is a senior in high school who has already been accepted into a college or university or is already enrolled in undergraduate classes, and who has exhibited a true commitment to her community through service. 2020 Application Coming Soon


The 2019 Paul C. Emmett Scholarship recipient Chelsea Mistretta.

Gina Rose Montalto Scholarship - Local Scholarship through GSSEF

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is honored to award the Gina Rose Montalto Scholarship in memory of Gina Rose Montalto, an outstanding Silver Award Girl Scout who was a victim of the mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018. The Gina Rose Montalto Memorial Foundation, Inc. is proud to support the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida by awarding a one-time $1,500 scholarship to help with the cost of post-secondary education. Applicants are required to complete the online application, meet scholarship criteria and abide by all required dates provided. This scholarship is awarded annually to one local Girl Scout who has demonstrated a passion for community service and earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Ready to apply? Click here for additional information and the application.


The 2019 Gina Rose Montalto Recipient Jillian Meloro.

Barbara Ann Turner Scholarship - Local Scholarship through GSSEF

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is honored to award the “Service From the Heart” Scholarship in memory of Barbara Ann Turner, a dedicated volunteer. Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida has been extremely pleased that thanks to the generosity of ongoing donations, the scholarship has been increased to $1,000. In this spirit, the “Service From the Heart” Scholarship will continue to be awarded annually to a high school age Girl Scout, who is currently registered in this Council who has given exceptional service in her community. Click here for additional information and the 2020 application.

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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.

See additional information here.

Society of Women Engineers

The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women studying baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science.  See additional information here.

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; a local VFW Post can be identified by zip code at 

Hiram College Scholarships

Hiram College, in conjunction with Girl Scouts of the USA, is excited to announce new scholarships that recognize personal motivation, service to others, and high achievement. As part of the agreement, exemplary Girl Scouts who have earned a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Award; been referred to Hiram by their troop leader as a strong match for Hiram College; and have been admitted to the College will be awarded a substantial Hiram College Scholarship. See additional information here.


100 Years of Extraordinary Projects from Extraordinary Girls

As a Gold Award recipient, you're part of an elite group of women.

Starting in 1916, the best and brightest undertook projects that improved their communities—and the world. The Golden Eaglet insignia, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916 to 1939, marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing the extraordinary efforts of extraordinary girls. From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouting. From 1963 to 1980, the highest award was called First Class. And since 1980, the Gold Award has inspired girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities.

See all the benefits to becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout.   

Prior Highest Awards Join Gold Award Family

Are you a Girl Scout Alumn that earned your Highest Award before it was was the Gold Award? Starting in January 2019, you are now welcomed as a part of the Gold Award family and can apply for your digital badge and Gold Award Pin.

Read more about this proclamation and how to apply here.

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GSSEF requires that all girls attend a Council-sponsored Gold Award Workshop before submitting a proposal. Click here to visit our Acitvities Calendar to find an upcoming Gold Award Workshop.

Have you already attended one of our Gold Award Workshops? Click the banner above to get started on your Gold Award Proposal!

Gold Award Guidelines 2019

Gold Award How To Timeline (updated January 2018)

For more information about National High Awards, such as The Gold Award, Silver Award and Bronze Award,  email us at



Congratulations to the Gold Award Class of 2018. This is the highest award a Girl Scout may earn in grades 9 - 12. Someone once described the Gold Award as being “what you really want to be remembered for” in Girl Scouting.