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Gold Award


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.     

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Once achieved, it shows colleges, employers, and your community that you’re out there changing the world.

Join a century of women who have done big things. Learn about scholarships for Gold Award Girl Scouts, the history of the Gold Award, and the benefits of going Gold. 

Girl Scout Gold Award pin
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 Scholarship Resources

Girl Scouts of the USA  - List of College Scholarship Resources

College Scholarships for Gold and Silver Award Recipients - Additional information can be found at  

Local Scholarship through GSSEF - Barbara Ann Turner Scholarship

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 $1000. 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. See additional information here.

Local Scholarship through GSSEF - Kathryn Vecellio Scholarship

In 2016, Kathryn C. Vecellio endowed a Scholarship Fund to Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida that would annually recognize the outstanding efforts of a local Girl Scout who has earned the Gold Award and who exemplifies the values of the Girl Scout Mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. See additional information here.

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  



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. 

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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