Benefits of Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting. A national award, with national standards, it represents
girls' time, leadership, creativity, and effort contributed to making their community better.
A young woman who has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership
and citizenship skills that set her apart.
An increasing number of colleges and universities are recognizing these achievements and leadership abilities of Girl Scout
Gold Award recipients by establishing scholarship programs for them. Although Girl Scouts of the USA does not award scholarships
to Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, GSUSA does publish the Scholarships for Girl Scouts Directory, which lists these schools.
Copies of the directory are available at Girl Scout councils.
The Elks Foundation presents scholarships to ten Girl Scout Gold Awardees who qualify for financial assistance annually. Information
is available to councils and girls about special scholarships and other opportunities online on studio2b.org.
Girls who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award often enter the four branches of the United States Armed Services at an advanced
level and salary, having been recognized for their level of leadership shown in earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.
The achievements of Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are acknowledged by many government and non-profit organizations. A list
of these organizations is available at Girl Scout councils.
Many state and local organizations also acknowledge the recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award.
The Girl Scout Gold Award projects themselves solve community issues and improve lives.
The Girl Scout Gold Award process creates assets for the community and the future.
Government and Outside Organizations That Recognize Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients
* The White House
* State and Local Governemnts
* Department of the Interior
o Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service
o National Park Service, Office of Youth Program
* U.S. Department of Defense and Armed Services
o U.S. Department of Defense
o U.S. Air Force
o U.S. Army
o U.S. Marine Corps
o U.S. Navy
* Military Order of the World Wards
Possible Additional Groups/Individuals:
We recommend that a girl's Gold Award Advisor assist with the selection and follow up with these groups.
* ASPIRA, Inc.
* Campus Girl Scouts
* Chamber of Commerce
* Elks Club
* General Federation of Women's Clubs International
* Girls' religious affiliation
* Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
* Kiwanis International
* Lions Club International
* LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens)
* MANA-A National Latina Organization
* National Coalition of 100 Black Women
* National Council of La Raza
* Rotary International
* School principals
* Soroptimist International
* Special interest groups related to a girl's project, e.g. American Red Cross Chapter, Society of Women's Engineers
* Tribal councils
* Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
* Zonta International