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There are many reasons to stay in Girl Scouting, and not least of them is the prestige that comes along with earning badges, seeing the world through travel and achieving the Highest Awards.

There are a number of special scholarship opportunities that reflect the universally understood value in Girl Scouting.


Application for the 2020 Gold Award Scholarship is open!

The GSGCNWI Gold Award Scholarship is made possible by generous endowments to our council. High school seniors who received their Gold Award in our council are eligible to apply.

Apply for the 2020 Gold Award Scholarship here!

During 2019 Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana had the privilege and pleasure of signing scholarship letters for 5 girls to continue their education--totaling $10,000!


The following components will be considered when reviewing this application:

  • Your Gold Award final report content
  • Your explanation of how this scholarship will help in your future studies and plans following graduation
  • Your potential as an advocate for Girl Scouting and the Highest Awards
  • The GSGCNWI Gold Award Scholarship is non-renewable.
  • Amounts awarded may vary on a case-to-case basis, with a minimum award of $500 per recipient and a maximum award of $2,000 per recipient.
  • Amount awarded will be given directly from GSGCNWI to the school when matriculation is confirmed.
  • Please see restriction section for policy on enrollment, deferment and withdrawal.

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Additional Scholarship Opportunities

For Highest Awards Recipients 

MacMurray College Gold Award Scholarship

Who's eligible? Gold Award recipients applying to MacMurray College.

What is it? The new Tartan Leadership Scholarship automatically rewards Gold Award recipients accepted to MacMurray College with $10,000 for study. Additionally, Gold Award recipients who qualify for other MacMurray academic achievement scholarships will have their scholarship advanced one level.

How do I apply? Gold Award recipients applying to MacMurray will automatically be awarded a Tartan Leadership Scholarship.

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Arconic Chuck McLane Scholarship

Who's eligible? Gold Award recipients who completed a project focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) fields and plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university as a freshman beginning in fall of 2017 to pursue and complete studies in a STEM-related field.

What is it? This $10,000 scholarship is awarded to two Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose projects focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

How do I apply? GSGCNWI will identify and contact two specific applicants in early 2017 before submitting applications on their behalf to the Arconic Chuck McLane Scholarship Committee. If you would like to be considered, please contact your Gold Award Committee mentor and ask them to submit your name to the council.

Minerva College

Who's eligible? Gold Award recipients or Girl Scouts who have participated in Destinations or troop travel experiences.

What is it? A four-year scholarship offered via partnership betweeen Minerva College and GSUSA. The scholarship covers half of the yearly tuition to Minerva College ($5,000).

How do I apply? Eligible Girl Scouts who apply to Minerva will automatically be considered for the scholarship.

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Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation

Who's eligible? Any Girl Scout who has earned at least her Silver Award and who plans to pursue an undergraduate college degree in the study of languages, or who is studying in a foreign country as enrichment for their undergraduate college program.

What is it? The foreign language scholarship provides $1,500 per year and may be renewed three times following the initial award, for a total maximum of $6,000.

How do I apply? The annual scholarship deadline is always in May. See website for more detailed information.

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VFW Scout of the Year Award

 -Who's eligible? Registered, active members of Girl Scouts who have received their Gold Award. Applicants must be 15 years of age and have demonstrated practical citizenship in school, scouting and the community. Note: Individuals must be enrolled in high school at the time of selection. All applicants still in high school who reach their 18th birthday during the nomination year remain eligible if otherwise qualified.

- What is it? The VFW Scout of the Year program honors members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who display standout citizenship, patriotism and love of country with an opportunity to be rewarded with college scholarships of up to $5,000.

- How do I apply? Visit the VFW website for more information and to apply. Local VFW posts submit all candidates with full entry criteria to their respective VFW department (state) by April 1. From there, the department selects a winner and forwards the entry to the VFW national headquarters by May 1 for further judging.

Paul Smith's College Gold Award Scholarship

Who's eligible? Any incoming Paul Smith's College student who has earned their Gold Award.

What is it? The $1,000 scholarship is renewable and offered in addition to other scholarships or grants offered by Paul Smith's College

How do I apply? Applicants must submit a coyp of their award certificate or a letter from the Girl Scout council.

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Carpe Diem Foundation of Illinois

Who's eligible?  Gold Award recipients and Eagle Scouts. Must be a graduating senior in high school or currently attending college/institution of higher learning.

What is it? An ongoing scholarship in the amount of $1500 per year for up to four years.

How do I apply? For current application information, please contact Gordon Levine.

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For All Girl Scouts 

KPMG Future Leaders Scholarship

Who's eligible? Female high school seniors.

What is it? The KPMG Future Leaders Program selects top female high school seniors from around the country to participate and receive a KPMG Future Leaders Scholarship of $10,000 per year through four years of college. Selected students attend a three-day retreat at Stanford University the summer before their freshman year of college. Students also participate in a year-long mentoring program, paired with a female leader participating in KPMG's Women's Leadership Summit.

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Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Who's eligible? Any Girl Scout Cadette, Senior or Ambassador; however particularly well-qualified candidates will likely be Silver and Gold Award recipients.

What is it? This program sponsored by Prudential Financial, in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, recognizes young people for their volunteer service. All state-level honorees will receive special recognition; top high school and middle school volunteers receive silver medallions, $1,000 awards, and an all-expense paid trip to the nation's capital for several days of national recognition events. The top 10 youth volunteers will be announced at a ceremony, and each will receive an additional $5,000, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy and a $5,000 grant from the Prudential Foundation for a charitable non-profit of their choice. 

How do I apply?

  • Apply online at
  • Email us when you apply:
  • GCNWI will select one local honoree for every 1,000 Girl Scouts in grades 5-8 and one local honoree for every 1,000 girls in grades 9-12. We will then certify those applications online to make applicants eligible for state-level judging.
Northwestern University's Civic Education Project

Who's eligible? Students in grades 7-12.

What is it? An award-winning leadership and civic engagement program combining service-learning with academic study and reflection.

How do I apply? Individuals must be nominated online.

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E.S.T.E.A.M. Initiative's Barbara Hinton Bragg Memorial Scholarship

Who's eligible? Students with a minimum 3.0 GPA who attend an E.S.T.E.A.M. partner school or organization or attend a Howard County public school; current community college students who are planning to transfer to a four-year institution; students who are applying or have been accepted into a four-year institution; students with a demonstrated interest in STEAM and the fine/performing arts.

What is it? A $500 scholarship for students who demonstrate outstanding leadership, community service experience, STEAM and fine/performing arts experience.

How do I apply? Complete the application and essay and submit via email.

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Minerva College

Who's eligible? Gold Award recipients or Girl Scouts who have participated in Destinations or troop travel experiences.

What is it? A four-year scholarship offered via partnership betweeen Minerva College and GSUSA. The scholarship covers half of the yearly tuition to Minerva College ($5,000).

How do I apply? Eligible Girl Scouts who apply to Minerva will automatically be considered for the scholarship.

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Walgreens Expression Challenge

 -Who's eligible: High school teens 14-18.

- What is it? Express yourself! Submit your artistic expression for a chance to win up to $2,000. High school teens are challenged to submit their perspectives on various topics through their creativity. 

- How do I apply? For more information and to enter, visit Expressions Challenge

The Cooke Young Scholars Program

Who's eligible? High-performing 7th grade students (earning mostly As and Bs) from households with low to moderate income levels.

What is it? A selective five-year, pre-college scholarhship program that provides academic support and financial support. Specifically, this program provides:

  • An on-staff academic and college advisor
  • Funding for summer enrichment programs, supplemental academic classes, tuition for high school and assistance identifying challenging and suitable academic course loads
  • Study abroad and community service opportunities
  • Lessons to develop music, art and other talents
  • Computer and software
  • Special consideration for the Cooke Foundation's College Scholarship

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The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC)

Who's eligible? Young women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology. To date, nearly 8,600 women have been honored with the Award for AiC.

What is it? A multi-tiered award that includes a winner, honorable mention, and certificate of distinction designations at national and regional levels. Winners receive recognition at a Regional Affiliate event, engraved award, scholarship and internship opportunities, and more.

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