About the Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship

In June 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA partnered with the Alcoa Foundation to present the inaugural Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship available to Gold Award recipients who have completed projects in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

This scholarship honors Chuck McLane, a retired Alcoa Executive and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. McLane, a GSUSA Board member, championed this program in support of young women pursuing a STEM education. Concluding a 40-year career with Alcoa and Reynolds Metal Company, Alcoa and Alcoa foundation share McLane’s commitment to inspire girls, women, and other under-represented groups on the journey to STEM-related careers.

Through 2017, Alcoa Foundation will provide $10,000 scholarships to two girls a year. In addition to financial support, and Alcoa employee will mentor the scholarship recipient during her freshman year of college.

How to Apply

Each year (until 2017), two qualified Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients will be chosen to receive a total of $10,000. 

GSUSA will accept a maximum of two applications per council for Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who meet the following criteria:

1.    Completed a STEM Take Action Project (project touches on Science, Technology, Engineering or Math)

2.    Will be attending an accredited college or university as a freshman beginning Fall 2014. 

Once selected, scholarship funds will be distributed in increments of $5,000 beginning freshman year 2014 and another $5,000 again in her Junior year of college if she maintains a 3.0 GPA and plans to continue her education.

Please submit two copies of the “2014 Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship Application” to the address below by Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Applications will then be reviewed and council will select two applications to send to GSUSA. You will be notified if your application has been selected by Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey
Attn: Alcoa Scholarship
120 Valley Road
Montclair, NJ 07042

Questions? Please contact Julie Wagenblast via jwagenblast@gshnj.org or 973-842-4224