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Scholarship Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in scholarship opportunities for Girl Scouts! Aside from the scholarships found on this webpage, GSUSA has a compiled a list of universities/colleges, foundations, and Girl Scout councils that offer scholarships, awards, and grants to Girl Scouts. Good luck!

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William and Ida Kiefer Memorial Scholarship

 

Attention Girl Scouts Residing in Essex and Hudson Counties!

When you become a Girl Scout, you become part of a lifelong network of support--a group of women and committed volunteers who look for meaningful ways to foster personal growth and development. Applications are now being accepted for the William & Ida Kiefer Memorial Scholarship through May 10, 2021. This scholarship was set up as a legacy gift for "deserving students in financial need in Essex and Hudson counties wishing to further their post-high school education." This scholarship opportunity can be used for ANY post-high school education. Applicants must be current, registered Girl Scout members, graduating from high school in spring of 2021, and residing in Essex or Hudson county. This year, the application process will take place through a portal form. A preview of the requirement and questions can be found here. Please note: There are requirements for girls’ references to submit their documents separately. Questions? Please reach out to the Fund Development Team at FundDevelopment@gshnj.org.

Scholarship from Paul Smith's College
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Scholarship from Paul Smith's College

 

Attention Girl Scouts who have earned their Gold Award!

Students who are accepted to Paul Smith's College will receive a $1,000 Scholarship for their accomplishments in Girl Scouts. This scholarship will renew each year the student is enrolled at Paul Smith's and will be offered in addition to other scholarships or grants offered by Paul Smith's College.

Click here for more information on the application process.

The Congressional Award Program
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The Congressional Award Program

 

The Congressional Award program, sponsored by the United States Congress, honors youth for setting and accomplishing goals in the areas of voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. This award is given to youth ages 14 to 23 who complete a given number of hours across each area. To date, over 7.4 million hours of service have been contributed to communities across the country as a part of the Congressional Award program and there are currently over 45,000 youth enrolled. Hours accumulated through Girl Scout Gold Award projects or other Girl Scout activities can be counted toward a candidate’s goal as long as activities are in compliance with the award program guidelines. (Please note that hours accumulated by Girl Scouts prior to registering for the Congressional Award do not count.)  Youth can earn up to six different honors: Bronze, Silver, and Gold certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals.

To access the Congressional Award program guidelines and instructions for logging hours, visit the Congressional Award website.

President's Volunteer Service Award
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President's Volunteer Service Award

 

The President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes unpaid acts of volunteer service benefitting others performed by individuals ages 5 and up. Click here to learn more.  Although GSHNJ is no longer a certifying organization for this award, you may find that other community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, businesses, and schools can certify for this award.