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!
Earning your 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.
Scholarship Opportunity for Girl Scouts residing in Essex and Hudson counties.
Applications are now being accepted for the William & Ida Kiefer Memorial Scholarship through May 15, 2023.
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, who graduate from high school in Spring of 2023, and who reside in either Essex or Hudson county. Once again, this year the application process will take place through an online form below. A preview of requirements and questions is also available through our FAQs button.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Girls can showcase their leadership skills and leave their mark by working on any of these unique opportunities.
Global Action Award
Learn about global issues, connect with the global community, and take action to improve the world. Learn more about how to earn the Global Action Award.
Journey Summit Award
The Journey Summit Award can be earned by any Girl Scout who completes any three National Leadership Journeys at her Girl Scout level. The colored border around each pin corresponds to their Girl Scout level. This award is the highest award a Girl Scout Daisy and Girl Scout Brownie can earn.
Community Service Bar (Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors)
The Community Service Bar is earned by making a difference in the community and practicing the values of the Girl Scout Law. It is also a way for girls to get involved with a cause they care about. To earn the Community Service Bar, girls will select an organization to volunteer with and then provide at least 20 hours of community service to this same organization. Girls must track their own hours.
Counselor in Training (Seniors and Ambassadors)
Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors mentor young girls in a camp setting as they build skills toward becoming a camp counselor. To earn this award, Girl Scouts complete a two-week introductory leadership program where they will discover their leadership style, gain skills necessary for working with young people, and then work directly with younger campers. Assignments at camp will depend on the Girl Scout’s age and level. The CIT programs will vary by camp and may not be offered at all GSHNJ camps in a given season.
Leader in Action (LiA) Award (Cadettes)
Girl Scout Cadettes can earn a Leader in Action (LiA) Award by mentoring Girl Scout Brownies through a National Leadership Journey. While earning the LiA Award, girls share their unique skills, try out new leadership roles, and pass on important lessons from their own Journey(s). Information on earning the Leader in Action Award can be found in the Brownie Leadership Journey adult guides. Once a girl has earned the LiA Award and is ready for even more leadership opportunities, she can continue to work towards earning her Cadette Program Aide Award.
Program Aide (Cadettes)
To earn the Cadette Program Aide Award, Girl Scout Cadettes will complete these steps in order:
Service to Girl Scouting Bar (Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors)
The Service to Girl Scouting Bar is earned by volunteering at least 20 hours to the Girl Scout organization. Girls can volunteer at a special event for younger girls, be an office assistant for the council or local service unit, or help with other special projects. Girls should track their own hours.
Torch Award (Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors)
To earn the Torch Award, girls must first complete a Leadership Journey. Then they must serve at least one term in a leadership position at their school, town council, community center, or a similar organization. The length of service will depend on the term defined by the organization, or the specific position held by the Girl Scout.