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Girl Scouts show their dedication to education and learning through experiences gaining leadership skills, leading younger girls in activities, and by helping their communities to become better places. Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois offers several scholarship opportunities both locally and nationally for Girl Scouts to help further their education. In addition to these Girl Scout specific scholarships, Girl Scouts make excellent candidates for community based scholarships and awards.

Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship Award- National Award (top)

Gold Award recipients who completed a Take Action project involving a STEM field (Science, Technically, Engineering and Math) are invited to apply for a $10,000 college scholarship. Two scholarship recipients will be selected each year through 2017.  Alcoa will also provide scholarship recipients with an Alcoa mentor for their freshman year.


  1. Completed a 2015 STEM Gold Award Project (project touches on Science, Technology, Engineering or Math)
  2. Enrolled in an accredited four year college, beginning their freshman year in the fall of 2016 and continuing studies in STEM.

The two scholarship recipients will receive the first $5,000 for freshman fall semester followed by the second $5,000 for her fall junior year if she maintains a 3.0 GPA and plans to continue her education in a STEM related field.

Applications will be accepted beginning in January 2016. Email for more information. 

Doneta Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship- Local Award (top)

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois offers a memorial scholarship in honor of Doneta Schaeffer. Doneta was a Girl Scout volunteer and council staff member who believed that there was always something new to learn, different things to see and more fun to experience.

The annual Doneta Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship was established to remember and renew this legacy at least once a year. Designed to help the recipient further her education, the $1,000 scholarship is given to a Girl Scout who exemplifies the ideals that Doneta held dear.

Recipients must:

  • Be a registered Girl Scout in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois council.
  • Have at least five years of experience in Girl Scouting, with two of those years as a Girl Scout in grades 10-12.
  • Have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award for Girl Scouts.
  • Have demonstrated commitment to living by the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
  • Be a high school senior, with graduation occurring in the present school year.
  • Have at least a 2.5 grade point average.
  • Have submitted an application to a college or technical school.
  • Be able to document recent leadership roles, involvement in community service, and a diversity of activities in her personal life.

The postmark deadline for all paperwork is March 1. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Applicants will be interviewed by a committee of Girl Scout volunteers by April 30.

Applications will be mailed to all eligible Girl Scouts in January. If you have any questions or would like more information about this scholarship, please contact us at or 800-798-0833.

Doneta Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship Application
 - Scholarship Reference for Community Involvement
 - Scholarship Reference for Girl Scout Involvement

Girls of Courage, Confidence and Character Scholarships– Local Award (top)

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois provides monetary scholarships each year to girls of Courage, Confidence and Character. Anyone can nominate a Girl Scout for these scholarships. There are no requirements for age or grade. If you know a Girl Scout who has gone above and beyond this past year in her role as a Girl Scout, consider nominating her for one of these scholarships.

Girl of Courage – courage is defined as the “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.”  In the world of Girl Scouting, girls take active roles in their communities as they continue to make the world a better place.

Girl of Confidence – confidence is defined as “confidence in oneself and in one’s powers and abilities.”  In the world of Girl Scouting, girls show their confidence when they make the most of their strengths and feel empowered to make a difference in their lives and beyond as they continue to make the world a better place.

Girl of Character – character is defined as “moral excellence and firmness.” In the world for Girl Scouting, girls show their character when they act with integrity and compassion, making decisions that promote the well-being of themselves and others as they continue to make the world a better place.

National Young Women of Distinction– National Award (top)

Ten Girl Scouts are selected for this national award each year. Girls who are recognized receive many benefits including a college scholarship, an invitation to a Girl Scout national meeting to be honored, the opportunity to join the National Girl Consultants, and the opportunity to join the National Young Women of Distinction Alumnae Association.

Learn more about this award and read about current recipients here. 

Apply online using the Go Gold Web Application. The call for applications occurs each year from April 15- May 15.