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Community Scholarships and Awards

Girl Scouts are dedicated to making a difference, to help make the world a better place. This drive to change communities for the better through hands on projects makes Girl Scouts ideal candidates for several community scholarships and awards. These scholarships and awards are open to all students, however many Girl Scouts have earned these awards due to their passion and commitment to change. Many colleges and universities offer additional scholarships to girls who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award, be sure to ask the Financial Aid office at the school you choose to find out if they offer additional funding!

Community Scholarships

Blackburn College Scouting Scholarship (top)

Blackburn College offers an annual $5,000 scholarship to girls who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award. 

Eligibility: New full-time undergraduate students that were recipients of the Eagle Scout Award or the Gold Award in Girl Scouting are eligible for this award. Students must provide documents of their Scout Achievement in order to receive an annual award up to $5,000. (This will not be in combination with the merit scholarships).

Duration: This scholarship is renewable upon maintaining good academic, work program, and social standing.

Learn more about this scholarship here.

Catherine McAuley Scholarship (top)

Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy in 1831 to help provide education to families and children in need. Her legacy continues with the Catherine McAuley Scholarship. It provides free tuition to Iowa students whose family income is $45,000 or less annually. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years.

To be eligible, students need to:

  • Be an Iowa resident and graduate from an Iowa high school.
  • Be admitted as a new freshmen to Mount Mercy University.
  • Reside all four years on Mount Mercy’s campus during the academic year.
  • File the FAFSA prior to July 1 (first year) and May 1 (subsequent years) that shows family income of $45,000 or less and Pell Grant eligibility.
  • Show satisfactory academic progress and participate in Mount Mercy’s College Success Program during their first year on campus.

For more information, click here or see the FAQ’s sheet. Contact Dean of Admissions Terri Snyders Crumley  ( or 319-363-1323 ext 1017) or the admission staff (319-368-6460 and toll-free 800-248-4504) with questions.

Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation (top)

The Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory of Corinne Jeannine Schillings, a Girl Scout Silver Award recipient. Corinne believed strongly in higher education for women and in learning about various cultures through the study of languages. The Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation supports undergraduate college women in the study of languages and learning about other cultures.

The foundation provides scholarships for both academic study and travel study. Learn more about available scholarships and apply here.

Everyday Young Heroes (top)

Everyday Young Heroes are youth leaders who identify a need in their community, address it through service, mobilize their peers and community partners, and engage the media and elected officials. Winners receive a certificate and letter, and are featured on Youth Service America’s (YSA) website and in the weekly National Service Briefing. They are also considered for YSA Grants and additional YSA awards.

Click here for more information.

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes (top)

The Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. The top 10 winners each receive a $5,000 cash award to support their service work or higher education. The primary goal of the Prize is to shine the spotlight on these amazing young people so that their stories will inspire others.


  1. Young people, ages 8 to 18, who have shown leadership and courage in developing and implementing an extraordinary service project that benefits people, creatures, or the planet.
  2. Winners must have demonstrated strong personal initiative as well as positive spirit, courage, intelligence, generosity, and high moral purpose. While outside help may have been obtained, the activity must be largely the winner’s own creation.
  3. Applicants must be nominated by an adult who is familiar with the applicant’s service activity.

For more information, click here.

Maharishi University of Management (top)

The Maharishi University of Management provides Girl Scouts who have earned their Gold Award with a renewable $1,500 scholarship. 

Requirements: Girl Scout Gold Award recipient (and all required documentation), Graduate of high school within the last two years Enrolled at the university and live in campus housing

For more information contact the Maharishi University of Management Office of Financial aid at 641.472.1156 or

Presidential Volunteer Service Award (top)

The PVSA is given by the President of the United States and honors individuals, families and groups who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service over the course of 12 months. Honorees receive: an official President’s Volunteer Service Award lapel pin, personalized certificate of achievement, congratulatory letter from the President of the United States, customized press release, and are eligible to be recognized as a YSA Service Star.

For more information, click here.

Prudential Emerging Visionaries  (top)

The Prudential Emerging Visionaries program is the largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service in the United States. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level.

The program’s goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Over the past 16 years, more than 310,000 young Americans have participated in the program, and nearly 100,000 of them have been officially recognized for their volunteer work. Girl Scouts are often recognized for this award for their outstanding work on Take Action projects.

Girl Scouts ages 14-18 are eligible to apply through November 4th. For more information, visit the Prudential Website.

Scout of the Year Scholarship (top)

Some of our earliest ties to the community involve youth groups and perhaps none are stronger or more lasting than the relationship between the VFW and America's scouting organizations. 

The Scout of the Year program provides members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who display standout citizenship, patriotism and love of country with the opportunity to be rewarded with college scholarships of up to $5,000.

Applications are due by March 1.

Learn more about the requirements and view the application form.

TFS Making Live Easier Scholarship Program (top)

Toyota Financial Services (TFS) proudly announces the 2020 Making Life Easier (MLE) Scholarship Program that will award up to $1 million to college-bound students associated with select non-profit partners like yours because of your dedication to youth development and special partnership with Toyota.

Recipients will be selected from all eligible applicants based on financial need, community involvement, and essay responses. Students associated with your non-profit can apply for scholarships of up to $20,000 that will be distributed over four years.

Applications are due by October 31.

Learn more about the requirements and view the application form.

We the Students Essay Contest (top)

Each year the Bill of Rights Institute offers scholarships to the top essays by students throughout the country. Students ages 14-19 are eligible to apply. The top Girl Scout essay will receive a $2,500 scholarship and $500 for her troop! Find out more about these scholarships and learn how to apply here!

More scholarships and award opportunities! (top)