Contests and Scholarships

Statewide Gold Award 2013-14 Scholarship

Scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $1,000 (1 to 2 scholarships) and $500 (3 to 4 scholarships). The scholarship recipient will be eligible to receive her scholarship after graduation from high school and must utilize the award within one year of graduation, unless other arrangements are made with the committee. The scholarship check will be mailed directly to the university or higher educational institution to be applied toward tuition. Unused funds will revert back to the Statewide Gold Award Scholarship Endowment Fund.
Requirements to Apply
  • Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award in the state of Texas and received approval for Gold Award final project by Friday, May 2, 2014.
  • Graduating Girl Scout Ambassador in year 2014.
  • Currently registered as a Girl Scout in a Texas Girl Scout Council.
  • Need for financial assistance.
  • Planning to attend a university or higher education institute during a calendar year from June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2018.
To download the application, click here.

Please Note: Each application requires a council signature. Please allow 5 business days to receive council verification of your membership and receipt of your GS Gold Award.

The application and other materials need to be received at the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto council by Friday, May 2, 2014 in order to be considered for this scholarship.


The Betty Richardson Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship

GSNETX offers Girl Scouts who are graduating seniors and who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award the chance to apply for scholarship funds for study at an accredited institute of higher education. The Betty Richardson Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship encourages girls to remain in Girl Scouting, is a source of interest to potential donors, and helps girls reach their full potential as women by encouraging further education. The scholarship was established to honor a former president of Tejas Council, one of GSNETX's legacy councils. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is April 1 of the girl's senior year of high school.

Click here to download the Betty Richardson Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship Application.


The Don't Mess With Texas Scholarship

The 2014 Don't mess with Texas Scholarship is now available!

Texas high school seniors can now apply for the 11th annual Don't mess with Texas® Scholarship, which recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken leadership roles to prevent litter in their schools and/or communities and build awareness of the Don't mess with Texas initiative.

The 2014 scholarship is sponsored by Forestar and presented by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful.

Any Texas high school senior currently attending public, private, or home school and planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at an accredited Texas college or university next year may apply. Applications will be accepted through April 4, 2014 and will be judged based on student essays detailing creative solutions to litter problems.

TxDOT, Keep Texas Beautiful and Forestar will award one $3,000 scholarship and two $1,000 scholarships in May.

According to TxDOT's most recent Visible Litter Survey, more than half a billion pieces of visible litter accumulate on Texas roadways each year. Research shows that Texans ages 16 to 34 are the most likely to litter, so this scholarship is designed to help raise awareness and motivate young Texans to adopt positive behaviors.

For information about the scholarship and application process, visit

Applications accepted from February 7 throught April 4, 2014.

Questions? Email or call 1-800-CLEAN-TX.


Most Valuable Student Competition

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2014 competition.
  • Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
  • College students are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
  • Male and female students compete separately.
Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. The Most Valuable Student scholarship deadline is December 6, 2013. Applications must be submitted to the Elks Lodge closest to the student's permanent U.S. address.
Fill out the Most Valuable Student Application online - due December 6, 2013.

VFW Scholarship

The Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts an annual competition to identify the Scout of the Year, and 2012 was the first year that this scholarship is available to Girl Scouts! To be eligible, a girl must be at least 15 years old, and have earned the Gold Award. Three students are selected to receive awards nationally, and scholarship values range between $1000 and $5000.
Applications are due to your local VFW no later than March 1st of each year.

Eastern Orthodox Scholarship

The Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting offers two scholarships. The recipient for first place will receive $1,000 and the runner up will receive $500 upon acceptance to a four year accredited college or university. The candidates are evaluated on their involvement in their church, school, community, scholastic achievements, and Girl And Boy Scouting.
For more information, visit

Other Opportunities through GSUSA

Are you looking for scholarships to help pay for college tuition? Additional scholarship information may be found here.

Huggable Heroes

Build-A-Bear Workshop® launches its tenth annual search for Huggable Heroes® - inspiring young leaders who have a commitment to serve, help others, and make a difference in their community. Kids, ages eight to 18, can be nominated through February 28 by visiting or picking up an entry form at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

Ten Huggable Heroes will each receive $10,000 which includes an educational scholarship, a donation to a charity of their choice, and a mentoring scholarship to support their charitable entrepreneurships.

In celebration of the 10th birthday of its Huggable Heroes program, Build-A-Bear Workshop is joining forces with the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, one of the nation’s top community service recognition programs. Each Huggable Hero will be paired with a mentor through the Jefferson Awards GLOBECHANGERS system for a year in order to develop valuable skills for writing business plans, networking and fundraising. The training and on-going support the Huggable Heroes receive from their mentors will enable these future leaders to grow personally and scale their efforts globally

Anyone, ages eight and up, can nominate a candidate for this award and/or the candidates can even nominate themselves

Entry forms are available at all Build-A-Bear Workshop stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, and online at


President's Environmental Youth Awards (All PGLs)

Deadline each year: December 31

The President's Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA) promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourage positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to recognize young Americans for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology. Each year the PEYA program honors a wide variety of environmental projects developed by young individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school), summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations to promote environmental awareness.

For more information, visit the EPA's PEYA Web site at


Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program

The Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program provides support to nonprofit organizations, public schools, and public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities. Proposals for the following community improvement activities will be considered: repairs, refurbishments, and modifications to low-income and/or transitional housing or community facilities (schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.); weatherizing or increasing energy efficiency of low-income and/or transitional housing or community facilities; planting trees or community gardens and/or landscaping community facilities; and development of community parks or green spaces. More competitive grant proposals will specifically identify projects for veterans, seniors, and/or the disabled and will include housing repairs, modifications, and weatherization work. Grants of up to $5,000 are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.

For more information, go to


State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grants (All PGL)

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is providing $5 million in service-learning grants to youth across the United States and Canada in an effort to create projects that bring about sustainable, positive change in local communities. Youth in public schools, or youth associated with a 501(c)3 organization have the opportunity to apply for grants ranging from $25,000-$100,000 to help their implementation of a school-based service-learning program that ties into an existing K-12 curriculum, and relates to one of the following focus areas: Driver Safety, Environmental Responsibility, Financial Literacy, Access to Higher Education, and Natural or Societal Disaster Preparedness.

For more information, go to


Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes (GS Brownies-Ambassadors)

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes invites nominations for its annual awards. The Barron Prize honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, ten national winners each receive $2,500 to support their service work or higher education.

For more information go to


Making College Affordable Scholarship Directory

Congresswoman Roybal-Allard's office can provide you with helpful information about how to pay for college. Many students use a combination of loans, scholarships, work-study programs, and savings to make college tuition affordable.

Click here for more information.

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