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Meet the 2022 Gold Award Girl Scouts

Gold Award Girl Scouts

Issues of the world, meet your match. 

Gold Award Girl Scouts are the dreamers and the doers who take “make the world a better place” to the next level.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can she make a difference, but that she already has.

Seniors and Ambassadors who earn the Gold Award tackle issues that are dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. Think of the Gold Award as a key that can open doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college, and amazing career opportunities.

You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award when:

 You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade)

 You're registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador

 You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey.

How to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award:

  1. Let your council know you want to earn it.
  2. Find an issue in your community or the world that you care about.
  3. Learn everything you can about that issue through research and trusted sources.
  4. Form a team by identifying experts and people in your community who could help you.
  5. Think about the root cause of an issue, then make a plan of how you could tackle it.
  6. Submit your project proposal to your Girl Scout council for approval.
  7. Lead your team and carry out your plan.
  8. Reflect on the change you’ve created in your community and the world, share your story, and inspire others to make a difference, too.
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As of January 1, 2022 the Gold Award process has moved to an online platform. To get started, register for your GoGold Online account. This is the first step in creating your Gold Award Project Proposal. 

Gold Award Roundtables

The first step towards Gold is submitting your award project proposal. Ask questions, get project feedback and more by attending a Gold Award Roundtable meeting hosted by our volunteer committee.

Gold Award Benefits

Gold Award Girl Scouts do well in life! They rate their general success significantly higher than their peers and report greater success in reaching their goals in many areas.

Higher Education and Career

  • Distinguish yourself in the college admissions process.
  • Earn college scholarships.
  • Enter the military one rank higher.

Life Skills

  • Be seen as a role model and distinguished leader.
  • Master time management skills.
  • Make the world a better place.

Community

  • Use your vision for change.
  • Tackle an issue, locally or globally.
  • Establish a lifetime network.
  • Create your community legacy with a sustainable solution to a problem.

Source:  Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, a report from the Girl Scout Research Institute, 2012

GoGold Online

Building your proposal and writing your final report has never been easier. GoGold will guide you along each of the seven project steps and auto-save your progress. GoGold can also be accessed on smartphones and tablets.

Please keep in mind that in addition to the project proposal and final report, GSNETX has a required supplemental form, which can be downloaded in Step 4, completed and uploaded within Step 5 of GoGold.

Project proposal paperwork is due on the 15th of each month and then reviewed at the Gold Award committee meeting on the first Thursday of the following month. 

DO NOT wait to begin your proposal until the 15th of the month.  There are verified electronic signatures required prior to submitting the proposal and you will need to give your troop leader enough time to verify your pre-requisites and your project advisor their commitment to working with you as an organizational representative or a subject matter expert.

No exceptions will be made if you miss the 15th of the month deadline. 

Once your project has been reviewed, you will be assigned a Gold Award liaison who will contact you with the committee’s feedback, using the Gold Award rubric. Your Gold Award liaison will work with you until your project meets the standard requirements and then give you the ok to start your project. 

Your Gold Award liaison will work with you throughout your project, serving as a sounding board, making suggestions, and ensuring that you have enough leadership hours and have addressed the root cause of your issue. 

Your Gold Award liaison will also review your final paperwork and inform you when you can have your project advisor sign off on your project electronically and finish steps 6 and 7 of the GoldGo online paperwork.  

Deadlines

15th of any month is the deadline to submit Gold Award proposals through the GoGold online portal.

September 30 of the girl’s senior year is the final deadline to submit completed Gold Award projects

April 1 of the girl’s senior year of high school is the deadline to submit completed Gold Award projects if applying for the Betty Richardson Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship.

April 1 is the deadline to submit completed Gold Award projects to be included in the GSNETX Gold Award ceremony that year. 

May 15 of the applicant’s senior year of high school is the latest date a graduating senior may submit a Girl Scout Gold Award project proposal.

Resources

Gold Award Roundtables: Come to a Gold Award Virtual Roundtable to learn about the Girl Scout Gold Award guidelines! We'll start with an overview of the Gold Award process, GoGold online, the Gold Award rubric, Girl Guide, and provide helpful hints for completing your GoGold online application. We will also answer questions and provide feedback about any potential project ideas that you may have. Leaders, caregivers/parents, and girls are welcome!

Other Resources


GoGold guide (PDF)

GoGold Rubric (doc)

Gold Award Guide for Parents and Caregivers (PDF)

Gold Award Guide for Leaders (PDF)

Gold Award Guide for Project Advisors (PDF)

PR Guidelines and Press Release Template

Donations Solicitation letter sample

Youth Service America works in collaboration with many agencies such as Hersey and Disney, as well as their own Everyday Young Hero Awards funding.  If you are looking for funding, be sure to check out their home page and their specific grants frequently. 

Everyday Young Hero Awards - Deadline: Rolling


Everyday Young Heroes are young people, ages 5-25, who are improving their communities through service. Each week, YSA selects one young person who receives a letter & certificate of recognition and is highlighted in YSA's newsletter and social media. Click here.

 

Forms
Scholarships

GSUSA new scholarship, each council nominates one girl to receive

  • Replaces the 10 National Gold Award Girl Scouts
  • Allows GSUSA to recognize more girls for their Gold Award efforts
  • Girls must use the GoGold application in order to be considered
  • Amount will be $2000

Mary Anne Cree Young Women of Distinction

  • To apply, girls must complete their Gold Award by   March 31st of current year
  • Girls must still be in high school to be selected
  • Speaking engagement requirements
  • $2500 scholarship and lifetime membership on graduation

Texas-Based Scholarships

County Master Gardners Association

CCMGA offers one $2,000 scholarship to a student interested in the study of horticulture related fields, and is available to graduating high school seniors who are verifiable Collin County residents.

East Texas Communities Foundation
The Juliette Low’s Amazing Girls Scholarship is open to a graduating senior from a public, private, or home school in Smith County, Texas, with a minimum GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0) scale. Preference will be given to recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award.

KPMG Future Leaders Program Scholarship
Annually, top female high school seniors from around the country are selected to participate in the KPMG Future Leaders Program and receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year through four years of college. Selected students attend a three-day retreat at Stanford University the summer before their freshman year of college and take part in a yearlong mentoring program, paired with a female leader participating in the KPMG Women's Leadership Summit.

The Mendyka Family Scholarship
This $1,500 annual scholarship is open to any graduating high school senior, or student currently in college or a post-high-school institution, considering careers in K-12 education or as a first responder (e.g. police, fire, EMT). This scholarship is made in memory of the teachers, school administrators/staff and children who were killed or wounded during the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012, and to those first responders who risked their lives to attend to the wounded.

Ruth Maddox Young Women in STEM
Honors young women ages 16-19 who have an  interest in STEM disciplines and combining those interests with community volunteerism, leadership achievements, and advocating for the advancement of women by using STEM skills. This scholarship recognizes long-time Zonta Club of Dallas member Ruth Maddox, the third woman to receive an electrical engineering degree from SMU in 1948. The deadline for this award is around April 15 of each year with an award of $1,500.

Society of Women Engineers
The Dallas Section of the Society of Women Engineers offers scholarships to graduating seniors from area high schools who will be majoring in Engineering.

Women with Promise

Offering award between $250 and $5000 to cover tuition, books and fees for full-time or part-time students at accredited financial institutions. Must reside in Dallas or Collin County and demonstrate a need for financial assistance.


Gold-Award-Specific Scholarships

Betty Richardson Scholarship, GSNETX
Community Foundation of West Texas (available to any girl who earned her Gold Award in Texas or Oklahoma)
Elks National Foundation Scholarship
Girl Scouts of the USA: Gold Award Scholarships
Texas State Gold Award Scholarship
Texas Elks State Association


Additional Scholarship Opportunities  

The Taco Bell Foundation
The Taco Bell Foundation is awarding scholarships to innovators, creators, and dreamers ages 16-24 who have the passion to pursue their unique dreams and change the world. A two-minute vidcollegeo is the only requirement to apply.

Sixt Rent-a-Car
Through this nation-wide program, Sixt will be awarding five students $5,000 toward their study at any two our four-year course at an accredited university.

The HERlead Fellowship

Camping Carnival Scholarship

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

College Success Scholarship by Study.com

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program

Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship

The Green Home Improvement Scholarship

The National Center for Women and Information Technology: Award for Aspirations in Computing

National Hispanic Health Foundation Scholarship Program

Nursing Scholarships

P.E.O. STAR Scholarship

The Rover College Scholarship Scholarships for Women and Girls ScholarShot

Shutterfly Scholars Computer Science Scholarship

SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program

State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship Program

STEM Scholarship Search

Sweet Briar College Scholarships

Toyota Financial Services: Making Life Easier Scholarship

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

Veterans of Foreign Wars: Scout of the Year, local connection for Frisco VFW Post 8273
 

Mayor Summer Internship Programs   

City of Dallas Mayor's Intern Program

Plano Mayor's Summer Internship Program

Rabbi Gerald J. Klein High School Internship
(Jewish Family Services High School Summer Internship)

Richardson Mayor's Summer Internship Program

 

Old Final Gold Award Report Forms

These final report forms should be used only by girls who submitted their Gold Award proposal paperwork prior to January 1, 2022.

Gold Award Final Report 
Use this form to share the details of your project and information about what you learned with Girl Scout Gold Award Committee

Gold Award Final Project Timeline
Using this table, document your step-by-step plan for how you reached your project goals. 

Gold Award Final Project Budget

 

 

Questions? Email goldaward@gsnetx.org.

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