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GSNEO College Scholarships

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio awards continuing education scholarships annually to graduating senior Girl Scouts who epitomize the Girl Scout Mission and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  The number of scholarships available and scholarship value are determined each year based on current funding.  Only graduating senior Girl Scouts may apply.  Completed applications and required documentation (essay, transcript, letters of recommendation) must be submitted to GSNEO by May 1st of each year for consideration.  A screening committee composed of Girl Scout staff and volunteers will evaluate all applications.  Notification of scholarship awards will be made by June 1st of each year.

>>GSNEO Girl Scout Scholarship Application

Gold Award GS Scholarship: Thomas J. & Marjorie S. Gray Foundation

Award:
GSNEO has received generous funding from the Thomas J. & Marjorie S. Gray Foundation to award one scholarship annually to a Gold Award Girl Scout who meets the qualifications outlined below. Scholarship awards will be granted to individuals who excel academically, demonstrate proven leadership impact, and commit to continued community engagement to make a difference in the community. Those awarded with this competitive scholarship may be eligible to apply annually for scholarship funds to support additional years of undergraduate study. Awardee will be determined each year from the group of new and returning applicants.

Requirements:
Applications due to GSNEO: November 15 annually

Eligibility Requirements:
• Currently registered member of Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
• Gold Award Girl Scout
• Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on 4.0 scale
• Enrolled in accredited college / university
• Full time undergraduate student with commitment to 4-year degree
• Complete and submit 4 essays
• Include official grades with GPA
• Include 2 letters of recommendation
• Application complete and submitted on time

Requirements if Awarded:
• 90+ hours leadership service in community
• Complete monthly service report
• Maintain connection with Girl Scouts

Application:
Preview the form for application requirements and essay questions. Prepare all information and attachments prior to completing form. The form must be completed with all attachments before submitting. The form does not save and must be completed in one sitting.

>>New Applicants
For returning applicants, please apply here.

Gold Award Girl Scout Scholarship: Jess and Lillia - Gifts From Above

GSNEO has received generous funding from Jess & Lillia - Gifts From Above to award one scholarship annually to a GSNEO Gold Award Girl Scout who meets the qualifications outlined below.

Learn more about Jess & Lillia here: 
>>Gifts From Above video

Requirements:
Applications due to GSNEO: April 1st annually

Eligibility Requirements:
• Currently registered member of Girl Scouts of the USA through Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
• Gold Award Girl Scout
• Member of Girl Scouts for three (3) years including Junior and Senior years of High School
• Minimum Grade Point Average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning (2 or 4 year college/university or trade school) There are no restrictions regarding field of study.
• Complete application form and submit by due date
• Include two (2) letters of recommendation: one (1) from a non-related Girl Scout adult, one (1) from another non-related adult
• Attach official high school transcript
• Attach acceptance letter(s) from institution of higher learning (if applicable)
• Submit 400-500 word essay describing how your Gold Award project helped address a root cause in your local/national/global community

Scholarship award will be granted to one individual whose Gold Award project has tackled issues that are dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. Girl Scout staff and volunteers will evaluate all applications. Scholarship applications are due May 1st. Notification of scholarship awards will be made by June 1st of each year.

>>Gifts From Above application

Baldwin Wallace Girl Scout Award

Baldwin Wallace University is partnering with a select number of organizations in Northeast Ohio that are preparing young people to live productive, fulfilling, and service-oriented lives. The awards are designed to encourage future college students to participate in community-based organizations and be in a stronger position to gain access to a high-quality college education.

Students may receive either a community-based award or a merit scholarship (which includes any award provided in place of a merit scholarship). Students will receive whichever award is of greatest value. Students may not receive more than one community-based award or merit scholarship — only one community-based award or merit scholarship (or equivalent) will be provided. Like merit scholarships and their equivalent, community-based awards are renewable for four years should students maintain good academic standing.

Baldwin Wallace is also excited to share: 

  • The launch of a four-year undergraduate nursing program to begin in Fall 2021
  • The opening of the Knowlton Center -- a $25 million STEM facility 
  • ACT/SAT no longer impacts eligibility for a merit scholarship

Students simply list their involvement with the community-based organization on their application to BW and provide a letter of reference from the community organization to be considered for the related community-based award.

Applications:

>>Community-based Award
>>Merit Scholarship

Hiram Scholarship

Hiram College has announced new scholarships that recognize personal motivation, service to others, and high achievement.

To learn more about Hiram's Girl Scout scholarship, check out their article!

Lake Erie College Scholarship

Lake Erie College will offer applicants admitted for admission to Lake Erie College the Gold Award Tuition Promise of a merit scholarship of at least ½ tuition (approximately $16,000). This scholarship is guaranteed for four years provided the student maintains satisfactory academic progress.

Applicants must be admitted to Lake Erie College and have completed all financial aid processes including, but not limited to, filing the FAFSA.

Applicants must provide the Lake Erie College Office of Admission with proof of the award and this will be verified with the Girl Scouts of America.

There is no limit to the number of awards given.

The Gold Award Tuition Promise Merit Scholarship cannot be combined with any other merit award offered at the time of admission. The student will be awarded the highest merit award for which they qualify.

The University of Akron

CITe scholarships of $2,000 (renewable every year for a total of $8,000) to Girl Scouts who will enroll in Information Systems program at The University of Akron starting 2020 academic year and satisfy our scholarship requirement.

>>CITe Scholarship Application

STEM Scholarships for Women

Are you interested in a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career? Affordable Colleges Online has a catalog of scholarships and grant opportunities exclusively for women in STEM along with other STEM career related resources.

Scholarships for women in STEM careers

The Loris and Merle Coe Memorial Scholarship

The Loris and Merle Coe Memorial Scholarship deadline is April 1st.  This scholarship is specifically for a Boy Scout who has earned an Eagle Scout Award or rank of Life Scout OR Girl Scout who has earned Gold Award or Silver Award.

Visit https://starkcf.academicworks.com/ to apply.

VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship

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

  VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship Information

Other Girl Scout College Scholarship Opportunities

Girl Scouts of the USA has compiled the following list of universities/colleges, foundations, and Girl Scout Councils that offer scholarships, awards, and grants to Girl Scouts.  Though the list is updated periodically, be sure to check with your local council for any new information.

For additional information on college scholarships, you may want to contact your high school guidance counselor, reach out to the financial aid office of the school you wish to attend, and/or check the Web sites linked on the web page below.

With some targeted research, you can uncover helpful information on securing grants and scholarships.  Always be careful of the information you share on-line.  Before beginning your search, be sure to take the Girl Scouts Internet Safety Pledge.

 Click on the link below to search for scholarships in Ohio.

GSUSA - Scholarships for Girl Scouts

Nordson BUILDS Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • High school seniors or college students enrolling in an accredited not-for-profit postsecondary institution, including a four-year college, community college, or trade school
  • Majoring in a field related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or business and interested in a career in manufacturing
  • Live near a Nordson facility or attend a school near a Nordson facility
  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA)

 

For more information and to apply, visit Nordson's scholarship page.

 

 Travel Scholarships

GSNEO Georgianna Bonds Domestic Travel Scholarship

Scholarships of up to $500 will be distributed annually through the Georgianna Bonds Domestic Travel Scholarship Fund to young women in Girl Scouts of North East Ohio who plan to travel with Girl Scout troops/groups.  Additionally, an application for a troop to apply for a scholarship of up to $1,000 is available. The number of scholarships available and scholarship value are determined each year based on current funding.

Georgianna Bonds served as a volunteer in many capacities including troop leader, Board President of one of GSNEO’s legacy councils, and international travel leader.  She was also the leader of a horse troop in Berea for several years.  She traveled to the World Centers and interacted with leaders and volunteers of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.   She was active in national US level governing and policy-making activities in GSUSA.  In honor of her many years of service, family members organized and continue to maintain this memorial fund.

Applications:
Application process on hold due to COVID-19, please check back in November 2021.

GSNEO Susan Allen Memorial Travel Scholarship

Scholarships of up to $1,000 will be distributed annually through the
Susan Allen Memorial Travel Scholarship Fund to young women in
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio who plan to travel internationally with
Girl Scout troops/groups.  The number of scholarships available
and scholarship value are determined each year based on current
funding.

Susan Allen was a long time Girl Scout and Leader in Brook Park and
Berea and co-founded an International Travel Group in 1991. 
Her interest in travelling domestically and internationally developed in
the 1980’s and blossomed with the first international trip with
Senior Girl Scouts in 1994.  She was inspired by this
7 country, 15 day trip, to obtain her MBA at Baldwin-Wallace College
with an emphasis in international business.  She continued to volunteer
with Girl Scouts while earning her MBA.  As a volunteer, she travelled
with groups to Europe, Australia and New Zealand.  Susan passed
away from breast cancer in 2005.  This memorial fund was organized
by family and friends to honor her memory.

Applications:
Application process on hold due to COVID-19, please check back in November 2021.

 

    

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