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Scholarships

GSEP scholarships are CLOSED for 2017! Please check Additional Scholarship opportunities below as we will continue to update as new opportunities become available. 

The awards and scholarships listed below are sponsored by donors within Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and are available to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors currently registered with GSEP. Each award has different criteria, requirements, and application processes. Please see the step by step process below on how to submit these applications.

1.    Read the Scholarship Application Instructions to help get you started on the submission process.

2.    Create a username and password. With your account, you will be able to edit and view all your scholarship applications in one place.

3.    Complete the Scholarship Common Application This application is required for each scholarship. After you complete it once, it will automatically fill in information for every additional application you apply for.

4.    Complete the scholarship applications you wish to apply for from the list below.

5.    Scholarship applications and references must be submitted by January 31, 2017.

6.    You will hear from the scholarship committee regarding the status of your application at the end of March.

7.    All scholarship recipients will be invited to be recognized at the GSEP Annual Meeting held in the spring.

The Dotti Martin Educational Scholarship/Destination Fund recognizes a girl who has been active in Girl Scouts and exemplifies courage, confidence, and character just as Dotti Martin did. One girl will be awarded $1,000 to advance her education or to fund a GSUSA Destination. Click here to read Dotti’s biography.

The Elizabeth G. Dorsett Memorial Scholarship provides funds for continuing education to one Girl Scout Ambassador who is graduating from high school. Applicant must have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and demonstrate high academic achievement. Award amount: $500.

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Graduating Senior Scholarship is given to several graduating high school seniors who demonstrate leadership involvement within the community and is to be utilized for continuing education beyond the high school level. Award amount: $1,000

The Helen Bartberger Award is awarded to one Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador who feels that her Girl Scout experience has influenced her life. Award Amount: $200.

The Janet and Solomon Eshner Scholarship provides funds for continuing education to one Girl Scout Ambassador who is graduating from high school. Award amount: $450.

The Judy Borie Scholarship provides funds for continuing education to one Girl Scout Ambassador who is graduating from high school. Award Amount: $1,000.

The Kiwanis Scholarship provides funds for continuing education to one or more Girl Scout Ambassadors who are graduating from high school. Award amount: $1,000.

The Monae Ragsdale-Mabrey Scholarship awarded to one graduating Girl Scout Ambassador who is a model student and gives of herself to family, friends, and those in need. Eligibility requirements: Residence or troop member in the following zip codes: 19082, 19104, 19132, 19138, 19139, 19140, 19141, or 19143. Award amount: $250.

The Renee Carol Harper Memorial Scholarship honors one graduating senior who is an active member of a troop in Philadelphia, is active in her school and community, and plans to continue her education beyond high school. Award Amount: $500.

The following applications are completed by an ADULT who wishes to nominate a girl for one of these scholarships. Please see the step by step process on how to submit these applications.

1.    Read the Scholarship Application Instructions to help get you started on the submission process.

2.    Create a username and password. With your account, you will be able to edit and view all your scholarship application(s) in one place.

3.    Complete the scholarship applications you wish to apply for listed below.

4.    Scholarship applications and references must be submitted by January 31, 2017.

5.    The girl being nominated will hear from the scholarship committee regarding the status of their application at the end of March.

6.    All scholarship recipients will be invited to be recognized at the GSEP Annual Meeting held in the spring.

The Maurice Seltzer Science and Math Award recognizes one Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador working in the fields of science and math while performing community service. Award Amount: $50.

The Muriel E. Lehman Award honors one Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador who has done the most to promote friendship among persons of different ethnic background. Award Amount: $200

The Union League of Philadelphia Good Citizenship Award offers awards for Girl Scouts who are juniors in high school and have shown marked evidence of good citizenship. Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania will select up to 16 girls who are nominated to receive this award. Recipients of the award will be invited and required to attend Good Citizen Day hosted by the Union League of Philadelphia on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Recipients may apply for college scholarships administered by the Union League of Philadelphia in their senior year of high school.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Girl Scouts of USA offers a list of college and universities, as well as foundations which provide specific scholarships, awards, and grants to Girl Scouts. We encourage each girl to contact the colleges and universities for which she applies to ask if they would consider granting a Girl Scout Scholarship.

The scholarships below are awarded directly by the organization/company or educational institution and applications are completed through their website or by submitting the attached paper application.

The Congressional Award program, sponsored by the United States Congress, honors youth for setting and accomplishing goals in the areas of voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. This award is given to youth ages 14 to 23 who complete a given number of hours across each area. Hours accumulated through Girl Scout Gold Award projects or other Girl Scout activities can be counted toward a candidate’s goal as long as activities are in compliance with the award program guidelines. (Please note that hours accumulated by Girl Scouts prior to registering for the Congressional Award do not count.) Gold medal recipients will be recognized by members of Congress at an event in Washington, DC and are eligible to receive scholarships and other opportunities through schools and universities. All deadlines are rolling; Girl Scouts can start working towards a Congressional Award at any time. To access the Congressional Award program guidelines and instructions for logging hours, visit the Congressional Award  website.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of the Philadelphia Region, Inc. Scholarship Program is awarded to high school seniors and helps give students the opportunity to fulfill their educational goals. Click here for more information on the application process and deadlines.

The Cedar Crest Gold Award Recipient and Girl Scout Involvement Scholarships are awarded to future Cedar Crest College students who have received the Girl Scout Gold Award or were active Girl Scouts for two years in high school respectively.

The Moore College of Art & Design Girl Scout Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts  is awarded to a member in good standing with the Girl Scouts who is in her senior year of high school and has begun her application to Moore College of Art & Design.

For additional information on college scholarships, contact your high school guidance counselor, reach out to the financial aid office of the school(s) you wish to attend, and check out these websites:

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For questions regarding scholarships, please email us