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Scholarships

Applications for GSEP’s 2021 awards and scholarships will open on November 1, 2020 and close on January 31, 2021. Please review application instructions carefully. For scholarship opportunities not sponsored by GSEP, please see the Additional Opportunities section.

GSEP Awards and Scholarships

GSEP Awards and Scholarships

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.

Instructions

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

2.    Create a username and password. Be sure to save this information for future use! 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 to be considered for any scholarship. 

4.    In addition to the Common Application, you must also complete and submit applications for each individual scholarship for which you'd like to be considered. You will notice that the Common Application will automatically fill in the answers to some questions on each individual application. Complete the individual scholarship application(s) you wish to apply for from the list below. 

5.    Scholarship applications and references must be submitted by January 31, 2020.

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.

Scholarships

  • 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 Friends of Camp Sunset Hill Scholarship provides funds for continuing education to one Girl Scout Ambassador from Delaware County. The awardee must have earned her Gold Award with a project that either educates the public about the outdoor environment or physically improves the outdoor environment. She must also be a graduating high school senior. 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.

Instructions

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

2.    Create a username and password. Be sure to save this information for future use! 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 from the list below.

4.    Scholarship applications and references must be submitted by January 31, 2020.

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.

Scholarships

  • The Margaret Glen Estey Award recognizes four Girl Scouts, ages 14-18, who undertake projects that enhance the motivation, aspiration, and self-esteem of girls under 18. Award amount: $100.
  • 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.
Additional Opportunities

Additional Opportunities

  • 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. Many colleges and universities may already have scholarships set aside for Girl Scouts and Gold Award Girl Scouts, so be sure to check with them!

  • 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.

  • 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 in May 2020. Recipients may apply for college scholarships administered by the Union League of Philadelphia in their senior year of high school.

  • Are you a Girl Scout looking to take it to the next level? Are you committed to shaping your community, in college and beyond? If so, Sweet Briar College has unique opportunities just for you. With a long history of championing women’s education, excellence and leadership, Sweet Briar offers a one-of-a-kind chance to expandnthe kinds of projects and passions you first developed in Girl Scouts. With multiple scholarships available for Gold Award Girl Scouts, Sweet Briar welcomes exceptional women — and supports them as they become women of consequence. To learn more about Girl Scout scholarships at Sweet Briar, download the flyer or visit sbc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships-and-grants.

  • The Bank of America Student Leaders program recognizes those who lead and serve in their own communities and beyond. As a Student Leader, you will work as a paid intern at a local nonprofit for eight weeks, attend the weeklong Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., develop leadership and career skills, and connect with like-minded students from your own community and across the country. High school Juniors and Seniors are eligible to apply for this opportunity each year from February to November.

  • The TFS Making Life Easier Scholarship awards students based on financial need and community service. Currently registered members of Girl Scouts of Eastern PA between the ages of 16-26 can apply for scholarships of up to $20,000 that will be distributed over four years. Applicants will have until October 31, 2019 to submit their final applications and be considered for the 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.

  • To honor the vast accomplishments of women in the United States, the National Youth Foundation (NYF) is pleased to announce the Amazing Women’s Edition (AWE) competition. AWE calls upon students in grades K to 8 to write and illustrate original books on heroines in their communities. The winning book will be published in hard cover and donated to public libraries. Additionally, the winning student will receive $500 in prizes. The winning book will be announced in March 2020.
  • 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.
Other Resources
Other Resources
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