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 Research Scholarships, Grants and Awards

GSHG is pleased to announce that we once again have funding available for local Service Unit World Thinking Day events in our council, due to a generous grant from Publix Charities.  Service Unit mini-grants will be given out to those Service Units who have planned a World Thinking Day event, and who fill out the application and submit their budget to the council.  The grants will be available in amounts up to $500, and are meant to help cover the costs of the day’s activities.  The council will be able to provide signage in the form of banners which acknowledge the Publix contribution.  A press release will be created for the local media (the Service Unit will be responsible for delivering) and we will advertise your event by posting information and your flyer on the GSHG website.  If enough Service Units are interested, we will also print an event passport which could be used by all. 
If your Service Unit would like to apply for this funding, please fill out the application and send it to Betsy Connell along with your budget, event outline and event flyer by November 14, 2013, via email (preferred), fax or regular mail.  Service Units who receive the grants will be notified by December 3, 2013, and will receive the funds after the event report, final budget, original receipts and pictures of the event are turned in; receipts MUST be submitted by February 26, 2014, in order to receive reimbursement.

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Created by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program annually honors middle and high school students in the United States who volunteer in communities at home or abroad.  Students in grades 5-12 are eligible to apply for the 2013 awards if they have volunteered in the past year. Awards are granted to youth volunteers at the local, state, and national level.  State honorees will receive a $1,000 award, a silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in May for special recognition events. National honorees will receive a $5,000 award, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their nominating school or organization, and a $5,000 grant from the Prudential Foundation for a charitable organization of their choice. Application are due to
certifiers (nonprofit organization head) by November 5, 2013.  Visit the website for complete information.


The Al’Shondra Harris Girl Scout College Book Scholarship is a $250 book scholarship awarded to a graduating Girl Scout who has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award. Eligibility and application requirements are detailed in the enclosed application form.  Those interested should complete the application and return it to the Columbus Service Center, Att: Toya Winder, 1344 13th Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901. All applications must be received before August 1, 2014.

The Jeanne McPherson Stansell Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating high school senior who plans to pursue a degree in Education.  The scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to a Girl Scout Ambassador who meets the eligibility and application requirements, and who has proven herself in academic accomplishment, Girl Scout involvement, community contribution, and leadership quality. Eligibility and application requirements are detailed in the enclosed application form.  Those interested should complete the application and return it to the Athens Service Center, att: Christina Smith, 185 Newton Bridge Rd., Athens, GA 30607. All applications must be received before March 30, 2014.

For girls who are enrolled in high school and are registered, active members of Girl Scouts who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award  and are at least 15 years of age.  $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 scholarships are available.  Girl Scout must have demonstrated practical citizenship in school, scouting and the community.  Scouts should submit the completed VFW Scouting Scholarship form, resume of high school activities, scouting record, community service record and  letters of recommendation to a local VFW Post no later than March 1.

The scholarship is valued at $9,000 toward tuition at Wesleyan College, and is renewable every year for four years, or eight semesters, if the student remains in good standing and maintains a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. While this cannot be combined with any other Wesleyan College sponsored scholarship, it can be replaced with a higher valued scholarship if the student meets additional qualifications. The Wesleyan Gold Award scholarship recipient can supplement her Wesleyan scholarship with state and federal aid.
--> Visit Wesleyan website for additional information.

You may also want to check out the other college scholarship opportunities and college planning resources for Girl Scouts listed on the national Girl Scouts website, at  Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award significantly improves your scholarship opportunities;  if you haven’t yet earned your Gold Award, there is still time!  Check out our High Awards page for more information.