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Girl Scouts opens the door to great opportunities including college scholarships. See what opportunities exist nationally!

We are honored to annually facilitate two scholarships, The Beth Winters Memorial Scholarship and The Spirit Scholarship to graduating Girl Scouts in our council through one application process! 

**2020 Scholarship Information will be available Fall of 2019**

Deadline to apply is February 10, 2019. Recpients of both scholarships will be recognized at Inspire a Girl on April 7, 2019. 

To be eligible for either scholarship, you must: 

  • Be a registered member with Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri at the time of application and have been a registered Girl Scout for at least two years prior to the year you are applying.
  • Be graduating from high school in 2019.
  • Have begun the college application process.
  • Have demonstrated involvement in the Girl Scout program on a troop, service unit, district, council or national level.
  • Have given community service as an individual or as part of a group effort in addition to your Girl Scout activities.
  • For The Spirit Scholarship, be a Gold Award Recipient and show financial need.
  • For the Beth Winters Scholarship, be a Gold Award recipient or have earned the Silver Award and have a minimum GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit your completed online application by February 10, 2019. 
  • If selected, participate in an interview on March 9, 2019, in Girl Scout uniform or business casual attire.

Application Components:

  1. Personal Information (see application questions)
  2. Three references from persons able to verify your Girl Scout involvement and achievements. One is to be from a peer; two from adults who are not relatives. (Have your references complete and return this reference form or other document to you for submission with your online application.)
  3. Girl Scout Involvement & Special Recognitions Form (complete and upload in the online application)
  4. An essay titled “How Girl Scouting Has Helped Me Form the Vision for My Life” (one to two pages in length)
  5. High School Transcript (does not have to be an official copy)
  6. Resume
  7. Recent photo

**Tip: Compile all your information using the resources above, then submit your application. The online application does not have an autosave or save and return function, so your application must be completed and submitted in one session**

>>Online Application 

Review Process: Applications will be reviewed by a committee including Connie Davis as well as family and friends of Beth Winters. Selected applicants will be invited to an in-person interview with the committee on March 9, 2019. Recipients of both scholarships will be notified after the interview process and recoginized at Inspire a Girl on April 7, 2019.

Beth Winters Memorial Scholarship

Beth Winters, daughter of Joyce and George Termini and the late Charles Winters, exemplified the highest ideals of Girl Scouting as reflected in the Girl Scout Promise and Law. On August 26, 1995, Beth suffered an untimely death in a car accident at the age of 26.

As a young woman, Beth moved through life with grace, tenacity and a soaring spirit. The Beth Winters Scholarship Fund, endowed by Beth’s family and friends, captures that spirit by annually recognizing an Ambassador Girl Scout of high ideals.

Read about the history of the scholarship and learn more about Beth! 

 Learn more about the Beth Winters Memorial Scholarship

Beth Winters Scholarship Renewal Process: As long as funds are available, past recipients of the Beth Winters scholarship may renew their scholarship one additional year. The Recipient must submit verification of their enrollment status at an accredited college or university, current grade-point average (minimum 3.1 on a 4.0 scale) to the council by July 1st of the year they would like to renew funding.

The Spirit Scholarship

The Spirit Scholarship was established by lifetime Girl Scout and highest award recipient, Connie Ehrlich Davis, in memory of her parents, Maxine and O. J. Ehrlich.

During her youth in Wichita, KS, Connie’s parents were tireless supporters of her participation in Girl Scouts, recognizing the experience would help her develop confidence and leadership skills. Since the Ehrlich’s did not have the opportunity to attend school past 8th grade, they also believed in the importance of further education. They were committed to ensuring Connie had every opportunity to benefit from scouting and an education, both of which served her well throughout her career. It is in the “spirit” of their wisdom that this scholarship will be awarded to girls who demonstrate academic excellence and uphold the highest ideals of Girl Scouting.  

 Learn more about the Spirit Scholarship

The Spirit Scholarship Renewal Process: As long as funds are available, past recipients of The Spirit Scholarship may renew their scholarship for three additional years. The Recipient must submit verification of their enrollment status at an accredited college or university, current grade-point average (minimum 3.1 on a 4.0 scale) annually to the council by July 1.

VFW Scout of the Year Scholarships

Annually, the Veterans for Foreign Wars recognizes three individuals who are: Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, Venture Summit Award recipients, and/or Sea Scout Quartermasters who have risen above their peers in exemplifying the qualities of that rank.

Applications are due to your local VFW post by March 1. Recipients of the three scholarships are selected from a national pool of candidates.

Eligibility:

  • Be a registered, active member of a Girl Scout Troop.
  • Be a Gold Award recipient.
  • Have demonstrated exemplary citizenship in school, Scouting and community.
  • Have reached your 15th birthday and be enrolled in high school at the time of selection.

>>Find your VFW Post
>>Download the application

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.

Are you a middle level or high school student making a difference through volunteering? Apply today for national recognition, monetary awards and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.!

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

Applications are now open for 2019 awards. Here's how it works:

  • By November 6, 2018, students must submit their completed applications, and signed student/parent agreements, to a certifier. (Certifiers can be school principals or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or affiliate of Points of Light's HandsOn Network.)
  • By November 16, 2018, certifiers select and certify top applicants for state-level judging.
  • On February 5, 2019, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards announces state-level winners for 2019.

Learn more & apply!