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Scholarships

The deadline is March 17, 2021, for the Educational and Kim Welsh Scholarship applications. 

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Girl Scout Educational Scholarship

$30,000 to be awarded!

The Girl Scout Educational Scholarship was established in 1997 and recognizes the achievement and character of graduating Senior Girl Scouts who have achieved their Silver and/or Gold Award. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of academic achievements as well as Girl Scout involvement and accomplishments. 

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered a candidate for the Educational Scholarship:
  • Must demonstrate the ideals of the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
  • Must be a registered member of the Girl Scouts of Western New York with a minimum of five years of membership in the Girl Scout organization.
  • Must be a graduating, high school senior in 2021.
  • Must be accepted into an accredited university, college, or technical school for Fall 2021.
  • Must have earned the Silver or Gold Award,  OR have completed their Silver or Gold Award Project, submitted the paperwork to Council, and have been granted final Council approval on or before March 14, 2021.
  • Complete and submit the application.
  • Obtain one (1) letter of recommendation.
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Kim Welsh Memorial Scholarship

$2,000 to be awarded!

The Kim Welsh Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1998 through the generosity of Carol and Allan Welsh in memory of their daughter, Kimberley.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered a candidate for the Kim Welsh Scholarship:
  • Must be a registered member of the Girl Scouts of Western New York.
  • Must be a graduating high school senior in 2021 and beginning some form of higher learning in the Fall of 2021, or a current college freshman.
  • Must have earned the Gold Award, or have completed their Gold Award Project and have final Gold Award paperwork approved by council on or before March 17, 2021.
  • Have demonstrated leadership ability in Girl Scouting and be able to document strong participation in extracurricular activities as well as service to the community.
  • Complete and submit the application.
  • Obtain one (1) letter of recommendation.

There are no applications for the scholarships listed below. Recipients are drawn from the pool of girls receiving their Gold Award at the Gold Award Luncheon, June 2021.


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Hans and Charlene Schoenenberger Golden Opportunity Scholarship

Hans and Charlene Schoenenberger offer one $1,000 scholarship to a Girl Scout who is receiving the Girl Scout Gold Award in 2021.


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The Ralph and Mary McLean Wilson Scholarship

The Ralph and Mary McLean Wilson Scholarship offers two $1,000 scholarships to Girl Scouts who are receiving the Girl Scout Gold Award in 2021.


If you have further questions regarding any of the scholarships listed above please contact: GSWNY staff member  Bev Rhodes at 1-888-837-6410 ext. 7984 or email