Girl Scouts in Central Illinois are contributing to their communities in outstanding ways as they work to make the world a better place. Some examples include: promoting literacy by establishing a library for a children's organization; caring for the less fortunate by building and stocking food pantries; supporting students by establishing mentor programs; providing tools for children with disabilities; and hosting workshops to promote healthy habits.
These achievements are recognized through the Girl Scout Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. Learn more about the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.
In 1980, Girls Scouts introduced the Girl Scout Gold Award (Seniors and Ambassadors, grades 9-12) as its highest honor, along with the Girl Scout Silver Award (Cadettes, grades 6-8). To receive these awards, girls must meet requirements that help them prepare for, and complete, a special project benefiting their communities. Based on requests from Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4 and 5), the Girl Scout Bronze Award was introduced in 2001. Today these three awards are a highlight of the Girl Scout experience. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards represent the very best in Girl Scouting. To receive these awards, Girl Scouts must plan and complete a project that benefits their communities.
GSUSA has recently revised the award guidelines to align with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Check out the new Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, at a glance. For more information regarding the new award guidelines read FAQs regarding revised Award guidelines.
Learn more about these three awards and how you can get started today.
PLEASE NOTE: We can only accept the award applications that relate to the Journey awards.
Map It Out!
Girls can now map their award projects to show how they are making a difference around the world. Visit the interactive map and see how Girl Scouts all over are changing the world! Whether it’s Gold Awards, Silver Awards, Bronze Awards, Forever Green, or Journey Take Action projects, browse what girls are doing to get inspiration and share your story with us! It’s a great way to get inspiration for your Girl Scout year or just see what other girls are doing to change the world!
Girl Scout Scholarship Opportunities
Are you getting ready to graduate from high school? Girl Scouts are recognized around the country as being strongly-driven, self-motivated and high-achieving individuals. Due to this there are many scholarship opportunities available to Girl Scouts.
Visit the GSUSA Scholarships page.
Elks National Foundation
Applications for the Elks National Foundation's 2011 Most Valuable Student contest are available online, at your local Elks Lodge, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Foundation. To locate an Elks Lodge near you, try your phone book or click here.
The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2011 competition.
Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.
All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university. Visit the National Elks Foundation website for more information.
Scholarships for Military Children
The Scholarships for Military Children Program, sponsored by the Defense Commissary Agency, awards $1,500 scholarships to unmarried children, under the age of 21, of military active duty, Reserve, Guard and retired personnel.