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Each year through an application and interview process, GSNI awards scholarships to registered, graduating Girl Scouts who have been actively involved in Girl Scouting during their high school years. These girls have committed to furthering their education, demonstrated their understanding of the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and live by those values. Their communities and our council have benefited from their commitment, service, and leadership. We are honored to recognize these scholarship recipients!

2021 GSNI Scholarship Recipients

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    Lauren Kohl, Bartlett          

    GSNI Ambassador Scholarship

  • Harley  Miller- Scholarship photo_cropped

    Harley Miller, Rock City

    GSNI Ambassador Scholarship

  • Briana Reagan_Scholarship photo_cropped

    Briana Reagan, Poplar Grove

    GSNI Ambassador Scholarship

  • Katherine Sanders- Scholarship Photo_cropped

    Katherine Sanders, Bartlett

    GSNI Ambassador Scholarship 

  • Jenna Strohschein_Scholarship photo_cropped

    Jenna Strohschein, South Elgin

    GSNI Ambassador Scholarship

  • Kaitlyn Tesdorff- Scholarship  Photo_cropped

    Kaitlyn Tesdorff, Rockford

    GSNI Ambassador Scholarship

  • Courtney Tietz_Scholarship photo_cropped

    Courtney TietzOswego

    GSNI Ambassador Scholarship

  • Julia Vogt_Scholarship photo_cropped

    Julia VogtCary

    GSNI Ambassador Scholarship

Thanks to generous donors for providing GSNI’s 2021 Scholarships!


GSNI Scholarships

2022 Scholarship Application Submittal opens Nov 1, 2021.

Elizanne Lewis Gold Award Scholarship

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is proud to award the Elizanne Lewis Gold Award Scholarship. This scholarship is generously provided by the family of lifelong Girl Scout Elizanne Hanitz Lewis. At the time of her death in 2017, Elizanne was identified and recognized by Girl Scouts of the USA as the oldest living recipient of the Golden Eaglet, Girl Scouting’s highest award available from 1916 to 1939. Girls who have earned a Girl Scout Gold Award are eligible to for this scholarship. 

GSNI Gold Award Scholarship

The GSNI Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship requires applicants to be graduating high school in 2022 and to have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award by January 14, 2022. If your Girl Scout Gold Award project has not yet been complete, your Gold Award Final Report must be submitted through Go Gold Online by January 14, 2022 to be considered eligible. This scholarship focuses on the girl’s Gold Award project along with her other Girl Scout, school, and community activities.

GSNI Ambassador Scholarship

The GSNI Girl Scout Ambassador Scholarship asks girls to share their Girl Scout experiences, their community service, and their leadership roles during their high school years. Past GSNI Ambassador Scholarship recipients include girls who have completed Journeys, earned various awards and badges, and led activities at service unit events or day camps – the list of their Girl Scout accomplishments is endless! Girls have also been student council members, part of church groups, and volunteered with various community organizations.

How to Apply for GSNI Scholarships

While you may only be awarded one Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois scholarship, if you meet the qualifications for the 2022 Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship, you may apply for both scholarship opportunities using the appropriate application forms. 

Complete applications must include:

Applicants may complete the scholarship application electronically and submit via e-mail. Applicants can forward the link for the Scholarship Recommendation Form to the persons they are requesting recommendations from. This form may also be completed electronically and submitted via e-mail. 

Deadline: January 14, 2022 at 5 p.m.


Other Scholarship Opportunities

GSUSA Scholarship Opportunities
Prudential Emerging Visionaries

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards has evolved into the national recognition program called Emerging Visionaries. Prudential Financial alongside Ashoka, a leading social impact organization, awards young leaders for their innovative solutions specifically geared to financial or societal challenges. Students who want to make a change can receive up to $15,000 in awards, coaching, and an all-expense trip to Prudential headquarters. Girl Scouts ages 14-18 are eligible to apply now through November 4th. For more information, visit their page or email  

The Gloria Barron Prize

A Call for Young Heroes—Apply for this year’s Barron Prize!
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is excited to launch its 2021 awards cycle! The Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. Fifteen top winners each receive $10,000 to support their service work or higher education. Encourage the young heroes you know to apply online by April 15, 2021.

Other Scholarships

YWCA Northwestern Illinois will award the following scholarships to promote and recognize our future leaders:

  • $1,500 Bright Future Scholarships to outstanding female high school seniors
  • 2 - $1670 scholarships La Voz Latina Scholarship, funded through the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (This scholarship will be awarded to a male or female high school senior of Hispanic/Latino descent)

All applicants must live and attend school in Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, or Jo Daviess county. 

The 2022 scholarship application deadline is Friday, January 14, 2022

Please visit the YWCA Northwestern Illinois website to download the application(s).