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Joyce Maienschein Leadership Grant

Joyce Maienschein began her volunteer efforts with Oak Ridge Girl Scouts in 1957, and by 1965 she was leading Troop 69. “Ms. M’s” leadership was unique and nationally recognized. She encouraged her Girl Scout Troop 69, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to apply and use grant funds to enable them to gain leadership skills and lead important projects. Under Ms. M’s leadership, Troop 69 created and implemented numerous service projects that achieved impactful results, several of which still exist in some form to this day. In addition, Troop 69 was the only American troop to ever receive the International Walter Donald Ross Award, given to “the most outstanding troop in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.”

In 1978, Joyce Maienschein was awarded the Juliette Low World Friendship Medal by GSUSA in recognition of her outstanding efforts to extend opportunities for international understanding through Girl Scouting. In 1994, she founded the Girl Scout Museum at Daisy’s Place and directed it until moving to Arizona in 2009. The museum remains a vital part of GSCSA.

This grant is funded by designated donations by individuals to honor Joyce’s legacy in Girl Scouts.

  • Grants of up to $250 are available to individual girls or troops within the council to financially support the development of leadership skills.
  • Girls should take the leadership role in applying for and implementing these grants.
  • Applications are now being accepted. Up to 8 awards will be given per year.
  • Application packets are available online and at council service centers.
  • Recipients of the grant are required to submit a final report describing the outcomes of the project and how the recipients grew in leadership roles.
  • Funds are limited and no more than $1000 will be awarded per funding cycle.
  • The proposed projects or programs should reflect the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through Discovery of Self, Connection with Others or Taking Action to Make the World a Better Place and should lead to one or more of the fifteen specific leadership outcomes associated with the Girl Scout program.

The following Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troops or individual Girl Scouts are eligible to apply:

  • Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troops, or individual Girl Scouts organizing Take Action programs that develop leadership skills and benefit the Girl Scout or global community.
  • Cadettes working on Silver Awards.
  • Seniors or Ambassadors working on Gold Awards.

View the grant proposal score sheet to learn more about how applications will be evaluated.

For further information about this grant program and process, please contact Amanda M. Johnson at

To make a donation to help continue funding the Joyce Maienschein Leadership Grant program, please contact the council office at 800-474-1912 or