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Leadership and Scholarship

Scholarships and Grants

Gold Award Scholarships

  • Eight $750 scholarships recognizing overall achievement.
  • One $1,000 scholarship recognizing the highest academic achiever among applicants.
  • One $1,000 scholarship recognizing the highest service achievement among applicants.

Who can apply?
Graduating Girl Scout Ambassadors who have received their Gold Award. Girls may only apply the year they graduate high school, no matter when they completed their Gold Award. If a girl is graduating in 2020, she must complete her Gold Award and have her exit interview prior to the February 1st deadline.

How to apply? 
Submit a completed application package to:
Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians
Attn: Gold Award Scholarships
1567 Downtown West Blvd.
Knoxville, TN. 37919

Applications for the 2019-2020 year are closed. Applications will reopen on October 1, 2020 for the 2020-2021 scholarship cycle. The application will be available on this page at that time. The application deadline was February 3rd at 4:30pm. Applications must be in hand in our office by this time. No applications are accepted past this deadline.

Joyce Maienschein Leadership Grant

Joyce Maienschein began volunteering 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 Troop 69 to apply for and use grant funds to lead important projects and gain leadership skills.

Under Ms. M's leadership, Troop 69 created and implemented numerous impactful service projects, several of which still exist in some form. Additionally, 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, 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 donations honoring long-time volunteer Joyce Maienschein’s legacy in Girl Scouts.

Who can apply? Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador girls or troops who are working on Take Action projects, Silver Award projects, or Gold Award projects.

How to apply?
Application Packet
Final Report

For more information, please contact us at or the volunteer co-chairs, Patty Cook (865-481-3099) and Gail Yook (865-408-2591).