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Girl Recognition

An important part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is recognizing girls- through awards and scholarship opportunities! Check below for scholarship opportunities as well as opportunities to nominate Girl Scouts in Orange County for the amazing things they do!



Go-Getter Girl Scout- Girl Scouts are often asked to take the lead through their participation in special opportunities. Whether they inspire audiences by giving a speech, answer questions on a panel, present the flag, or sing Girl Scout songs, these activities help girls connect with their community!

To join the Go-Getter Patrol, simply complete this form for a girl, or the whole troop, and you will be added to a list of Go-Getter Girl Scouts!

Girl Scouts of all ages are welcome to apply. When an opportunity arises that matches your indicated interests, our team will be in touch!


Congratulations to the 116 Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients for the 2015-2016 Membership Year! View the list here.

Celebrate Leadership 2015

Apply to Be a Girl Board Advisory Member - due Feb. 15, 2017  Levels: Seniors, Ambassadors - This is an exciting leadership opportunity for Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts interested in planning the future of Girl Scouting in the OC. Girls will participate in approximately 12 meetings per year with the GSOC Board among other duties and responsibilities.


Girl Award Nominations - due March 12 - Each year, GSOC recognizes Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors at the GSOC Recognition Event. See the Overview of Girl Awards. The Outstanding Senior Girl Scout Recognition, Juliette Low Spirit of Girl Scouting Award, and Take Action Awards are presented as a surprise at the annual Recognition Event. Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can be nominated by their Advisor, Service Unit Manager, or other Girl Scout adult volunteer OR by a sister Girl Scout Ambassador. In addition, eligible girls will be recognized as Graduating Seniors, Ten Year Award recipients, Gold Award recipients, and Bridge to Adult recipients; please submit the Girl Awards Request Form to submit names and details for eligible Girl Scouts.

Celebrate Leadership 2015

Nominate a Girl Scout for Celebrate Leadership 2017 - due April 15,  Levels:  All - Celebrate Leadership is a Girl Scout Council of Orange County annual fundraising event, and we're looking for a few great Girl Scout representatives!  Selected Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to share their Girl Scout story with 400+ community leaders, receive professional speaking training and coaching, participate in a professional photo shoot with an OC community leader and more!  Nominate a girl today using the online Nomination Form (for the nominator), Nominee Form (for the parent/girl) and Reference Form (for two references).  Learn more.

SAVE THE DATE for Girl Scouts Celebrate! 2017 - The 2017 Girl Scouts Celebrate! Recognition Event will be held June 4, 2017 at the Disneland Hotel. Tickets and program details coming soon. View photos from the 2016 Recognition Event and download the souvenir program!

Scholarship Opportunities

Celebrate Leadership 2015

KPMG Future Leaders Program - Due January 30 - For High School Seniors

Celebrate Leadership 2015

AlcoRehab Alcohol Addiction Awareness Essay Contest - Due February 1 - Applicants must be age 18 or older and enrolled full-time in a U.S. institution for graduate or undergraduate program.

Celebrate Leadership 2015

Cox Scholars – Due February 1 - Cox Charities awards college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are residents of Southern California.


$10k Scholarship for Gold Award Recipients! - Due Feb. 1 - The 2017 Chuck McLane Scholarship made possible through the generous support of the Arconic Foundation (formerly called Alcoa Foundation), is a $10,000 college scholarship awarded to two Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose Gold Award project involved science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) (PDF) and who plan to pursue a STEM-related college degree and career. This is a national program and GSOC is looking for two nominees to represent Orange County. Request an application today and submit your materials to us by February 1, 2017.

Celebrate Leadership 2015

VFW Scout of the Year - Due March 1 - Age 15 and up, in high school, and earned the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Celebrate Leadership 2015

National Young Women of Distinction - Due March 1 - Represent GSUSA as speakers at a number of local and national events, receive professional public speaking training, have the opportunity to reach a national audience while highlighting the importance and impact of their projects, and are awarded college scholarships and other opportunities to help sustain their Gold Award projects.  Girl Scouts who completed their Gold Award between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 are eligible. Request a nomination.

Celebrate Leadership 2015

Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge - Due April 7 - For applicants ages 11-18.

Celebrate Leadership 2015

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes - Due April 15 - For applicants ages 8-18.

Celebrate Leadership 2015

Rover College Scholarship - Due May 31 - For high school seniors and/or college students.

Celebrate Leadership 2015

Home Advisor Green Home Improvement - Due December 15 - For high school seniors accepted to a college or trade school or any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited college, university or trade school in the United States.


Search for scholarships available for Girl Scouts by state on the national website