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Gold Award Girl Scouts: Issues of the world, meet your match.

Gold Award Girl Scouts

Issues of the world, meet your match. 

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Once achieved, it shows colleges, employers, and your community that you’re out there changing the world. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see how GSHPA’s Gold Award Girl Scouts are taking action in their communities. All highest awards Final Reports are due September 30th of the year girls bridge to the next age level.

Check out the Class of 2022 Gold Award Girl Scouts! 

Girl Scout Gold Award


Go Gold for you—not for anyone else! The Gold Award is an opportunity to set your passions in motion. It’s challenging. It’s immensely rewarding. And it’s entirely up to you.

Planning to go to college? Some universities and colleges award scholarships to Gold Award Girl Scouts. Visit the GSUSA website for a complete list of scholarships and awards. Reach out to the college and university admissions departments directly for more information and to apply. See the "Gold Award Scholarship" section below for details on scholarships offered by GSHPA.

Considering a military career? Gold Award Girl Scouts are also entitled to enlist at a higher pay grade when they join the military.

Looking to stand out? Girl Scouts of the USA selects ten Gold Award Girl Scouts each year to be National Gold Award Girl Scouts based on their Gold Award projects.

You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:

You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent) 


You're registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador


You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey

*Please see the Gold Award Proposal Rubric for a full list of requirements needing to be met for your proposal to be approved.*

**GSHPA is dedicated to helping girls of all abilities and backgrounds achieve their Gold Award. Gold Award Staff will work with you, your parents/caregivers, and your troop leader to ensure that you have the support you need to complete your project.**


Watch our Gold Award Webinar!  The Gold Award webinar is a resource for girls and families looking to start their Gold Award journey. It is not required that girls watch the webinar prior to submitting their Gold Award Project Proposal. Go to 35:40 to jump to our GoGold walk through!


Submit ProposalProposals may only be submitted through the GoGold online portal. GSHPA must approve your project plan before you begin actively working on it. No final reports will be approved without a council-approved project plan.

*Graduating seniors must submit their proposals by 6/1 of the summer of graduation to be considered eligible to earn their Gold Award.


After your proposal is reviewed, a staff member will reach out to you discuss your proposal via Zoom. Further details will be provided prior to the Zoom meeting. 

Gold Award Fundraising

GSHPA staff will provide guidance to girls who need fundraising assistance for their Gold Award projects. Please see the Gold Award Fundraising Guidelines and Fundraising FAQs  for information on Gold Award project fundraising.

*Please note- you cannot start fundraising for your project until you have been approved by GSHPA Gold Award staff to get started.

Submit Final Report

Submission of final reports in GoGold are accepted on a rolling basis throughout high school once a girl completes her Gold Award project. The final deadline for final reports is September 30th of the year of graduation before bridging to Adult membership.

(Example: Girls graduating in 2022 have a final report submission deadline of 9/30/2022).


Identify an issue


Investigate your issue thoroughly


Get help and build your team


Create a plan


Present your plan and gather feedback 


Take action


Educate and inspire

Gold Award Girl Scout Recognition

Girl Scouts who earn their Gold Award are celebrated by GSHPA each year through various forms of recognition at the council level and by local and national government officials. Recognition classes run April 1st-March 31st, and are celebrated in late spring/early summer each year. Girls that have their final reports approved after April 1st will be celebrated in the following year’s class.

GSHPA Gold Award Scholarship

The applications for the 2022 GSHPA Gold Award Scholarship are open June 27th-July 29th, 2022. Applications can be found here

There are three scholarships available for girls who have earned their Gold Award and are graduating in 2022 or are currently attending a post-secondary institution. Current high school students who have earned their Gold Award will be eligible to apply during their graduation year.

Recipients will be notified in early Fall 2022 and the scholarship funds will be sent directly to the post-secondary institution. If you have questions, please reach out to

  • Go for the Gold - Tips from Gold Award Girl Scouts

  • GSHPA Class of Gold Award 2022 projects

    The following video highlights were revealed during the June 12, 2022 Gold Award Ceremony. We are sharing them here to showcase the honoree’s work.


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