Girl Scout Scholarships

Doneta Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois offers a memorial scholarship in honor of Doneta Schaeffer. Doneta was a Girl Scout volunteer and council staff member who believed that there was always something new to learn, different things to see and more fun to experience.

The annual Doneta Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship was established to remember and renew this legacy at least once a year. Designed to help the recipient further her education, the $1,000 scholarship is given to a Girl Scout who exemplifies the ideals that Doneta held dear.

Recipients must:

  • Be a registered Girl Scout in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois council.
  • Have at least five years of experience in Girl Scouting, with two of those years as a Girl Scout in grades 10-12.
  • Have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award for Girl Scouts.
  • Have demonstrated commitment to living by the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
  • Be a high school senior, with graduation occurring in the present school year.
  • Have at least a 2.5 grade point average.
  • Have submitted an application to a college or technical school.
  • Be able to document recent leadership roles, involvement in community service, and a diversity of activities in her personal life.
  • The postmark deadline for all paperwork is March 1. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Applicants will be interviewed by a committee of Girl Scout volunteers by April 30.
  • Applications will be mailed to all eligible Girl Scouts in January. If you have any questions or would like more information about this scholarship, please contact Korissa at or 800-798-0833.

Doneta Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship Application
Doneta Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship Reference for Community Involvement
Doneta Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship Reference for Girl Scout Involvement

Girls of Courage, Confidence and Character Scholarships

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois provides a monetary scholarship to three girls throughout the council: a Girl of Courage, a Girl of Confidence and a Girl of Character. Anyone can nominate a Girl Scout for these scholarships. There are no requirements for age or grade. If you know a Girl Scout who has gone above and beyond this past year in her role as a Girl Scout, consider nominating her for one of these scholarships.

Girl of Courage, Confidence and Character Scholarship Nomination Form

Letter of Endorsement for Girl of Courage, Confidence, Character Scholarship

National Young Women of Distinction

Girl Scouts who receive the this honor receive many benefits including a college scholarship, an invitation to a Girl Scout national meeting to be honored, the opportunity to join the National Girl Consultants, and the opportunity to join the National Young Women of Distinction Alumnae Association.

Click here for the application. Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2014. Mail the application to: Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Attn: Scholarships, 2644 Pennsylvania Avenue, Dubuque, IA, 52001.

Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship Award

Gold Award recipients who completed a Take Action project involving a STEM field (Science, Technically, Engineering and Math) are invited to apply for a $10,000 college scholarship. Two scholarship recipients will be selected each year through 2017.  Alcoa will also provide scholarship recipients with an Alcoa mentor for their freshman year.


  • 1. Completed a 2014 STEM Gold Award Project (project touches on Science, Technology, Engineering or Math)
  • 2. Enrolled in an accredited four year college, beginning their freshman year in the fall of 2015 and continuing studies in STEM.

The two scholarship recipients will receive the first $5,000 for freshman fall semester followed by the second $5,000 for her fall junior year if she maintains a 3.0 GPA and plans to continue her education in a STEM related field.

Click here for the application. Applications are due to by February 13, 2015.

Community Scholarships

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service in the United States. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level.

The program’s goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Over the past 16 years, more than 310,000 young Americans have participated in the program, and nearly 100,000 of them have been officially recognized for their volunteer work. Girl Scouts are often recognized for this award for their outstanding work on Take Action projects.

Applications are due to Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois by November.

Learn more about the requirements and view the application form.

Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award

The program identifies and recognizes Iowa high school juniors who propose and then accomplish projects of their own design. The program encourages young Iowans to invest their talents and energies in their schools, communities and beyond; promoting personal growth, maturity and self-confidence while making a difference in people’s lives.

Each student finalist receives a $1,000. In addition, three are chosen to win $5,000 scholarships to be used at a two or four year college/university anywhere in the nation.

For more information and the application, click here. Applications are due March 31, 2015.

Peace First Prize

The top ten winners receive a $25,000, two-year Fellowship which can be used to 1. Contribute to the winner’s education and professional development, and/or 2. Support the winner’s ongoing peacemaking work. Winners also participate in a 2-year fellowship group of peacemaking leaders; leadership development program; mentoring and opportunities to actively engage in Peace First’s mission and work through participation in national and local peace initiatives.

Citizens or legal residents of the United States who are between the ages of 8 and 22 years old, who have undertaken projects in the United States that are well underway, ongoing, or have already taken place.

Peacemaker projects should reflect prize criteria which include: evidence of compassion (understanding and caring about other people), courage (taking risks to help others), and collaborative change (working with others to improve schools and communities).

Click here for more information.

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. The top 10 winners each receive a $5,000 cash award to support their service work or higher education. The primary goal of the Prize is to shine the spotlight on these amazing young people so that their stories will inspire others.

Young people, ages 8 to 18, who have shown leadership and courage in developing and implementing an extraordinary service project that benefits people, creatures, or the planet.

Winners must have demonstrated strong personal initiative as well as positive spirit, courage, intelligence, generosity, and high moral purpose. While outside help may have been obtained, the activity must be largely the winner’s own creation.

Applicants must be nominated by an adult who is familiar with the applicant’s service activity.

For more information, click here.

Everyday Young Heroes

Everyday Young Heroes are youth leaders who identify a need in their community, address it through service, mobilize their peers and community partners, and engage the media and elected officials. Winners receive a certificate and letter, and are featured on Youth Service America’s (YSA) website and in the weekly National Service Briefing. They are also considered for YSA Grants and additional YSA

Click here for more information.

Presidential Volunteer Service Award

The PVSA is given by the President of the United States and honors individuals, families and groups who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service over the course of 12 months. Honorees receive: an official President’s Volunteer Service Award lapel pin, personalized certificate of achievement, congratulatory letter from the President of the United States, customized press release, and are eligible to be recognized as a YSA Service Star.

For more information, click here.

Catherine McAuley Scholarship

Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy in 1831 to help provide education to families and children in need. Her legacy continues with the Catherine McAuley Scholarship. It provides free tuition to Iowa students whose family income is $45,000 or less annually. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years.

To be eligible, students need to:

  • Be an Iowa resident and graduate from an Iowa high school.
  • Be admitted as a new freshmen to Mount Mercy University.
  • Reside all four years on Mount Mercy’s campus during the academic year.
  • File the FAFSA prior to July 1 (first year) and May 1 (subsequent years) that shows family income of $45,000 or less and Pell Grant eligibility.
  • Show satisfactory academic progress and participate in Mount Mercy’s College Success Program during their first year on campus.

For more information, click here or see the FAQ’s sheet. Contact Dean of Admissions Terri Snyders Crumley  ( or 319-363-1323 ext 1017) or the admission staff (319-368-6460 and toll-free 800-248-4504) with questions.

Click here for more scholarship and award opportunities.