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Girl Scouts helps girls develop leadership skills, confidence and experience taking action to make the world a better place. Did you know that these same experiences also make Girl Scouts ideal candidates for college scholarships? The listings below include scholarships just for young leaders, Girl Scouts, and  highest award recipients. Discover your options and apply today!

Scholarships for all Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of the USA has a searchable database of scholarship opportunities available to Girl Scouts.

Tips for using the database:

  1. To find opportunities available only to girls in our council: Select "GS Council" and "Oregon," or explore the list below.
  2. To find scholarships for Girl Scouts at a specific college or university: Select "College/University" and the state where the school resides.
  3. To find opportunities available to girls from any state: Select "All" in the state drop-down list.

Girl Scouts OSW Scholarships

To qualify for a GSOSW scholarship, you must have earned - or be in the process of earning - the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Fall 2018 Emerald Circle Application




This scholarship has been established to recognize an outstanding Gold Award recipient and allow her to continue her education. Scholarship monies awarded may be used for college, university, technical, vocational or trade schools and is not limited to schools in the State of Oregon.

Congratulations to Madison Barnes Nelson, the recipient of the 2017 Arlene Johns Memorial Scholarship!

The recipient of the 2018 Arlene Johns Memorial Gold Award Scholarship will be announced at the Girl Scout Gold Award recognition ceremony on June 23, 2018.

Read about Arlene Johns

Arlene Johns was a long time member of Girl Scouts of Western Rivers council, one of the legacy councils that forms Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Mrs. Johns served as a troop leader and her troop members were among the first to achieve Gold Awards in Western Rivers council. As an active board member, she represented the interests of the girls. Arlene was a member of the Silver and Gold Operating Team and mentored many young women, encouraging them always to seek the best in themselves. It is in her memory and honor that this scholarship is given. The funding for this scholarship came from the Johns Family, Mrs. Johns’ employer, Bud Johnson of Acme Collision, the Springfield business community and many, many friends in Girl Scouts.


The Luella and George Shaver Family Scholarship is given to an outstanding Girl Scout who best demonstrates the same qualities that Luella Shaver, a longtime, dedicated volunteer, showed in her life as a Girl Scout. The scholarship began in 1982 and is awarded each year to an exceptional graduating Girl Scout Ambassador who earned her Girl Scout Gold Award. It is awarded for educational pursuits, such as college, vocational training and/or apprenticeship programs at an accredited school. The scholarship recipient is determined by a special committee and panel of judges, including Luella’s daughters Mary and Zizi Shaver.

Congratulations to : Marissa Levy, the recipient of the 2018 Luella & George Shaver Family Scholarship!

Read about Luella Shaver

Luella Shaver started with one Girl Scout troop but soon was leading three troops! Her deep dedication to Girl Scouting was apparent in the remembrance shared by her daughter, Mary, that quitting piano lessons could be tolerated but quitting Girl Scouts – never! Luella also served in several leadership roles and was well known and loved as she exemplified true Girl Scout values and vision. The family has established an endowment to ensure that the Luella and George Shaver Family Scholarship Fund will be available forever.


The Emerald Circle will be granting scholarships twice annually to qualified Girl Scout Members who have earned the Gold Award. Funds are raised through donations. You can be a part of this exciting movement by donating to the scholarship fund. Contact Minda Seibert at 503-977-6825 or to learn more.

Congratulations to Ashley Felsch, Hannah Grudzinski, Kellie Zepeda and Leah Haidar who each received a Fall 2017 Oregon Clinic Emerald Circle Scholarship, Kelsey Breshears who earned a 2017 Emerald Circle Technical Scholarship. And to Anna Speer who received the Spring 2018 Emerald Circle Scholarship, and Sierra Ashley who received the Spring 2018 Oregon Clinic Emerald Circle Scholarship!


Read about the Emerald Circle

The Emerald Circle provides scholarships and support, inspiring girls to aim for excellence while becoming the leaders of tomorrow. 2016 marks the first year this program was brought to our council.