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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 Gold Award Girl Scouts. 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.

GSOSW Scholarships for Gold Award Girl Scouts

To qualify for a 2022 GSOSW scholarship, you must be—or be in the process of becoming—a Gold Award Girl Scout, and be graduating high school (or equivalent) in 2022.

  • Luella Shaver deadline: April 19, 2022
  • Emerald Circle deadline: October 24, 2022
  • Arlene Johns Deadline: May 10, 2022
Scholarship Applications



This scholarship has been established to recognize an outstanding Gold Award Girl Scout 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 Emma Coulter, the recipient of the 2022 Arlene Johns Memorial Scholarship!

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 become Gold Award Girl Scouts 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 Gold Award Girl Scout.  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 Makena Krause, the recipient of the 2022 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 grant scholarships twice annually to qualified Gold Award Girl Scouts. Funds are raised through donations. You can be a part of this exciting movement by donating to the scholarship fund. Contact us at to learn more.

Congratulations to Charlotte Adams and Makena Krause, who each received a Fall 2021 Emerald Circle Scholarship, and to Anna Gabler who received a Spring 2022 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.