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The Beth Winters Memorial Scholarship
Information about the Beth Winters Memorial Scholarship is mailed in early November to all 12th grade Girl Scouts. The application and references are due Feb. 1. Interviews will be held in February and recipients will be recognized at the annual Honors Ceremony on April 1.

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Read the blog story on the history of the scholarship and learn more about Beth!

About Beth Winters

Beth Winters, daughter of Joyce and George Termini and the late Charles Winters, exemplified the highest ideals of Girl Scouting as reflected in the Girl Scout Promise and Law. On August 26, 1995, Beth suffered an untimely death in a car accident at the age of 26.

As a young woman, Beth moved through life with grace, tenacity and a soaring spirit. The Beth Winters Scholarship Fund, endowed by Beth’s family and friends, captures that spirit by annually recognizing an Ambassador Girl Scout of high ideals. Since March 1996, sixteen such women have been so honored.

Discover - Beth was full of life. She loved music, community service, travel and physical fitness

Connect – Beth began Girl Scouting at an early age, where she flourished as part of a Girl Scout community through her high school years. Throughout her young life, she helped make the world a better place.

Take Action – Girl Scouting helped Beth develop leadership qualities. Beth represented the state of Missouri at the Girl Scout National Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. in 1985.

Academic Achievement – Beth graduated in 1987 from North Kansas City High School and then went to Mizzou, where she graduated in 1991 with a degree in journalism and music.

For More Information
If you have questions about the Beth Winters Scholarship or other Girl Scout scholarship opportunities, please email program@gsksmo.org.

VFW Scout of the Year Scholarships
Annually, the Veterans for Foreign Wars recognizes three individuals who are: Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, Venture Summit Award recipients, and/or Sea Scout Quartermasters who have risen above their peers in exemplifying the qualities of that rank.

Applications are due to your local VFW post by March 1, 2017. Recipients of the three scholarships are selected from a national pool of candidates.

  • Be a registered, active member of a Girl Scout Troop.
  • Be a Gold Award recipient.
  • Have demonstrated exemplary citizenship in school, Scouting and community.
  • Have reached your 15th birthday and be enrolled in high school at the time of selection. 

Find out more about these scholarships from the VFW and find your VFW Post.

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2017 Chuck McLane Scholarship
The Chuck McLane Scholarship is awarded to two Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who
complete a Gold Award project in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM).This
application qualifies Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients, who are starting college in the fall of 2017, to be considered for the $10,000 college scholarship provided by the Arconic Foundation (formerly Alcoa Foundation).

Who is eligible to apply?
• Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who completed a STEM Take Action Project (project
involves a STEM field - Science, Technology, Engineering or Math)
• Recipients who will attend an accredited four year college or university as a freshman
beginning in the fall 2017 to pursue and complete studies in a STEM-related field. (At
time of submission, applicants may not be enrolled in college yet but will have to confirm enrollment before scholarship can be awarded.)

The parameters and structures of the scholarship include:
• Scholarships are awarded to Gold Award recipients who completed an innovative,
sustainable STEM-related Take Action Project that has significant impact on a
• Strong focus on girls from diverse and underrepresented communities.
• Recipients must be enrolled in an accredited four year college, beginning their freshman year in the fall of 2017, and complete their studies in a STEM-field.
• Recipients will be required to submit transcripts after their sophomore year showing they are pursuing studies in a STEM-related field and have maintained a grade point averageof at least 3.0 to receive her second payment.
• Distribution of payments will be as follows: Recipients will receive the first $5,000 for
their freshman fall semester followed by the second $5,000 for her fall junior year.
• Scholarship funds may be used exclusively to defray educational costs such as tuition,
fees, books, and supplies, as well as room and board in a college dormitory.

Each Girl Scout Council can submit up to 2 applications to GSUSA for consideration. A panel of corporate and community leaders will assist GSUSA in choosing two
scholarship recipients from the pool of nominees. Councils and applicants will be
notified by May 6, 2016.

Application & Deadline
Applicants must submit a completed application to TracyHull@gsksmo.org by February 13, 2017. Applications MUST be typed and submitted as a Word document directly to GSKSMO.

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