STEM Scholarship Essay by 5/31


Girl Scout Ambassadors with a knack for STEM: don’t miss out on a chance to earn a $1000 scholarship thanks to a generous donation from General Dynamics!

The Girl Scout program has long been recognized for introducing girls of every age to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our local council, Girl Scouts of Citrus, offers a number of creative programs that engages girls in a fun, collaborative atmosphere, but recognizes the need to do more.

Through the very generous gift from General Dynamics, a global aerospace and defense company that values a commitment to good corporate citizenship, sustainable business practices and community support – a STEM career is a bit closer to attaining.


$1000 Scholarship


A well-educated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is a significant contributor to maintaining the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy.  Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the proposed scholarship will advance efforts in the field of study for a well-deserving girl.

The award seeks: 1) to increase the number of academically talented students in STEM and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) to improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented students; and 3) to generate knowledge to advance understanding of how factors or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM.

The STEM disciplines supported by the STEM program include:

  • Biological sciences;
  • Physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science);
  • Mathematical sciences;
  • Computer and information sciences;
  • Geosciences;
  • Engineering; and
  • Technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.)


This award provides $1000 towards an educational opportunity for a girl seeking an undergraduate degree from a fully-accredited institution within a STEM discipline.


To be eligible for the $1000 award:

  • Ambassador Girl Scout
  • Proof of acceptance into a higher education institution
  • Demonstrated affinity for Girl Scout STEM programs
  • Written essay of 500-800 words
    • Essay should include name and contact information
    • Topic to be addressed, “How has my Girl Scout journey prepared me to become a successful young adult?”

Submit the required documents including proof of acceptance into a higher education institution, demonstration of completion of Girl Scout STEM programs, and the written essay to Toni Castillo, Chief Relationship Officer, at Submissions may be electronic or hard copy. If mailing submission, send to:

Girl Scouts of Citrus Council
341 N. Mills Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803
c/o Toni Castillo

Deadline for submission May 31, 2017. Winning recipient will be notified within the next week.

Presentation of the award will commence at the 2017 In Her Honor event on June 10, 2017 at the Citrus Club located at 255 S Orange Ave., Ste 1800, Orlando, FL 32801.