National Young Woman of Distinction is the designation, and special honor, conferred by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue.
Please review this information before completing the application:
Who is eligible to apply for this honor? Any Girl Scout who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award from May 1, 2012 to March 1, 2014.
How do I apply? The application can be found within the link above. Be sure to include all of the requested documents when you submit the completed application.
Why do I need to include headshot photos in my application?Headshot photos will be used for publicity purposes when the NYWOD are selected.
What happens after I submit my application? GSNEO reviews the applications received, and selects up to three nominees. GSNEO will then submit nominations to GSUSA. A panel of corporate and community leaders will assist GSUSA in choosing the ten NYWOD from the pool of nominees.
When will GSNEO’s nominees be chosen? GSNEO's nominations will then be sent to GSUSA on March 31, 2014. Applicants will be notified of their status with a letter that will be emailed.
How will the National Young Women of Distinction be recognized? Each NYWOD will receive a $5,000 academic scholarship made possible by the Kappa Delta Foundation. The NYWOD will also be nationally recognized at the 2014 National Council Session/53rd National Convention. In addition, NYWOD may be invited to serve as representatives for the national organization at speaking engagements, and/or other Girl Scout-related events.
Where can I find information on past Young Women of Distinction and their projects? Check out the videos located on the Girl Scout Gold Award page.
Submit application by mail or email to:
Young Women of Distinction, One Girl Scout Way, Macedonia, Ohio firstname.lastname@example.org