2014 National Young Women of Distinction
Information for Applicants
Please review this information before completing the
What is a
National Young Woman of Distinction (NYWOD)?
Young Woman of Distinction is the designation, and a 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.
eligible to apply for this honor?
Any Girl Scout who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award between January 1, 2012 and August 1, 2013.
How do I
can be found on the following page. Be
sure to include all of the requested documents when you submit the
completed application to your council.
the application deadline?
You must contact your council for this information. Every council/USAGSO
is responsible for establishing its own application deadline.
Where do I
submit my application?
Applications MUST be submitted directly to
your council or to your overseas committee chair.
happens after I submit my application?
council is responsible for reviewing the applications they receive, and
for selecting up to three nominees.
Councils also are responsible for submitting their nominations to GSUSA. A
panel of corporate and community leaders will assist GSUSA in choosing the
ten NYWOD from the pool of nominees.
if I belong to USAGSO?
Overseas committee chairs will submit
applications directly to USAGSO to select the nominees.
the nominees be chosen?
Only your council
can provide this information (each council will establish its own
deadlines for receiving applications and for choosing nominees). Councils
must, however, submit their nominations to GSUSA by September 3, 2013.
girls can each council/USAGSO nominate?
Each can nominate up to
the National Young Women of Distinction be recognized?
Each NYWOD will receive an
academic scholarship, and will be prominently and nationally recognized
during a 2014 event. Travel, food and lodging will be paid
by GSUSA. All NYWOD are
expected to attend this event.
have any specific responsibilities?
NYWOD are expected to attend the State of the Girl Summit. They also
will serve as consultants to Girl Scouts of the USA, and may be asked to participate
in speaking engagements, surveys, webinars and/or other Girl Scout-related
I find information on past Young Women of Distinction and their projects?
visit the Girl Scouts' Highest Awards homepage
What if I
need more information?
local Girl Scout council or overseas committee chair will be able to help