Young Women of Distinction

2014 National Young Women of Distinction Information for Applicants  

Please review this information before completing the application.  

What is a National Young Woman of Distinction (NYWOD)?

A National 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.  

Who is 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 apply? 

The application 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.  

What is 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.  

What happens after I submit my application? 

Each 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.    

What if I belong to USAGSO?

Overseas committee chairs will submit applications directly to USAGSO to select the nominees.  

When will 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.  

How many girls can each council/USAGSO nominate?

Each can nominate up to three girls.  

How will 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.    

Will they have any specific responsibilities? 

All 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 activities.  

Where can I find information on past Young Women of Distinction and their projects?

Please visit the Girl Scouts' Highest Awards homepage     

What if I need more information? 

Your local Girl Scout council or overseas committee chair will be able to help you.

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