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Each spring, Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast will present The Bauerle Family Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship Fund to support girls in their pursuit of higher education. The Award is presented to top applicants who have demonstrated personal excellence in academic, community, and Girl Scout life.

The Bauerle Gold Award Scholarship Recipients will be selected and awarded a one-time scholarship up to $1,500.

To be eligible, you must be:
• A Gold Award Girl Scout*
• Registered Girl Scout in the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast council
• A graduating high school senior
• Enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited college or university for the 2022-2023 academic year**

* Members currently in the process of earning the Gold Award may apply for this scholarship if your Gold Award Proposal has been reviewed and approved before December 31, 2021. If selected for the award, receipt of the scholarship is contingent upon successful completion of your project and having your Gold Award Final Report Form approved by April 30, 2022.

** High school students are eligible to apply. If selected for the award, receipt of the scholarship is contingent upon enrollment for the 2022-2023 academic year. Verification must be submitted by July 31st, 2022. ** Awarded Girl Scouts will receive notification by May 20th, 2022. All scholarship payments will be issued by August 15th, 2022 directly to the Girl Scout.

The Baurle Family and Girl Scouts

Karen Bauerle began her Girl Scout journey as a Brownie, the level for second and third-grade girls, and her mother served as her and her sister’s troop leader for nine years. Girl Scouts can be a true family affair, and soon enough even her father was very involved with the troop. Later, when Karen had a daughter of her own, she could not wait to share her enthusiasm for the program and started a troop of their own. 

As a family, The Bauerle's have remained actively involved with the Girl Scouts, working to serve both the greater community and the organization’s membership. Karen continues to mentor new troops and is especially passionate about helping provide the opportunity for all interested girls to experience Girl Scouts. She currently leads three troops with immense support from her husband, Randy, who recognizes the value that Girl Scouts can bring to girls’ lives. Our daughter Ashley is currently working on her Gold Award. Gold Award Girl Scouts are recognized for tackling meaningful issues in a way that drives lasting change in their communities and beyond. Recognizing that there were no current Gold Award scholarships, Karen and Randy decided to follow in the footsteps of these proactive Girl Scouts and take action.

The Gift of Education

The Bauerle Family Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship Fund is sustained through the generous donations of our Girl Scout members, Girl Scout Promise Circle donors, and community supporters.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can support the gift of education, please contact Fund Development at (800) 822-2427.