Dr. Elinor Crawford Girl Scout College Scholarship Fund Applications Open Now!

1/6 Update – Applications are now open! The links to the guidelines providing eligibility criteria for the 2023 award year and the application for the Dr. Elinor Crawford College Scholarship Fund of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. are available below:  

The completed application, including required attachments and letters of recommendation, must be received by February 28, 2023 as stated on the application.

Scholarship recipients will be honored at the Young Women of Distinction celebration on May 21, 2023. For assistance, contact Marie Graziosi at marieg@gsgcf.org or 941.921.5358 ext. 338/800.232.4475.


The Dr. Elinor Crawford Girl Scout College Scholarship Fund was established to recognize and celebrate graduating high school Girl Scouts who demonstrate the characteristics of the Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law; leadership to self and the community; and outstanding academic success. 

It is named for the late Dr. Elinor Crawford, a former Gulfcoast board member.  In 1987 she was a member of the Girl Scout Scholarship Committee which was subsequently renamed The Dr. Elinor Crawford Girl Scout College Scholarship Fund, in her honor.  She served on the committee up through her death in 2016, and was proud to read each application and girl story.  

As a professor of physical education at the University of Northern Iowa for thirty years, she served as a member of the committee that contributed to the writing and passage of Title IX, the most significant piece of federal legislation impacting girls and women in education.  Dr. Crawford was fiercely committed to lifting up Girl Scouts in support of their education. 

The application will be available January 6 and is due no later than February 28.  Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Young Women of Distinction celebration in May. 

Eligibility requirements and applications and will be available here, January 6, 2023. 

Over the years, individual donors have also given generously to the college scholarship fund, to increase opportunities for Girl Scout graduating seniors. Dr. Crawford believed, as do we, that when girls succeed through education, so does society. Today, we are proud to continue her legacy. Please join us in continuing her legacy and providing more opportunities for girls by donating.

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