Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast announces the Bauerle Family Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship Fund

Foto: The Bauerle Family supports Gold Award Girl Scouts in their pursuit of higher education.

While there are a variety of scholarships that Girl Scouts can pursue, Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast is excited to announce a new, local opportunity just for girls within the Central Coast region. 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 will be presented to top applicants who have demonstrated personal excellence in academic, community, and Girl Scout life.

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. She has since been a troop leader for ten years, served as a Service Unit manager, and now assists with recruiting and mentoring through Girl Scouts.

The Bauerle Family has remained actively involved with the Girl Scouts, working both to serve the greater community and the organization’s membership. Karen is passionate about starting new troops and passing them on to mentored leaders. She currently leads three troops with immense support from her husband, Randy, who recognizes the value that Girl Scouts can bring to girls’ lives. Their daughter Ashley is currently working on her Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. 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.

Recipients of The Bauerle Family Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship Fund will receive a one-time scholarship of up to $1,500. To be eligible, girls must be a Gold Award Girl Scout (or in the process of earning the award), a registered Girl Scout in the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast council, a graduating high school senior, and enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited college or university for the 2021-2022 academic year. High school students are eligible to apply and if selected for the award, receipt of the scholarship is contingent upon enrollment for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Applicants will need to fill out an electronic application and submit, including a transcript and resume, via email to development@girlscoutsccc.org on or before April 16, 2021. For more information and to download the application visit www.girlscoutsccc.org/goldawardscholarship.

“All Gold Awardee girls are welcomed and encouraged to share their Girl Scout journey and apply for our scholarship toward their college futures,” said Karen.

We are so grateful for the Bauerle family and their contributions to both the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast and our Gold Award Girl Scouts. As our girls work to educate and inspire, drive meaningful change, and make the world a better place, we are so grateful that with the Bauerle’s support they will be able to continue their efforts on a larger stage – first in higher education, then the world.

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