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Cornelia Benton Scholarship

The Cornelia Benton Scholarship was started in 1991 before “Cornie” Benton passed in 2006. It has been continued by the committee, allowing active Girl Scouts to apply when they are seniors in high school to aid them for their continued education.

Cornelia lived the Girl Scout Promise for 82 years, making her the oldest Girl Scout in Utah! She joined at age 13, earning 24 proficiency badges and her Golden Eaglet through the age of 18.

When she completed her education, Cornelia became an elementary school teacher and an itinerant teacher for visually impaired students. Because of her devotion to Girl Scouting and her true passion for education, this scholarship was named after her. While she was still alive and in charge of the scholarship, Cornelia would check in on the awardees throughout their higher education careers. 


Active Girl Scouts are awarded this prestigious scholarship based on their service to their community, leadership skills, and awards; through Girl Scouts, their school, or any other organization.  This is not a scholarship based on GPA or other academic scoring. It is purely based on service done, leadership skills and positions, and awards received.

It is important to not disclose information such as GPA, SAT/ACT scores, or other academic record in this application as the committee will not be considering these factors in scoring. We also ask that you please not include pictures with your application.

  • Thursday, March 2nd – Sunday, April 16th: GSU Collecting Applications
  • Monday, April 17th: All Scholarship Application Due by Midnight!
  • Tuesday, April 18th – Monday, May 1st: Cornelia Benton Scholarship Committee reviews and scores applications
  • Friday, May 5th: Cornelia Benton Applications notified of results
Application Requirements:
  • Active Girl Scout for 6 years or more.
  • Graduating from high school this year.
  • Documentation of community service, leadership positions, and awards received.
  • A one-page reference letter from an adult mentor who has witnessed you in a leadership position. This adult might be a Girl Scout Gold or Silver Award Advisor, a member of the Community Leadership Team, recipient of a community service project such as the group and/or advisor/mentor, etc.  The reference letter should address the reasons why you would be a good candidate for the Cornelia Benton Scholarship based on the purpose of this scholarship.

The scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  1. Continued and current active participation in Girl Scouting
  2. Contribution to Girl Scouting and the community
  3. Dedication to Service, with an emphasis on the Girl Scout Highest Award equivalent.
  4. Communication Skills – grammar, punctuation, and succinctness
  5. Future goals and preparation – please be specific.
  1. Download the application.
  2. Fill out the cells below each question and fill out the charts provided in the Excel sheet application.
  3. Save the application and attach it to an email to be sent to the Programs Department at
  4. Ask the adult author of your recommendation letter to send it to either via email to or mail to:

Girl Scouts of Utah

ATTN: Programs

445 East 4500 South, #125

Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Both your application and reference letter must be received by the application submission deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact the Programs Departments: or call (801) 716-5132.

We look forward to receiving your applications!