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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.

  • Monday, January 29 – Sunday, April 1, 2018: GSU collecting applications
  • Monday, April 2, 2018: All scholarships are due by Midnight!
  • Tuesday, April 3 - Tuesday, April 17 2018: Cornelia Benton Scholarship Committee reviews and scores applications
  • Friday, April 20, 2018: Cornelia Benton Applicants 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. Fill out the online application form 
  2. Send your reference letter in to Council. You can mail it or email it, but it must be received by the application submission deadline.

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!