Scholarships, Awards & Honors

Samsung American Legion Scholarship

One $1250 scholarship is awarded to a Girls State citizen who applies for the Samsung scholarship. Her application is then eligible for one of the ten national scholarships of $10,000, or one of ten runner-up scholarships of $5,000. Scholarship applications must be a direct descendant of a wartime veteran who served on active duty during at least one of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for American Legion membership. Samsung scholarships are for undergraduate study only and may be used for tuition, books, fees, and room and board. Winners are selected according to academic record, involvement in school and community activities, community service and financial need. Applicants who are direct descendants of Korean War veterans will receive special consideration. Visit for more information.

Outstanding Student of Government

The girl with the highest score on the government test is awarded $100 by the UND Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

Art & Agnes Olson Award

One $50 scholarship is given to a Girls State citizen who has the ability to work with people, is respected by her peers and elders, and care about others. She is enthusiastic and full of energy. She is not necessarily a leader, but is a good follower. She is involved with community service in her home town. The recipient is selected by the Girls State counselors.

Kennelly Award for Outstanding Citizen

A $75 scholarship is awarded to one participant who has demonstrated leadership and cooperation in striving to attain the objectives of Girls State, displayed proper conduct, self-control, and influence on others.

Outstanding City and County Citizens

Each Girls State city and county chooses an outstanding citizen.  Cities and counties vote for a citizen who has demonstrated leadership and cooperation during city and county functioning.

UND Honor Scholarship

The ALA Girls State Governor and ALA Girls Nation Senators are each awarded a one-time $750 scholarship if they attend the University of North Dakota the academic year following high school graduation.

UND Alumni Association Scholarship

Two citizens who attend UND the academic year following high school graduation each receive a one-time $500 scholarship. Awardees must have an interest in public affairs or in a career in public service, demonstrated by either an intended college major in a related area or through community and/or political involvement. They should also have a record of involvement with extracurricular activities and/or community service.

Applications must be submitted to Gamble Hall, Room 265, the office of Political Science and Public Administration, by 12 noon, the Wednesday of Girls State.  You can start the application before you arrive.