CyberScout & Identity Theft Resource Center 

2017 Annual Girl Scouts Privacy Essay Scholarship Competition 

The following information has been updated as of September 19, 2017. 

Mark your calendars, submission entry period open September 1 - September 22, 2017.

The recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship from CyberScout and an all-inclusive trip to the PrivacyXChange Forum on October 22-24, 2017 in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada. Recipient will be accompanied by a guardian and their trip will be all-inclusive as well.

Who can enter? Girl Scouts Grade 9 - 12 

Rules for Entry: Girl Scout must have attended an ITRC Hands-on Privacy Workshop and successfully earned a Mobile Privacy Patch by participating in the pre- and post-test activity at the event and by educating a parent, Troop Leader or friend by bringing them to workshop event.

Essay Topic: Write an essay no longer than 500 words on the following:  How valuable is your identity to you and what are the consequences of not protecting your privacy?.  This might include a wide range of experiences including a personal experience which resulted in how you look at privacy now or an online experience which caused you to be more aware of the need to secure your privacy settings. 

Discuss your experience/s and give examples, as applicable.  You might also want to include what does privacy mean to you, when do you think about privacy the most, or what steps do you take to protect it.

Be sure of your word count! Entries exceeding the 500 word limit may be disqualified.



Judging Criteria:   

  • Inclusion of personal experiences and/or examples (15 points) 
  • Readability and clarity (5 points)
  • Spelling and grammar (5 points)

Submit by email:

  • Submit your entry by email in a word document to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - we will email you confirmation of receipt.
    • Include the following information: name, grade, and troop number.

Submit by mail: 

  • If you are submitting your entry via regular mail, the entry must be typed double-spaced on one side of 8-1/2 x 11 white paper and include the following information: name, grade, and troop number.
  • Submissions must be received by September 22, 2017. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (858) 634-6387 for confirmation.


By participating in the essay competition, you agree that you have attended a Hands-on Privacy Workshop and completed the requirements for the patch. You also agree that you and a guardian are available to attend the PrivacyXChange event on October 22, 2017.



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