JLS Continuing Education Scholarship

Congratulations to this year's winner of the Continuting Education Scholarship,
Sama Manchanda!

Hi! My name is Sama (pronounced like summer with a Brooklyn accent) Manchanda and I am a rising junior studying Computational Neuroscience with a minor in Applied Computer Security at the University of Southern California, located in Los Angeles. Some of the organizations I’m involved in on campus include conducting research at the Signal Analysis Interpretation Laboratory (SAIL) at USC as well as taking part in clubs like 3D Printing for Everyone (3D4E) and Corpus Callosum (a club devoted to exploring art in engineering). Through 3D4E, I had the opportunity to teach the basics of Computer Aided Design and 3D printing to kids of all ages in the Los Angeles community as well as show how 3D printed objects can be a useful learning tool in classrooms.

When I am home on breaks, I spend my free time volunteering for the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad as an associate Emergency Medical Technician. Last summer, I also coordinated a robotics program for middle school and high school aged kids in Newark through the StreetSquash New Jersey program in an effort to teach them the basics of programming and robotics and encourage them to pursue those fields in the future.

This summer, I plan to continue volunteering with the Rescue Squad and I will also be working as an Information Security intern with the Interpublic Group in New York City.

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The Junior League of Summit Continuing Education Scholarship is a $3,000 award given to an adult woman who has demonstrated a commitment to voluntarism in her community and is pursuing additional education or certification.

The scholarship is open to women who meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must live in Berkeley Heights, Chatham, New Providence, or Summit;
  2. Applicants must be pursuing additional education as adults;
  3. Applicants must be continuing their education at an accredited two- or four-year college or business/vocational school; and
  4. Applicants must show significant volunteer work in the last three years that aligns with the Junior League of Summit’s mission.

Applicants considered as finalists will be invited to interview with the Scholarship Committee to discuss their application.

Relatives of members of the Junior League of Summit are not eligible.

Application deadline has now passed.