JLS Continuing Education Scholarship

Congratulations to this year's winner of the Continuing Education Scholarship, Elizabeth Chern!

Hello! My name is Elizabeth Chern and I will be entering the New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) class of 2023. I have been volunteering since I was in high school, but I really branched out during college!

Some organizations I have volunteered at include the St. Peter’s Hospital, New Brunswick Children’s Specialized Hospital, and the Student Family Health Care Center (SFHCC) clinic associated with NJMS. I have been a Sunday school teacher, church group co-leader, and a homeless outreach coordinator at my church for the past four years. Once I started volunteering I became much more in tune with my community’s needs and I kept on signing up to do more. What started as a way to contribute to my community while improving my college applications quickly became a way of life! I know I can’t solve every problem, but I believe in the power of volunteers gathering to make an impact. The good you put into the world is never wasted.

It’s my goal as a physician to provide care to individuals who may otherwise fall through the cracks. Currently, my interests lie in family medicine, general pediatrics, and psychiatry. I plan to continue my involvement at NJMS’ SFHCC clinic and at my church. My future plans include joining the Green Club (which provides freshly grown produce to Newark residents) and joining tutoring programs for Newark students.


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.