Shirley Wight Keeney Scholarships

Congratulations to this year's scholarship winners, Leila Esposito and Katie Zimmermann!

Leila Esposito (Summit HS, studying biology/Spanish and playing varsity soccer at the Catholic University of America)

Leila began pursuing her love for voluntarism early on as a Girl Scout in elementary school. She remained in scouting through high school and continued to bolster her passion for volunteer work through her Gold Award Project. She observed a need in the local community and devoted two years to tackling it with other volunteers. Over the past few years, Syrian/Afghani/Iraqi refugee families have been seeking protection in Elizabeth, NJ. As a result, a new community of refugee children formed. A majority of the children, ages 4-18, have been out of school or have never even attended school throughout their lives due to the constant presence of war in their home countries. In order to help acclimate these refugee children to the school environment and ease them into the American culture, she ran a summer program at a local mosque in Elizabeth to teach introductory English (important phrases for school) and beginner math skills. While working on this project, Leila has maintained a 4.2 GPA with a rigorous academic schedule and has been an involved member of her school's student council. She captained her high school's varsity soccer team for two seasons. She is looking forward to remaining very active in the volunteering community while continuing to study and play soccer at college next year.

 

Katie Zimmermann (Governor Livingston HS, attending Elon University)

Katie has been an active, volunteer focused Girl Scout since she was in kindergarten. Throughout the years, she has completed her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, the three highest honors a Girl Scout can earn. For her Gold Award, she created a sustainable literacy program in Hillside’s George Washington School. She created an ongoing book swap, created monthly newsletters, and held monthly book club meetings for the students. In high school, in addition to a heavy course schedule of AP and honors classes, Katie has had academic success while also managing the varsity swim team and volunteering with the Mountainside Local Youth Group, the Red Cross, Relay for Life, Operation Smile, and Link Crew (where she led and aided freshmen in transitioning to high school). Recently, Katie has been meeting with state and local officials and participating in non-violent walk-outs and marches in support of stricter gun reform and regulations and creating safer schools.

 

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The Junior League of Summit is pleased to continue its scholarship program in 2018.  We will be awarding two (2) $3,000 Shirley Wight Keeney Voluntarism Scholarships to graduating seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to voluntarism in their community.

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

  1. Applicants must live or attend school in Berkeley Heights, Chatham, NewProvidence, or Summit;
  1. Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence within their high school graduating class throughout his/her high school career;

  2. Applicants must be continuing their education at an accredited two- or four-year college or business/vocational school; and

  3. Applicants must show significant volunteer work during their high school 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.