Scholarships and Awards


Shirley Wight Keeney  was a beloved member and Past President of the Junior League of Summit.  This remarkable woman was well-loved and greatly admired by generations of Junior League women.  She began her volunteer work early as a preschooler in the early 1920s and carried on her tradition of service throughout her life until her passing in 2010.  We feel it is a privilege for the League to offer scholarships to high school seniors, in her name, each year.  The scholarship is open to students who meet the Shirley Wight Keeney Scholarship requirements.

Shirley Wight Keeney Scholarship Application Link

Shirley Wight Keeney Recommendation Submission Link

We also award a Continuing Education Scholarship to a member of the community who has demonstrated a commitment to volunteerism in her community and is pursuing additional education or certification and who meets the Continuing Education Scholarship requirements.

Past Scholarship Winners

Jean Hudson Gano Volunteer Award

The Jean Hudson Gano Community Service Award was established in May of 1997 in celebration of Jean’s life. Jean was an outstanding Junior League and community volunteer.  Jean’s impact on the community was far-reaching and long-lasting.  The award given in her memory will ensure that her extraordinary commitment to voluntarism will never be forgotten.

Click Here for the Jean Hudson Gano Nomination Form

Congratulations to 2021 award winner Marie Avagliano!

Past Recipients of Jean Hudson Gano Award

The Amanda Parrish Block Award

Each year, the JLS awards The Amanda Parrish Block Grant based on certain needs that arise in the community surrounding food insecurity and meeting essential demands. The grant was established in 2017 in honor of Amanda Parrish Block, founder of Giving and Receiving Assistance for our Community’s Essentials (GRACE), as a tribute to her tireless efforts, enthusiasm, and dedication to address the various needs in our community.

Congratulations to the 2020 recipient: ‘Helping Hands’ in support of students and families of Chatham in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘Helping Hands’ assisted local families by purchasing grocery gift cards, securing boxes of fresh produce, milk and eggs, bread, face masks and other essentials.  Helping Hands of Chatham, NJ is an online volunteer coordination service for friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to assist those in need. In addition, they have recently implemented a buddy system where volunteers can sign up to help within the community.  Whether the need is emotional, a shopping trip, pharmacy pick up, a car ride, a visit to the doctor – whatever the necessity may be, They will have a pool of volunteers to provide outreach. Learn more about Helping Hands.

Past Recipients of the Amanda Parrish Block Award


Sign up to receive timely information regarding  scholarships and awards!

Join our Mailing List