Applications Open for Young Women's Leadership Awards

Open to Junior and Senior Female Students in Northern Valley

By Angeline Sheridan March 5, 2021

The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County is accepting applications for its fourth annual Young Women's Leadership Awards. Two awards will be given to outstanding female students enrolled in their junior or senior years residing and/or attending a public or private high school in eastern Bergen County. Applicants living in and/or attending a school in any of these towns may apply: Alpine, Bergenfield, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan, Rockleigh and Tenafly. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2021.  

Community Chest Executive Director Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer with 2019 High School Young Woman's Leadership Award recipient Alexa Miller.

Candidates will have demonstrated a passion for leadership, compassion, innovation and the courage of their convictions in their community. They are required to complete an online application, answer essay questions, submit a student resume and present two recommendations.  Additional information about the leadership awards and an online application are available HERE.

The Community Chest's High School Senior Young Woman's Leadership Award provides a $2,000 scholarship to the finalist. The Chest is also giving a Junior Young Woman's Leadership Award. The finalist will receive a $250 award and an opportunity to participate in an internship with a local nonprofit during the school year or summer.  The winners also receive a certificate memorializing their award for possible inclusion in their college admissions packet. They are also invited to attend a celebration and meet local women leaders for the public and private sectors.

"The Community Chest’s Leadership Scholarship not only helped me financially advance my educational career, but also allowed me the opportunity to reflect on female leadership and meet incredible women across many different fields.  Today, I still hold close all that the scholarship has provided me and am thankful for the experience," said Michelle Yu, a 2018 High School Young Woman's Leadership Award recipient, who is currently pursuing a bachelor of arts in film and media studies with a concentration in sociology at Columbia University.

Michelle Yu, 2018 High School Young Woman's Leadership Award recipient, with Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer 

The annual awards remember three women from the area and the leadership they demonstrated throughout their lives. During the Great Depression, Elizabeth Cutter, a resident of Englewood, became the founding board president of The Community Chest. Her daughter, Elisabeth Morrow Morgan, grew up in Englewood and co-founded The Elisabeth Morrow School. Tenafly resident Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a leader in the suffrage movement. 

For more information about The Community Chest, visit


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