The Community Chest Accepting Applications for Seventh Annual High School Young Women's Leadership Awards

(Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey; December 28, 2023) -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County is accepting applications for its seventh annual High School Young Women's Leadership Awards.  This year, three awards will be given to outstanding students identifying as female, enrolled in either their junior or senior years, and residing and/or attending a public or private a high school in eastern Bergen County, New Jersey. 

           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 February 15, 2024.

            Candidates are compassionate young women, who have demonstrated a passion for leadership in the community through innovative thinking and the courage of their convictions.  They are required to complete an online application and present two recommendations.  Finalists will be notified and asked to participate in an interview with the application review committee.

             The Community Chest's High School Senior Young Women's Leadership Awards provide a $5,000 award to one first place winner.  High school seniors, who identify as female, may complete an online application available at

            The Community Chest is also giving a Junior Young Woman's Leadership Award.  Two winners will each be presented $1,000 and an opportunity to participate in an internship with a local nonprofit during the school year or summer.  Applicants must complete and submit an online application available at

            Through a highly competitive process, applications will be reviewed by an esteemed group of women leaders, who have volunteered to judge the applications.  The winners receive a certificate memorializing their award to include in their college admissions packet.  They are also invited to attend a celebration and meet local women leaders from the public and private sectors. 

The Legacy of the Elizabeths

            The leadership award honors the legacy of the three Elizabeths -- Elizabeth Cutter Morrow, Elizabeth Morrow Morgan, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  During the Great Depression, Elizabeth Cutter Morrow, an Englewood resident, became the founding board chair of The Community Chest.  Elisabeth Morrow Morgan, the founder of The Elisabeth Morrow School, grew up in Englewood.  Tenafly resident Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a leader in the suffragist movement. 


            The Community Chest welcomes donations from the public to recognize the work of these young women.  Contributions of any amount to support the awards may be sent by check with payment made out to The Community Chest, located at 122 South Van Brunt Street, Englewood, New Jersey 07631.  Visit The Chest's website,, for more information about the Young Woman's Leadership Award and the organization's mission and work.

            For further information about the Young Woman's Leadership Award, contact Executive Director Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer at (201) 568-7474.

About The Community Chest

            Founded in 1933, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, has supported local not-for-profit agencies for 90 years.  The Chest leads initiatives and supports nonprofits that make our communities stronger and benefit people in need in eastern Bergen County.  Each year, The Chest raises funds and allocates them to agencies demonstrating the capacity to provide services to local citizens.  The organization also provides coordinating and planning services in its communities, serving as a bridge between agencies and organizations and investing in the stability and quality of the service network. 

The Community Chest's Board of Managers is comprised of community leaders dedicated to improving the lives of neighbors in need.  People interested in being considered for board membership may contact Executive Director Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer at (201) 568-7474.

            For further information about The Chest, visit or contact (201) 568-7474.  Stay updated about the organization’s activities on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Photo Caption: Group photo of 2023 junior and senior finalists with The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County's representatives.   Photo credit: Jordan Yanowitz

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