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Each year, the Summit College Club awards financial scholarships to young women from the surrounding area in New Jersey who have been selected for their academic record and leadership qualities. The number of scholarships awarded, and the amount of each award, may vary from year to year. Since its inception, Summit College Club has awarded roughly $1 million in scholarship money, helping hundreds of young women attend the college of their choice. 

Scholarships may be awarded to residents of Summit, Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Millburn and New Providence, New Jersey. Applicants should be in their senior year. Also eligible are daughters of individuals who have been Summit College Club members for three ore more years. 

Application Process
Members of the Scholarship Committee work closely with the Guidance Offices of high schools in the towns listed above. The Guidance Offices coordinate the application process, ensuring that eligible young women in their schools are aware of the opportunity and checking that all applications are complete before they are submitted to the Scholarship Committee. Typically, applications are due around March 1. The application consists of: applicant information, including an academic and extra-curricular resume; academic transcript; written recommendations from (1) the applicant’s guidance counselor and (2) a teacher or other academic reference; and a written essay that addresses a question posed by the Committee.  

The Scholarship Committee reviews all of the applications and, from the pool of applicants, selects those applicants who will be offered interviews. From this smaller pool, the final recipients are chosen. Awards are usually made in June. The scholarship is paid directly to each recipient in the form of a check. 

Available Scholarships

The Tilla Thomas Scholarship, awarded each year from the Tilla Thomas Bequest, is given to a woman student who has achieved academic excellence and demonstrated leadership potential at Summit High School. 

The Mary Tennant Scholarship, awarded each year from the Mary Tennant Bequest, is given to a woman student who has achieved academic excellence and demonstrated leadership potential.

The Kathy C. Madison M.D. Scholarship, awarded each year from the Caroline Madison Endowment, is given to a woman student who plans to pursue a career in science. 

The Summit College Club Merit Scholarships are awarded to one or two women students who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrated leadership potential. 

How to Apply
Please contact your high school guidance counselor if you are interested in applying for a Summit College Club Scholarship. The process typically begins in late January.


Introducing the 2021 Summit College Club Scholarship Recipients

Annabelle Avelino, who resides in Summit, was cited as the founder of Summit High School’s first a cappella club, “Fear the Note,” a section leader for Concert Choir, and a lead vocalist for SHS’s Big Band Jazz Ensemble.  As a junior board member at Overlook Hospital, Annabelle helped raise the funds necessary to save the music therapy program.  After her own experience with Lyme Disease, Annabelle began work as a mentor with the Global Lyme Alliance and started a Lyme Disease Awareness Campaign at school. She will attend Georgetown University and major  in business and managing for social impact. Annabelle was awarded the Tilla Thomas Merit Scholarship.


Anna Torell also attended Summit High School. Her achievements include winning a bronze medal for the USA in Croatia in the event of synchronized figure skating. She is a talented artist who currently works in ceramics.  She hopes for a career that combines statistics and math in helping to address climate change, and she will attend the University of Michigan because that school offers such a program as well as competitive synchronized figure skating.  Her guidance counselor calls her “a go-getter who doesn’t let anything stand in her way.” The Mary K. Tennant Scholarship was awarded to Anna. 


Alayo Oloko, Berkeley Heights, attended Kent Place High School in Summit, where she earned outstanding academic grades and boasted a record of innovation in developing her interest in “building things.” She organized her school’s first “Hack-a-Thon” and mentored younger girls of color in the Kaleidoscope program.  According to her guidance counselor, Alayo is “a natural leader, charismatic, dynamic, and the social conscience of the class.”  She will bring all of this and more to her study of mechanical engineering at M.I.T.  Alayo received a Summit College Club Merit Scholarship.


Elizabeth Krska is a resident Summit who attended attended the Union County Magnet High School for Science, Mathematics and Technology. Her activities include tutoring, singing in a choir, playing volleyball, and presiding over her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society.  She has won a top prize for her skill on the piano and has performed at Carnegie Hall.  Elizabeth shares her musical talent by teaching inner-city children, and she plans to combine architecture, mechanical engineering, and music at Washington University in St. Louis next fall.  A Summit College Club Merit Scholarship was awarded to Elizabeth.


Alison Araten, who lives in Millburn and attended Millburn High School, presented a record of unbroken straight A’s in her classes along with a passion for scientific research.  At Tuft’s University last summer and during her senior year, she worked with doctoral students to study neuro degenerative diseases; she will be listed as one of the authors of the published study. Politically active, Alison began a chapter of Students Demand Action and spoke on a panel with Congressman Tom Malinowski against gun violence.  She also works with a child in the Special Skaters Program of the Special Olympics. At Princeton University next fall, Alison will major in science. Summit College Club presented the Kathy C. Madison M.D. Scholarship to Alison. 

Mackenzie Pierce, who attended Governor Livingston High School from her home in Berkeley Heights, served as president of Governor Livingston’s National Honor Society, founder and president of the school’s Student Activism club, managing editor of the newspaper, and a board member of the Mayor’s Youth Council.  She is a competitive rock climber and on the varsity track team.  She plans to major in economics and international relations at Boston University. Mackenzie was awarded the Summit College Club Foundation Scholarship.