SUMMIT, NJ - Summit Police Department Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police Nicole (Nikki) Griffiths is among the Junior League of Summit (JLS) 2020 Scholarship recipients, having been awarded the Junior League's Continuing Education Scholarship. Griffiths is joined by Domenico Deluca (Governor Livingston HS), Mikayla Meyler (Chatham HS), Jill Zimmerman (Governor Livingston HS) and Allie Zimmerman (Governor Livingston HS), each of whom was named as a recipient of a Shirley Wight Keeney Voluntarism Scholarship.
The Shirley Wight Keeney Voluntarism Scholarships are awarded annually by the Junior League of Summit to local, graduating high school seniors. The Continuing Education Scholarship award is given to an adult woman who has demonstrated a commitment to voluntarism in her community and is pursuing additional education or certification.
The scholarships' namesake, Shirley Wight Keeney, was a beloved member of the Junior League of Summit and the Summit community. As an active volunteer, Keeney truly demonstrated the League's Mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through effective action and leadership.
Griffiths will be attending Oregon State University (E-Campus), pursuing a degree in Fisheries & Wildlife Science to follow her passion for animals, conservation, and our ecosystems. She has been a member of several non-profit organizations in the Summit area, including the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, the Summit Police Department, Family Promise, Mylestone Equine Rescue and most recently SHIELD of Summit, a volunteer organization dedicated to keeping the community's seniors and homebound residents safe.
She also volunteered with Family Promise-Union County to address food insecurity issues among their guest families and their graduate families. With their National Headquarters based in Summit, Nikki was able to orchestrate an annual food drive. In the second year of the event, Family Promise teamed up with the Junior League of Summit to contribute food donations initially to “No Kid Goes Hungry,” and most recently “Loaves and Fishes.” Over the last five years, this initiative has donated over 5,000 pounds of non-perishable food items.
“We are continually impressed with the caliber of our scholarship applicants. Each year brings more and more remarkable accomplishments and academic success," said Junior League of Summit President Erika Melchiorre. "The achievements and contributions of these individuals are an inspiration to us all, and we look forward to seeing what they accomplish as they continue their education.”
Deluca will be attending Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Muhlenberg School of Nursing. A lifelong Mountainside resident, he has been involved in many school and town organizations. At school, he is part of Student Ambassadors, TREND (anti drug and alcohol program), GLTV crew, Stage Crew and Set Design, President of the Italian Club, and participates on the Student Advisory Committee. Outside of school, Deluca was a boy scout in troop 177 and achieved the rank of Eagle about a year ago. Now he assists the troop in being a Junior Assistant Scout Master. Deluca volunteers for the Mountainside Rescue Squad as an EMT and has been on the squad for two years. He also holds the rank of Field Officer at the squad where he assists in scheduling and operations, and volunteers for the Mountainside Fire Department as a probationary member and plans to attend the fire academy in the fall.
Meyler will be attending Georgetown University in the fall and has been a longtime active resident of the Chatham community. One of her favorite activities is volunteering as a certified EMT with the volunteer Chatham Emergency Squad (CES). She rides as a cadet on Friday nights riding four hours at a time, and she is fully involved with the medical care of the patients. She has also been a Girl Scout since Kindergarten, and the culmination of her time in this group came together with her Gold Award called Map to the Heart. She is working together with CES to create a virtual map of all locations of AEDs in Chatham Township and Borough for the emergency services and citizens to use. She hopes to further her love for the medical field by majoring in biology in college on a pre-med track at Georgetown University in the fall. She is also a peer mentor in her schools freshman ambassador club LINKS, working to create a smooth transition for incoming freshmen and encouraginf them to make positive safe choices throughout high school. Apart from the sciences and mentoring, Meyler has also been very involved in theater during her time in high school. She is a member of the International Thespians society and hopes to continue her love for singing in college.
Jill Zimmerman will be attending Tulane University in the fall. She has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten and is still an active member as a senior in high school, writing notes for senior citizens and making signs for essential workers and first responders during the COVID-19 crisis. She also serves on the Gold Award committee as the scout liaison after completing her Gold Award project in her junior year. In her project, Zimmerman educated the community about the importance of wearing bicycle helmets by reaching out to students, coaches, and parents. She created a reward system which was reinforced by the police to encourage residents to wear helmets and had signs posted to remind residents. In addition, she partnered with Overlook Medical Center to provide residents with free baseline concussion testing. She also enjoys volunteering with the Mountainside Local Youth Group where she is co-president and helps provide for the needs of the homeless. In addition, Zimmerman is a flutist and a member of the Governor Livingston High School Highlander Band, the concert band, wind ensemble, and jazz band. She served three years as the manager for the Governor Livingston High School Varsity Fencing team.
Attending Belmont University in the fall, Allie Zimmerman serves as co-President of the Our Lady of Lourdes’ Mountainside Local Youth Group, where she participates in various fundraisers benefiting the homeless. She earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by creating a summer music program to help combat summer learning loss. Zimmerman paired high school musicians with middle school musicians and provided an environment where they could play together. She also invited middle schoolers to attend a day of high school marching band camp to introduce them the program. Both the middle school and high school program participants volunteered to perform for the residents of a local senior living facility and discuss music with residents afterward. Zimmerman is also a member of the St. Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band and the Governor Livingston Highlander Pipe Band where she plays the bagpipes. She also plays the tenor saxophone in the Governor Livingston High School Highlander Marching Band, wind ensemble, concert band, and jazz band.
Jill and Allie Zimmerman’s sister, Katie, was a 2018 JLS scholarship recipient.
The Junior League of Summit is a nonprofit, charitable, and educational organization of women who are committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more information about the Junior League of Summit, including regarding membership, visit jlsummit.org or call 908-273-7349.