Recognizing students who make life better for others by volunteering

For more than 20 years, Nancy & Robert Eskow NCJW/Essex Volunteer Awards (Eskow Award) have recognized graduating high school seniors who demonstrate their commitment to making life better for others by volunteering, through either community service or advocacy. NCJW/Essex is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Eskow Award winners reflect and support NCJW/Essex’s mission of improving the lives of women, children and families by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. This is a non-sectarian award and we encourage all to apply.

Application Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2024

Letter to Schools

Application Instructions

Application Form

Sia Bansal
Livingston High School

Sia created LHS NOW, the National Organization for Women chapter at her school. She led product collections to help eliminate period poverty, held roundtables with other clubs including Black Student Union and the Gender and Sexuality Alliance to share experiences and combat discrimination, and organized a read-aloud of Princesses Wear Pants for hundreds of elementary school students. 

Colette Ezeanyim
West Side High School/Newark

Colette played an active role in her school’s Human Rights Club which conducts projects each year to help the homeless. She also donated sports equipment and school supplies to kids in Africa and launched a math tutoring program in her community.

Edie Koehlert
Montclair High School

Edie helped expand the Project Computer Science Girls club, an internationally competitive club, to all three Montclair middle schools. She developed STEM lessons, coached the younger girls on how to create and present computer science projects, and became a role model and leader for dozens of girls.

Ava Leone
Glen Ridge High School

Ava created an inspiring mural that is displayed at the entrance of one of the Glen Ridge schools to raise awareness about the importance of mental health. The words on the mural “Tie it to a balloon and …Let it go” and a QR code linked to websites about anxiety at the bottom of the mural are meant to create a safe space for all students.