Our 2020 Scholarship Program featured five amazing nominees. After extensive discussion, the Doctors of Brookside Optometric Group have selected Elyse Glover as our 2020 Scholarship Recipient.
To each of our nominees, thank you for participating this year. It has been an honor to read about each of your lives, volunteer efforts, academic achievements, goals for the future, and most of all your outstanding character. We wish each of you the best of luck as you graduate and pursue your education and careers!
Ben Holt High School
Juniper Neff's Youth Leader
I have known Juniper since she was 5 years old and joined the GS Troop that I lead. She has grown tremendously in her abilities throughout that time.
Her skills in communication and group leadershership have allowed her to stand out among her peers and many of the leadership of our organization. She has completed her Bronze, Silver and Gold awards (each with its own set of requirements, sustainability and amount of hours worked for completion). Juniper is a valuable asset and would enrich any organization she is a part of.
An incredibly talented, articulate and compassion young person. I met Juniper while attending an international conference center in Mexico. She spoke with conviction and understanding on topics and endeavors well beyond the scope that one would expect from a high school student. In our time together she welcomed complete strangers into her welcoming circle of kindness and understanding. She was an outstanding example of leadership, positivity and betterment for the world. I have been privileged to remain in contact with this young woman via social media. It is evident that she is a leader of today and of tomorrow. I am pleased to say, "I knew her when..."
Juniper Neff is an inspiration to girls and leaders of the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California. She is an excellent public speaker, and a leader. We listened as she spoke about overcoming challenges and her growth in scouting, which helped change the paths of some of our girls for the better.
It has been a joy watching Juniper grow up. She is such a bright caring child. I am always amazed at the breadth of knowledge she has and her interest in the world around her.
When she was very small people used to ask us if she talked. We used to reply "Yes, just not to you". This didn't last long. soon the comments changed to how talking to her was like talking to a little adult. Juniper was the 3 year old that had "on the other hand" as part of her vocabulary.
This has always been part of her character: the desire to be understood and to understand those around her. She demonstrates this in her learning, her interaction with others, and in everything she does.
Even if I wasn't her father I would be proud to know her.
Juniper is a life long learner. She was the youngest team member on the girl led STEM Center+Maker Space Task force to design, construct and implement the only Girl focused technology center in the region. She was the National Delegate to the Girl Scout Triennial session representing and advocating for 22,000 Girl Scouts in 18 counties. As a Gold Award Girl Scout Juniper created a literacy program and built a self service library at an under served school. She is an Internationally ranked Pin Ball Player and needle point aficionado who plans to major in Math at Arizona State University as part of the Next Generation Service Service Corp and hopes to be a Cross Sectional Leader of tomorrow.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Juniper since 2016, at that time she was a blossoming leader in the Girl Scout community. Over the past 3.5 years she has grown into an amazing young woman who exemplifies a girl of courage, confidence, and character who is making the world a better place. Over the time I have known her she sat on the Girl committee who planned, designed, and helped implement the first Girl Scouts STEM Center + Makerspace, she has spoken at annual meetings, met with key stakeholders to represent Girl Scouts, has completed her Gold Award (the highest honor a Girl Scout can get), and demonstrated to girls younger, older, and her own age what perseverance and determination can do.
Juniper has already made a huge impact on her communities and will continue to do so as she evolves into the leader she is becoming. I cannot wait to see the mark she leaves on this world!
Watching Juniper and her accomplishments have been an inspiration to girls everywhere, including my 10 year old daughter.
I've know Juniper for a few years now and she is by far the most cultured, articulate, bright young woman I know. I've had the pleasure of having multiple conversations that ranged from music interests, most of which I had never heard of, movies, books, Girl Scout projects, to college experiences she was looking forward to. She's interesting and engaging and has a deep passion to learn and soak up as much knowledge as she can.
I can't say that I know her extremely well, but I do know she is a good student, a wonderful Gold Award Girl Scout and she is an all round joy to be around.
I was lucky enough to listen to Juniper’s speech at our Girl Scout annual meeting. She demonstrated how thoughtful, funny, and dedicated she is about all that she does. She has worked diligently for literacy, has represented our Girl Scout Council, and been an inclusive and excellent role model to other scouts.
Juniper is a great leader and example to the younger girls and they look up to her. My daughter is a much younger Girl Scout who has had the privilege of being a part of Juniper’s journey
I have known Juniper since she was three years old. I have seen her display her leadership skills while leading groups of young girls at Girl Scout events. I have heard her speak about a broad range of topics and am amazed at her breadth of knowledge. It has been my pleasure to watch Juniper grow into an amazing young woman.
I have known juniper Neff for about 5 years.
I’m friends with her Dad and Mom.
Having spoken with Juniper in several occasions I feel confident that our future is in capable hands. Juniper has developed many life skills beyond what someone her age would normally possess.
She is civic minded and has shown this by her work with the Girl Scouts.
In fact, if Juniper were to run for President today I would vote for her.
Even at 13-14 years old Juniper could hold a conversation with adults and not only offer an informed opinion on many topics she could and still can listen to others. Agree or disagree respectfully and engage people of all ages.
Juniper is a dynamic young woman that would truly benefit from a scholarship.
Juniper is an amazing young woman with a bright future. I've known her for about 5 years now, through our local pinball league of all things. Over this time period I have had the privilege of watching her come into her own with a wise flourish that is unmistakably 'Juniper'. Always engaging and intelligent, Juniper really knows how to light up a room with her conversation.
Juniper is an amazing leader and an inspiration to all younger girls who come in contact with her. I look forward to all the wonderful things she will accomplish in life.
By the time I met Juniper 2 years ago, she was already very confident, courageous and knew the direction she wanted her life to go. I observed her leadership skills, combined with her kindness towards others and her willingness and ability to jump in to help with anything at a moment’s notice, at her Girl Scout meetings, at camp and as she addressed a large audience of Girl Scouts, their parents and leaders, our local Girl Scout Council and our Board of Directors at our Annual Girl Scout Meeting. Poise and a sense of accomplishment doesn’t even begin to express how she commanded the attention of everyone in the room.
Juniper has learned the importance of serving her family, her Girl Scout troops and Service Unit, as well as her community at large. I have no doubt her leadership and service will make the world a better place in generations to come!
Juniper is an inspiration to younger Girl Scouts. We have gotten the pleasure of getting to know her this year from Girl Scouts. She is driven, a leader, kindhearted, smart, and ambitious young woman. We have been blessed to get know her and her family through scouts.
I’ve known Juniper for eight years. She is an intelligent, well-spoken individual who is driven to make the world a better place. Juniper seeks a deep understanding in all her endeavors. Additionally, she is accomplished and comfortable in a leadership role. Her achievements and hard work make her deserving of accolades. I look forward to watching her continued success.
Juniper is an outstanding role model for girls. She gives back to her community through numerous service projects, and volunteers her time to lead activities for younger Girl Scouts. She never throws her hands up when faced with a challenge, she digs in and works to find solutions. She inspires younger girls to keep working towards their goals with her positive and encouraging attitude.
Juniper is one of the most hardworking dedicated people I know, she’s never backed down from a challenge, especially if it’s something she cares about. She is both an active voice and person in the community, pushing me to participate in simple politics and such.
It’s an amazing honor to have someone like Juniper as my friend. She has such a beautiful,kind, and understanding heart. She is one of the most passionate people I have ever met when it comes to something she believes in. With her can do attitude and hardworking spirit, I know she will do great things!!
As someone who was new to the school, Juniper was one of the first people to not introduce herself, but someone who also made sure to make me adapt to our school culture. Considering I have participated in a multitude of clubs and involved with changing our school I can have Juniper to be thankful for.
Juniper was one of many underclassmen that I knew when I was in my Senior year. She’s an amazing person and I know she’ll do many wonderful things in the future. She was the costume designer for the school’s plays. She’s the kind of person to give people her full support. I am glad that I met her and wish her luck in her bright future.
I’d definitely say this is a girl focusing on. She does things for the community that majority of youth will look away from. We need people like that! She is someone who starts a journey for herself, becoming the leader and a great example of hard work and dedication!
Hi!! I’m one of Juniper’s friends, and I’ve worked quite a bit with her as president for Key Club. Last year, I encouraged her to run for Vice President because I knew that she would excel in the position, and she did not disappoint. I have always been able to count on her to get things done in a timely manner, and she is always more than willing to offer new ideas and suggestions about service events. Juniper has organized several service events and gotten them approved, particularly in-meeting service. She has also been able to smoothly run meetings when I am unable to attend, and is always eager to help. Her enthusiasm in service and leadership is outstanding- she doesn’t hesitate to encourage others to serve alongside her and participate. She has supported me and other officers quite a bit when things get tough. I have thoroughly enjoyed working on tasks and projects with her; she has helped raise Ben Holt Key Club to new heights, and is always cheerful and enthusiastic while doing so. In other words, Juniper is the perfect example of what a leader should be, and is quite the inspiration.
Juniper has always been an inspiration to all of her fellow Girl Scouts. It has been my pleasure and my honor to be able to work side-by-side with her and many of our events.
She's always positive, fun-loving, and willing to go the extra mile for anyone around her.
I can't wait to see what her future holds.
This scholarship is open to students currently enrolled as a senior in high school in San Joaquin County for the 2020 graduating year. Students may be enrolled in public or private schools, or be home-schooled. Nominations must be successfully uploaded to the entry page by midnight on March 29, 2020.
To be considered for the scholarship, all students must be nominated by a teacher, coach, guidance counselor, pastor, or youth leader (immediate family members and relatives are not eligible to submit nominations). Nominations will be posted on the contest website and receive community feedback during the period from March 30 - April 13, 2020.
One scholarship winner will be chosen by Brookside Optometric Group doctors based on their nomination and community feedback. The scholarship and funds will be presented to the winner in person in early May 2020—exact date to be determined by the winner.
Brookside Optometric Group doctors are committed to you and your eye health, and to the community we share. From college scholarship contests like this one to medical mission trips around the globe, we believe in giving back and making a difference.
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