The Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame (CEC) is proud to award scholarships to two outstanding Burlingame High School (BHS) seniors, Jeffery Chen and Verona Teo, who have a history of volunteering their time and efforts to environmental causes. Both students have exceptional academic records, with weighted GPAs of over 4.0 in programs rich in Advanced Placement and honors courses.

Jeffery, a Burlingame resident, first came to CEC’s attention when he made a short film on climate change in eighth grade. He has collaborated with CEC ever since. As a sophomore he started the Burlingame Environmental Club (BEC) and led the group as president for three years. BEC has partnered with CEC on the annual Student Environmental Film Festival for three years and helped attract entries from more than 70 students in grades 4 through 12.

An accomplished filmmaker himself, Jeffery took first place in a field of 11,000 international entries in the Breakthrough Junior Challenge science competition with a film on neutrino astronomy. He will attend Princeton University, where he plans to major in Geosciences and Environmental Engineering.

Verona, a Foster City resident, has played piano, viola, and percussion in the BHS Band, a Naval Sea Cadet Band and a youth orchestra. She has been an active volunteer with the Committee for Green Foothills, the Sierra Club’s Environmental Stewardship program and Save Our Shoreline’s Youth Committee.

In addition, she has written letters, circulated petitions and spoken at City Council meetings to support a noncommercial open park on the Burlingame bayfront and new Reach Codes that would limit natural gas in new buildings. Verona will enroll at the University of California at Berkeley, where she intends to study environmental issues through the lens of economics and public policy.

This is the fifth year CEC has offered its annual scholarship program with support from Trustee Sterling Franklin of the Morris S. Smith Foundation. This year the foundation contributed $5,000 to the program. Learn more.