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Ramapo College Student Selected for State’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)August 1, 2018

Stephan Lally, right, with Geoffrey Stark, Deputy Attorney General, State of New Jersey, at swearing-in ceremony


Stephan Lally, Student Government President at Ramapo College of New Jersey, was sworn in as a member of the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) in a ceremony at the organization’s office in Trenton, N.J., on Thursday, July 25.
HESAA is the only New Jersey state agency with the sole mission of providing students and families with financial and informational resources for students to pursue their education beyond high school. The position carries a seat on the HESAA Board with voting power.

Lally, of Woodbridge, N.J., is a Political Science major entering his junior year at the College. In addition to serving as SGA President at the College, he is a member of the Student Emergency Relief Committee. He also attended the KNUST Ramapo Student Leader’s Trip to Ghana for two years and served this year as a student trip leader. Earlier this year, he was a recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Student Leadership Award for Second-Year Students.

“The students and families of New Jersey’s colleges and universities will be well-represented through Stephan’s service with HESAA,” said Ramapo College President Peter P. Mercer. “His appointment as Chairman is emblematic of the rich talent and incredible capacity of the several hundred thousand undergraduate students enrolled in institutions across our state.”

“It is an honor and privilege to be able to continue my service to the students of Ramapo College with my seat on the HESAA Board,” said Lally. “I am looking forward to working with the HESAA Student Advisory Committee and our Vice Chair Michael Scardina, as well as HESAA Executive Director David Socolow in making higher education in New Jersey more affordable and accessible for students across the state.”

HESAA programs and services include need-based and merit-based programs. Among them are New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant (TAG); part-time TAG for county college students; the Governor’s Urban Scholarship Program; the Governor’s Industry Vocations Scholarships and the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJ STARS and NJ STARS II).


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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