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OSS Related Scholarships

The 2021-2022 OSS Related Scholarships Application Windows will open in April.
All applications will be due by Wednesday, May 19th. Amounts will be determined this summer.

*If extensions are necessary, please contact Elizabeth Brand at the Ramapo College Foundation Office: scholars@ramapo.edu*

TO APPLY: Go to https://www.ramapo.edu/scholarships/ or click the links below. Read about the eligibility requirements and essay topics. Make sure to work on your essay each week, and fill out each application separately!

Cara Mychelle Hirschman Memorial Scholarships

IMPORTANT: Wednesday, May 19th deadline is FIRM

For More Information or To Apply: http://www.ramapo.edu/scholarships/single/cara-mychelle-hirschman-memorial-scholarship/

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student with a documented learning disability
  • Any major
  • Have a minimum 2.9 cumulative GPA or top 2/5 rank in high school class
  • NOT a member of Greek social fraternity or sorority (but APO service fraternity and Honor Societies are allowed)
  • First consideration will be given to prior recipients and students from South Brunswick High School

Essay Topic:

New Applicants: Please read the description of Cara Hirschman provided online. Then write an essay describing your disability, how it has shaped your life and helped you to grow, as well as what you think Cara might have had in common with you. Please proofread your essay; it is recommended that you ask an OSS advisor or other resource to also proofread your essay before you submit it.

Previous Recipients: Please review the description of Cara Hirschman, and write an essay describing your latest activities and how receiving the scholarship affected your life this past year as you honored Cara’s memory. Also include a description of your disability, how it has shaped your life and helped you to grow. Please proofread your essay; it is recommended that you ask an OSS advisor or other resource to also proofread your essay before you submit it.

Warren Family Scholarship

DUE: Wednesday, May 19th

For More Information or To Apply: http://www.ramapo.edu/scholarships/single/andrea-jeffrey-warren-family-scholarship/

Inclusion Criteria:

  • any documented disability, any undergraduate major
  • minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • first consideration given to students with financial need

Essay Topic:

Describe specific obstacles you have faced in your life, including your disability, and how they have helped you to grow; kindly include examples. What have those experiences taught you about yourself and others?
Previous recipients: Also include in your essay what it has meant for you to have received this scholarship. Please proofread your essay; it is recommended that you ask an OSS advisor or other resource to also proofread your essay before you submit it.

NDK Perseverance Scholarship

DUE: Wednesday, May 19th

For More Information or To Apply: http://www.ramapo.edu/scholarships/single/ndk-perseverance-scholarship-endowment/ 

Inclusion Criteria:

  • any documented disability which affects learning, any undergraduate major
  • student who demonstrates “strength of character” (letter of support from a community leader is also required, preferably not your OSS counselor)
  • good academic standing

Essay Topic:

Describe the change you have seen in yourself over the past year. What character traits, including your disability, have helped you to persevere and grow? Please proofread your essay; it is recommended that you ask an OSS advisor or other resource to also proofread your essay before you submit it.

Robert B. Farneski Sr. Memorial Scholarship

DUE: Wednesday, May 19th

For More Information or To Apply: https://www.ramapo.edu/scholarships/single/6761/

Inclusion Criteria:

  • candidate must have a documented disability
  • seeking an undergraduate degree
  • good academic standing

Essay Topic:

Read the description of Robert B. Farneski Sr. provided online and write why you are deserving of the scholarship. Please proofread your essay; it is recommended that you ask an OSS advisor or other resource to also proofread your essay before you submit it.

Founding President George T. Potter & Laurie Potter, Ph.D. Scholarship

DUE: Wednesday, May 19th

For More Information or To Apply: http://www.ramapo.edu/scholarships/single/founding-president-george-t-potter-laurie-potter-ph-d-scholarship/

Inclusion Criteria:

  • any documented disability, any major
  • minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • minimum of 64 undergraduate credits
  • plan to attend graduate school, OR  currently enrolled in a Master’s program at RCNJ

Essay Topic:

Describe what plans you have for graduate school, and any graduate programs to which you may have applied. Include the school or workplace accommodations you’ll be requesting, if any, and your career plans. Please proofread your essay; it is recommended that you ask an OSS advisor or other resource to also proofread your essay before you submit it.

Joseph A. Ippolito Endowed Scholarship

DUE: Wednesday, May 19th

For More Information or To Apply: https://www.ramapo.edu/scholarships/single/ippolito-joseph-a-endowed-scholarship/

Inclusion Criteria:

  • preference given to students with hearing, vision, neurological, neuromuscular or orthopedic disabilities
  • minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, minimum of 64 credits and plan to attend graduate school, OR currently enrolled in a Master’s program at RCNJ

Essay Topic:

Describe what plans you have for graduate school, and any graduate programs to which you may have applied. Include the school or workplace accommodations you’ll be requesting, if any, and your career plans. Please proofread your essay; it is recommended that you ask an OSS advisor or other resource to also proofread your essay before you submit it.

There are many other non-OSS related scholarships for which you may apply which are not yet open, with later deadlines. Your Spring 2021 and/or Summer 2021 cumulative GPAs will be used, and recipients will be notified in the Fall. Since financial need is considered with some of these, filing of a FAFSA is highly recommended, though not required. Information for other Fall, non-OSS scholarships can also be found at https://www.ramapo.edu/scholarships/ and those deadlines are usually in September or later.

Do you have OSS related questions about these scholarships? Please e-mail us at ossscholars@ramapo.edu