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Ann and Karl Steinberger were the parents of Dr. Eva M. Ogens, a professor in Ramapo College’s Teacher Education program.  They were both from different parts of Germany, where their ancestors had resided for centuries.  When the Nazis came to power, both were forced to flee.  Ann was only 18, and Karl escaped Germany when he was 21, knowing he would never see his parents again.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly fought the Nazis throughout Europe and Northern Africa.  Ann and Karl actually had met in New York prior to his service and Ann patiently waited for Karl to come home.  They married in 1947 and spent 52 years together.  Both of them were very proud of their daughters – the first college graduates in their families.  Although Karl and Ann did not have the same opportunities, they recognized the importance of education.  They exemplified the values of integrity, devotion to family, and a strong work ethic.

Karl passed away in 1999 and Ann passed away in 2013, at which time Professor Ogens’ colleagues made contributions to create a memorial award in her name to a Ramapo student.  Professor Ogens and her sister, Susan Wallenstein, have continued the award which benefits a student pursuing teacher certification at Ramapo.

  • Candidate must be in junior year or a post baccalaureate student in the Teacher Certification Program
  • Candidate must be expecting to participate in Clinical Practice
  • 3.5 GPA
  • Selected by a faculty committee from the Teacher Education Program

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2020 Recipient

Kimberly Evans

“I hope to get a job as a high school history teacher and eventually go to graduate school to earn my Master’s degree in history,” says Kimberly Evans, a History major in the Teacher Certification Program as well as the College Honors Program. She has a 3.96 GPA.
At Ramapo, Kimberly serves as the secretary for the Future Teachers at Ramapo Club junior year in addition to becoming a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honors Society, and Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. In the spring of 2018, she worked in conjunction with the EOF Program as a Student Supplemental Instructor. She also previously worked at the Jane Addams Papers Project as a transcription assistant.

Currently, Kimberly is a student teacher in a high school history classroom at Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, where she would love to become more involved by volunteering to help run a club. Some of her proudest accomplishments include giving a college lecture to Dr. Mustafa’s World Civilizations class and presenting her research at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in November 2018.
Kimberly is from Sayreville, N.J

2019 Recipient

Nicole Chagachbanian

Nicole Chagachbanian of Oradell, N.J. is a psychology major with a Teacher Education Certification. She has a 3.93 GPA and has made the Dean’s list each semester while at Ramapo. She is co-president of Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society, and a member of Psi Chi, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Golden Key International Honor Society.

On campus, Nicole is the Captain of the Ramapo College Dance Team, and a member of various clubs. She was also chosen to be a mentee in the prestigious Foundation Scholars Mentorship Program by the Board of Governors.

Nicole has been involved in the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference as an ambassador and staff member. She regularly volunteers at Valley Hospital and the Adler Aphasia Center, tutors, and substitute teaches. Nicole plans on attending graduate school to pursue pediatric speech language pathology.

2018 Recipient

Michaella Bermudez

Michaella Bermudez of Westwood, N.J. is a Spanish Language Studies major, and is also completing a teaching certificate in Elementary Education. She has a 3.95 GPA. Michaella has made the Dean’s list each semester while at Ramapo.

At Ramapo, Michaella is part of the Student Ambassador program, where she represents the Spanish Language major. She is involved in the Spanish Honor Society (where she serves as President), and the Spanish club. In 2017, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Santamaria Laorden on her upcoming book.

Michaella is also involved in the New Jersey Special Olympics and works as a manager and hostess at PJ Finnegan’s, a local Irish pub in Westwood. Michaella is one of six children and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. After graduation she hopes to teach in an urban area/under-served community.

2017 Recipient

Emily Wisneski

Emily Wisneski of Denville, NJ is a History Major in the Teacher Education Program. She has a 3.95 GPA. She has made the Dean’s list each semester and was recently inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Alpha Theta, and Chi Alpha Sigma honor societies.

At Ramapo, Emily is the captain of the Ramapo College Field Hockey team and also involved in Alpha Phi Omega, the community service fraternity, and the Future Teachers at Ramapo club. Through these activities, Emily has developed a true passion for helping others and giving back to the community, which makes teaching a fitting career choice.

After graduation, Emily plans to become a middle school or high school Social Studies teacher. She would like to remain involved in field hockey and hopefully work as a coach.


2016 Recipient

Rebeca Gordy

Rebeca Gordy of Ramsey, NJ is obtaining her Teaching Certification.  She has a 4.0 GPA.  Rebeca was accepted into Kappa Delta Pi, the International Society of Education.

Off campus, she volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern NJ.

2015 Recipient

Mauro Pereira-Mendez

Mauro Pereira-Mendez of Kearny, NJ is a Biology major. He knew he wanted to attend college while growing up in Uruguay. His plan became a reality when he moved to the United States. “The sacrifice my parents make every day is one of the main forces that drive me to succeed,” he said. He is an E-board member of the College Programming Board and was inducted in the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society. He is also a discussion facilitator for EOF. Mauro says he relies on financial aid and scholarships to pay for his education and to graduate as debt free as possible. He has a 3.11 grade point average.

2014 Recipient

Brandon Dolce

Brandon Dolce is in his first year at Ramapo College and is majoring in Environmental Science. He is pursuing teacher certification in Earth Science. Brandon has earned a 3.56 grade point average. He is from West Caldwell, NJ.

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