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Berntsen, Audrey Crook Scholarship

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At his mother’s death, Ramapo College alumnus David Berntsen ’85 created this endowed scholarship in her memory.  Since Audrey Crook Berntsen was a teacher, the scholarship benefits outstanding Ramapo students enrolled in the Teacher Education Program. To honor David’s success in business, outstanding students enrolled in any business major are also eligible for the Audrey Crook Berntsen Scholarship.

  • For outstanding Ramapo students enrolled in the Teacher Education Program/or any Business major
  • GPA of 3.5+
  • Recipient chosen by the Office of the Provost

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2020 Recipient

Allie Cheff

History major Allie Cheff is passionate about education and plans to begin her teaching career as a middle or high school History teacher.  Her work at a childcare center and as a tutor for elementary and middle school students is earning her valuable experience.

“I’m proud of my academic standing and that I’ve made Dean’s List every semester,” says Allie, who holds a 3.9 GPA. She is a member of the College Honors Program and the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

She is from Jefferson Township, N.J.

2019 Recipient

Kimberly Evans

Kimberly Evans of Sayreville, N.J. is a junior history major in the teacher certification program as well as the College Honors Program. She has a 3.97 GPA.

At Ramapo, Kimberly has been active in several organizations, including serving as the secretary for the Future Teachers at Ramapo club and being a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society. She currently works on campus as a transcription assistant for the Jane Addams Papers Project.

During high school, Kimberly was the athletic trainer’s assistant for the football team and the secretary for the theatre society’s business crew. Some of her proudest accomplishments include playing at Carnegie Hall with her middle school concert band and presenting her work at the National Collegiate Honors Council’s 2018 national conference in Boston.

“I hope to become a high school history teacher and eventually go to graduate school to earn my Master’s degree.”

2018 Recipient

Katelyn Wolak

Katelyn Wolak of South Plainfield, N.J. is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance. She has a 3.8 GPA.

At Ramapo, Katelyn has been active in several organizations, including College Advocates Supporting Higher Education and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She also works as a consultant at the Center for Reading and Writing.

Off-campus Katelyn has volunteered at Camp Friendship, a Korean culture camp for adopted children, as well as First Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, a school for special needs children. “My volunteer work has given me the most valuable and rewarding hands-on learning experience, and will help me as I pursue a career in financial medical care.”

2017 Recipient

Achyut Gautam

Achyut Gautam of Kathmandu, Nepal is a sophomore pursuing a major in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Mathematics and Economics. He is also enrolled in the college Honors Program and has a GPA of 3.91.

He’s involved in multiple clubs and organizations on campus, including the Student Government Association (SGA), the International Student Organization (ISO), the Finance Club and the Civic and Community Engagement Center.

“As a student of Ramapo, I am confident that I will continue to grow more confident as a leader, accomplish my academic goals, and learn different invaluable life skills,” said Achyut.  In addition to his academic pursuits, he started working on a social venture to serve the communities of Nepal and plans to complete it by the end of 2017.

2016 Recipient

Kevin (Han Seul) Yoo

Kevin (Han Seul) Yoo of Mahwah, NJ is a Business major with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in International Business. He has a 3.93 GPA. Kevin was inducted into and Beta Gamma Sigma and Order of Omega.

At Ramapo, Kevin has held multiple leadership positions. He is a second year Peer Facilitator, VP of membership for Alpha Kappa Psi (Professional Business Fraternity), and VP of External Affairs for the Professional Fraternity Council.

He works as a Peer Advisor in the Center for Student Success, and interns at The DSM Group, a full-service marketing agency.

Kevin is passionate about his role as an orientation leader.  “I am promoting the school so when it comes to deciding where to attend, Ramapo is at the top of the list. Working 6am to 6pm over the summer as an orientation leader or giving back to back hour long tours on the weekends never felt like work because I was sharing information about a “product” that I was passionate about.”

2015 Recipient

Lauren Schmidt

Lauren Schmidt of Emerson, N.J. is a biology major and a member of the teacher certification program. She has a 3.96 grade point average. Lauren was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta First Year Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, and Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society.

At Ramapo, Lauren has been active in several organizations and activities, including Ramapo College Honors Program, the Ramapo Chorale and the Music Club.

She also has been involved in off campus organizations, including working at the Meadowlands Environment Center.


2014 Recipient

Jason Guzman

Jason Guzman of Teaneck, N.J. is a business administration major with a concentration in marketing. He has a 3.89 grade point average and has recently been extended offers to join both the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.

At Ramapo, Jason has been involved in various Ramapo organizations including the student business organization Enactus and RCTV.

Jason has also been involved in off-campus activities and organizations, such as serving as a volunteer with the Church of St. Anastasia and working on the organizing committee of the Teaneck International Film Festival.

2013 Recipient

Emily Moore

Emily Moore of Hamilton, NJ is an American Studies major who plans to pursue certification in Secondary Education and Social Studies. She is president of the American Studies Club, fundraising chair for Relay for Life, a member of the RASA Advisory Board, a peer facilitator, an American Studies ambassador and a global roadrunner. Emily is a member of Phi Alpha Theta and presented research she conducted on the Dust Bowl at the organization’s national conference in New Mexico. Emily was part of the first student group representing Ramapo College to do so. She serves as leadership secretary of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, president of Phi Beta Delta International Scholars Honor Society and a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society for Education, among others. Emily participated in a national student exchange to Hilo, HI, has backpacked through Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Western Europe and completed an Alternative Spring Break program to the Dominican Republic. She works on campus as a student aide in the Office of Admissions and completed an internship in Assemblyman Dan Benson’s office. Emily has a 3.90 grade point average.

This scholarship will provide support and help me take advantage of all the opportunities that Ramapo has to offer, both here and after graduation.

2012 Recipient

Amanda Lentino

Amanda Lentino is a Literature major in her senior year. Amanda is pursuing a minor in Psychology, and teacher education certification in English. “Amanda’s behind-the-scenes efforts to help our students are unparalleled,” says a member of the Literature faculty. She also compiled a “massive and impressive” number of documents to help with a faculty member’s research, and presented a paper at a Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges conference in the fall.

2011 Recipient

Caitlin Vogel

“Caitlin Vogel is endlessly curious, hardworking, and a good representative for the literature program, both in the Center for Reading and Writing, and while presenting at conferences,” says a Literature faculty member. She is a senior majoring in Literature with a Psychology minor. Caitlin is enrolled in the Ramapo College Honors Program. She is active in Sigma Tau Delta, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key International Honor Society. Caitlin was inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She is a consultant for the College’s Center for Reading and Writing. “I am very grateful for receiving a scholarship because it will help alleviate student loan debt and allow me to pursue a graduate degree in English,” says Caitlin. She maintains a 3.95 grade point average and is from Wantage, NJ.

This scholarship helps highlight my achievements and gives me the confidence in my ability to succeed in college and after my education.

2010 Recipient

Michael Chananie

“I am pursuing a Business Management major with a minor in Accounting,” says Michael Chananie, a senior. “I work at Holy Name Medical Center in its marketing department, following an internship I had a few summers back.” Michael is a volunteer at the Jewish Community Center of Paramus and for the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. On campus Michael holds leadership positions with Hillel, the Honors Program, Donate Life Ramapo, and plays on the intramural volleyball team. With a 3.89 grade point average, he is member of a number of honor societies. “I plan to continue pursuing management in the health care industry,” he says, “by attending graduate school in the fall.”

2009 Recipient

Brandon Pecoraro

The 2009-2010 recipient of the President’s Cabinet Scholarship was Brandon Pecoraro. Brandon is currently a senior majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. After graduating from high school, Brandon’s band signed with a record label, performed around the country and successfully released an album nationwide. “From age 16 I was part of management in my own national business which became selfsustaining,” he says. “Once I had attained these achievements, I kept my promise to myself to pursue higher education.” Brandon has earned a 3.94 grade point average. He is from New Milford, NJ.

A cornerstone in my future is a complete education.This incredible contribution to my education is helping me to attain one of my life goals and preparing me for my future after college.

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