Brown, Babette & Raymond Scholarship
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The Babette and Raymond Brown Endowed Scholarship was created by Ramapo College employee Babs Varano in memory of her parents. The purpose of the Brown Scholarship is to recognize and foster Ramapo College students who “demonstrate an international perspective.” Students majoring in International Business or International Studies are eligible.
- For students majoring in International Business or International Studies
- Applicants must be in good academic standing
- Selected by a committee of faculty and the conveners of the two majors
- Applicants must submit an essay describing their international perspective and career goals
Zurine Cadena Jimenez
Zurine Cadena Jimenez, of Mount Arlington, N.J. is an International Studies major with a minor in Human Rights and Genocide Studies. She has a 3.96 GPA and is a member of Sigma Iota Rho. Zurine plans to enroll in a Master’s program in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University. Upon completion, she aspires to obtain a position at UNICEF to work with regional and country offices that are engaged in advancing the early childhood education sector in developing countries.
In the summer of 2018, Zurine completed an internship with the director’s office of the Office of Innovation at UNICEF. Through this experience she was able to take part in quarterly progress meetings pertaining to scaling of regional as well as country infrastructure projects such as healthcare and water access through the use of various technologies. She also represented the School of Humanities and Global Studies at COPLAC’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference.
Her life goal is to compose a peace education curriculum, emphasizing tolerance and equality that she hopes will be utilized in the process of intra/interstate conflict resolution. She also hopes to extend her research on the Colombian civil conflict and 2016 peace accord as well as partake in campaigns working towards the elimination of FGM and child marriage.
Additionally, Zurine has an Associate degree in both Studio Art and International Studies. She is currently a preschool teacher for Kindercare Learning Centers. In her free time, she engages in working on art pieces and in writing poetry. Her poems have been published in the literary magazines Driftwood and the Promethean. She has also been featured as Reward Publishing’s Poet of the Month.
Krystina Jeron is a senior double majoring in Political Science and International Studies. Originally from Pompton Lakes, N.J., Krystina recently moved to Boonton N.J.
After graduation, she is interested in volunteering and working abroad, perhaps in the Peace Corps, and then she’d like to attend graduate school for Public Health.
“I am excited for what the future holds,” says Krystina. “I would like to thank my professors who have mentored and inspired me. I feel limitless.”
Natalie Hines is a junior International Studies major, with a concentration in Latin American Studies. She has a minor in Criminology. This semester she is studying abroad in Costa Rica to learn more about Latin American culture and history. “I am learning to speak Spanish and Portuguese, and in exchange, I am helping local Costa Rican students to learn and practice speaking English,” says Natalie.
She has been involved in the environmental club 1Step on campus, which works to make the college more sustainable and eco-friendly.
After completing her undergraduate degree, Natalie hopes to start working on her master’s degree in either criminal investigation or international relations. “My dream is to use my college education to secure a job working as a diplomat to further advancements in the Latin American community,” she adds.
Natalie is a member of the New Jersey Army National Guard. She is proud to serve her country and grateful for the assistance it provides in financing her college education.
She is from West Orange, NJ and has a GPA of 3.5.
Cristhian Vera of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., carries a double major in economics and international business. He also carries an international studies minor. Cristhian is a member of the International Honor Society for Economics: Omicron Delta Epsilon. Cristhian has a 3.73 grade point average.
Off campus, Cristhian has been active in the Ecuadorian and Colombian communities as a member of a civic committee and he teaches ESL to immigrants. He completed an internship at the United Nations where he worked in the second commission dealing with economic and financial issues.
Cristhian plans to pursue a doctorate degree in economics. He is particularly interested in economic development. His goal is to design effective public policies for the best use of resources for education, the eradication of poverty and other global issues.
David Resnick of Ocean, N.J., is an international studies major. He carries two minors, anthropology and human rights and genocide studies. David has a 3.05 grade point average. He was inducted into Alpha Phi Omega, the National Community Service Fraternity.
At Ramapo, David is a member of the Global Roadrunner and the Ramapo First Responders Clubs and Leaders in Service.
David’s career goals include joining the Peace Corps, becoming an officer in the U.S. military and working for a U.S. government international organization.
This scholarship will help me achieve my goals of helping people around the world.
John Sapida of Maywood, NJ carries two majors, International Studies and Political Science. He was inducted into the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity and serves as the fraternity’s new interest member educator. John serves as president of Sigma Iota Rho Honors Society for International Studies and treasurer and secretary of Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Society for Political Science. He also is president of the Human Rights Society. He works on campus as a resident assistant of Laurel Hall and a student assistant in the Cahill Career Development Center. He enjoys serving as a student ambassador for the School of Humanities and Global Studies. John also enjoys performing in community theater. John plans to enroll in a graduate program for Human Rights or International Relations/International Law. He has a 3.97 grade point average.
Valeriya Kamenova, an international student from Bulgaria, is majoring in International Studies with a minor in International Business. Her interest in the international arena was fueled by her grandfather’s remembrances of WWII and her parents’ recollections of the fall of the Communist regime in Bulgaria. Valeriya has made a commitment to promote human rights. She has devoted her time to several agencies in Bulgaria, including the Youth Red Cross, that are dedicated to helping children. “I believe that the proper combination of knowledge and action is an essential step of building human rights awareness on national, regional and international levels.” Valeriya, who has a 3.79 grade point average, plans to obtain a doctorate degree and promote international human rights in crisis areas on a global scale.
Delina Agnosteva, of Bulgaria, is majoring in Economics and International Business. She’s completed internships at Pearson Education, Alternative Assets Investment Management and The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria. In addition, she serves as treasurer of the Math and Finance clubs, secretary of the International Business Club and handes public relations for the Model United Nations Club. She also competed in the NewYork Mercantile Exchange Open Outcry and served on the Anisfield School of Business Student Advisory Board. Delina, who is enrolled in the College Honors Program, has a 3.97 grade point average. At Ramapo, she says, “I found a path that will utilize my inquisitive nature and will satiate my curiosity and drive for knowledge.” She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics.
Stoyan Stoyanov of Bulgaria, an International Business major, has a strong interest in emerging markets, an interest confirmed by his participation in the Model U.N. conference in New York City and Washington, DC. He takes pride in being the first international student elected a senator to represent the Anisfield School of Business (ASB) in the Student Government Association. In addition, he serves on ASB’s Student Advisory Council and is president of the International Business Club. Stoyan, who has a 3.95 grade point average, says, “I aim for a career in the Foreign Economic Policy Directorate at the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy and Energy. I believe if I have a direct impact on trade policy, I will be able to attract foreign businesses with a special emphasis on social responsibility.”
Veselina Stoyanova. “I became extremely motivated in understanding the dynamics of the business environment.” Veselina is a senior at Ramapo majoring in international business. Her minor is French, and she has earned a 3.97 grade point average. Veselina has spent her summers working at the Ministry of Economy and Energy, Raiffeisen Bank, the Bulgarian United Bank, and with a grain distributor, all in Bulgaria. At Ramapo, Veselina is a member of the Model United Nations Club and the International Business Club, where she serves as president. She plans to continue her education in international business and marketing.
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