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Barnett, Barbara Memorial Scholarship

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The Barbara Barnett Memorial Scholarship was established by Dr. Beth Barnett, who served as Provost of Ramapo College, in memory of her sister.  It is awarded to a Literature major with a GPA of 3.5 or greater.

This recipient is selected by the Dean of the School of Humanities and Global Studies in consultation with the Literature faculty convening group.

  • Literature Major
  • GPA of 3.5
  • Selected by Dean of School of Humanities and Global Studies in consultation with Literature Faculty convening group

2022 Recipient

Jared Berberabe

Jared Berberabe is a Literature Major with a Creative Writing concentration and a minor in Spanish. He has a 3.9 GPA and has made the Dean’s List several times. The Ringoes, N.J. resident is also a member of the Sigma Tau Delta Literature Honors Society.

Jared is the President of Literature Club and a Writing Consultant at the Center for Reading and Writing. He has been published in Ramapo’s Trillium Literary Magazine twice and has also been published in 34thParallel Magazine and AbstractMagazineTV. 

During the summer, Jared interned at MJH Life Sciences  in the editorial department and publishing articles for Drug Topics and dvm360. He intends to continue writing short stories and poems, as well as moving onto novel-length works for future publication. 



2021 Recipient

Jackie Pascale

Jackie Pascale of Parsippany, N.J. is a Literature major with a Creative Writing concentration getting her Secondary Education Teacher Certification. She proudly maintains a 3.88 GPA.

She plans on becoming a high school English teacher and short story writer post-graduation. Jackie is most proud of winning Best Prose Piece in the 2019 edition of Trillium, Ramapo’s literary magazine, and the acceptance of her poster presentation on international poetry for Ramapo’s Scholar’s Day 2020.

At Ramapo, Jackie is currently the President of Sigma Tau Delta, the Literature Honor Society, and the New Member Educator of Alpha Phi Omega, the on-campus community service fraternity. Additionally, Jackie has worked as a Resident Assistant whereby she is a member of Rho Alpha Sigma, the Resident Assistant Honor Society.

Off-campus, Jackie is the co-founder and head counselor of Silver Star Acting Camp, a summer day camp for kids and young adults with disabilities; she has been running it annually since 2014. Jackie also has worked as a barista/salesperson at Heavenly Temptations, a small business café and gift shop in Boonton, N.J., for the past five years.



2019 Recipient

Christine Zielinski

Christine Zielinski of East Brunswick, N.J. is a Literature major with a creative writing concentration. She has a 3.5 GPA.

She has published works in Trillium, Ramapo’s literature publication, worked as a Creative Writing Student Aide, and as the Treasurer for Literature Club. Christine has also worked as a teacher of ILA studies at a tutoring center for young children, and as peer editor for classmates and friends.

Christine is writing a manuscript for a book series, a project she has been working on for over six years. She hope to finish by graduation and submit for publication. “One day, I hope to start a literary empire including books for children (such as picture books), young adult novels, and adult series. I’d love to see my work on the big screen as a successful movie series.”



2018 Recipient

Alexa Zavlek

“My father attended Ramapo in the seventies, and is the inspiration for my love of literature,”  says Alexa Zavlek from Bloomingdale, N.J.  She is proud of her academic achievements and the relationships she has developed with her peers and professors.  Alexa plans to continue her education, and earn a master’s degree in Literature.

She is a member of the Literature Honor Society on campus, Sigma Tau Delta, and has participated in bake sales for charity and in the Banned Books Week.

Alexa has also been involved in CASA, a non-profit advocacy organization for children, for almost a decade.

She has a 3.9 GPA.



2017 Recipient

Hayley van Hoek

During her time at Ramapo, Hayley van Hoek of Paramus, NJ has become an active member of campus.  She is currently Vice President of Ramapo Pride, and in March of 2017 she will be attending the Sigma Tau Delta Literature Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. She is also a member of the Literature Honors Society and a consultant in the Center for Reading and Writing.

During the summer of 2016, Hayley worked as an intern at Hudson Pride Connections Center, an LGBTQ organization located in Jersey City, New Jersey.

The Literature major, with a concentration in creative writing, has a 3.79 GPA and will graduate in May 2017.



2016 Recipient

Misha Choudhry

Misha Choudhry of Montville, NJ is a Literature major with minors in Sociology and Spanish Language Studies. She is in the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society.

At Ramapo, Misha has been actively involved with several organizations, including the Diversity Action Committee Student Club, You’re Not Alone Anti-Bullying Club, and Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.  She is also a consultant at the Center for Reading and Writing.


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