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Nathan “Nate” Birmingham graduated from Ramapo College in 2015 with a degree in Literature. While a student, Nate worked in the George T. Potter Library, and after he graduated he became a full-time employee working as the Library’s facility manager.
“He loved writing,” says Nate’s father, Robert Birmingham. “He also loved literature, especially the work of Russian writers.”
“Nate was a gifted writer and an asset to the Library in so many ways,” says Elizabeth Siecke, Dean of the Potter Library.
After Nate’s untimely and sudden death in July of 2015, his parents held a memorial service in their hometown of Oak Ridge, N.J. In attendance were former teammates from Nate’s high school baseball and hockey teams, as well as family and friends. Proceeds from the event were used to create a permanently-endowed scholarship at Ramapo College in Nate’s name. The award will benefit student aides in the Potter Library, particularly those majoring in Literature.
- Student aides working in the library
- Students who have transferred from another institution, and international students are preferred
- Students majoring in Literature, or Communications Arts are preferred
- Candidates must be in good academic standing
This scholarship is not awarded through the application process.
“I wish to better the lives of people and to break societal barriers that are keeping people around the world from getting an accessible and practical education,” says Rojja Kharel.
An international student from Kathmandu, Nepal, Rojja is a sophomore majoring in International Studies and minoring in Entrepreneurship. She has a 3.8 GPA and has made the Dean’s List every semester.
She works as a student aide at the George T. Potter library on campus and is also a Resident Assistant at Bischoff Hall. Rojja is a senator-at-large and the social media coordinator of the International Student Organization.
Most of her life she has been working as a volunteer to help better the education system in her country, which can be seen from the internship and the community services that she has been a part of.
Prithivi Rana of Kathmandu, Nepal is a sophomore Engineering Physics major. He has a 3.94 GPA and has earned a spot on the Dean’s list. Upon graduation, Prithivi hopes to attend graduate school and work his way towards a PhD.
At Ramapo, Prithivi is the Vice President of the Physics Club and part of the International Student Organization and Computer and Technology Club. He has worked in Potter Library and as well as ITS, where he is known for his dependability and professionalism.
Justin Richard of Westwood, N.J. is an Accounting major. He has a 3.575 GPA, and is on the Dean’s List.
He is a student aide in the library on campus, and most recently became a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. He is also a member of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters of Bergen County’s Political Action Team.
“I’m a first-generation college student and I hope to not only complete my degree in Accounting, but to continue my education and earn a Master’s Degree and CPA.”
Prativa Parajuli is from Kathmandu, Nepal and completed her high school at St. Xaviers College, Maitighar, Nepal. Prativa plans to pursue a major in Computer Science and minor in Music at Ramapo.
During her high school years, Prativa was active member of the Literary Club and helped organize various literary fests. She also participated in several community service campaigns including volunteering at an orphanage and reconstructing a school damaged by an earthquake. She received a special ‘Global Public Award’ for her academic achievement.
She is currently working as a book shelver in the library at Ramapo and is a member of Hack Ramapo and the Chess Club. “My plan is to work at a big tech firm like Google or Microsoft and contribute to a progressive wave in the ever-expanding field of computer science.”
Erica Meline of Mount Laurel, N.J. is a Communication Arts major with a concentration in Global Communication Media. She has a 4.0 GPA.
Erica is a staff writer and copy editor for the Ramapo News and the Community Service Chair for Ramapo’s Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She works off campus babysitting and has volunteered and raised funds for her Relay for Life team.
“I’m still unsure about what I want to do after graduation, but I’m hoping that by doing internships and taking more courses at Ramapo, I’ll get a sense about what I want to do with my life. I hope that I will have a career in writing, though, as I have always been passionate about writing and the power words have on people.”
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