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In the Spring of 1996, Ramapo College student Cara Mychelle Hirschman was ecstatic to learn that she had been named to the Dean’s List. The transcript for that semester hung proudly on her mom’s refrigerator and demonstrated a huge accomplishment for Cara, who had a learning disability. She spoke openly about the academic struggles she faced and the compensatory strategies she employed.

Though she was declined enrollment at other colleges, Ramapo recognized the potential in this caring, intelligent, dynamic and hard-working young woman. Cara worked closely with her counselor in the Office of Specialized Services, Ramona Kopacz, and succeeded in her studies while becoming an active member of the campus community. Cara was an officer in the Marketing Club and a tutor for the Office of Specialized Services. She volunteered for the Special Olympics and held a coop position at Trucolor Lab as a customer service representative and product advisor.

Tragically, only months after receiving her Dean’s List honors, Cara was killed in a car accident at age 21. The Eleanor B. Reiner Foundation, where Cara’s mother was a board member, provided annual scholarship gifts in Cara’s memory, and in 1997 made a substantial gift to permanently endow these awards.

Hirschman Scholarships are awarded to students of good academic standing who have a documented learning disability and, like Cara, are involved on campus and in the community.

 

Application deadline  was May 13, 2020

  • full-time student with a documented learning disability
  • any major
  • minimum 2.9 cumulative GPA (or rank of top 2/5 for incoming high school seniors)
  • NOT a member of Greek social fraternity or sorority (APO service fraternity and Greek Honor Societies are allowed.)
  • participant in community and/or campus activities or honor societies
  • 1st consideration is given to prior recipients and students from South Brunswick High School.
  • New Applicants Essay Topic: Please read the description of Cara Hirschman provided online. Then write an essay describing your disability, how it has shaped your life and helped you to grow, as well as what you think Cara might have had in common with you. Please proofread your essay; it is recommended that you ask your OSS advisor or other advisor to read your essay before you submit it. The essay should be sufficiently detailed, typed, double-spaced, and saved as a .pdf file for upload when you’re applying.
  • Previous Recipients Essay Topic: Please review the description of Cara Hirschman, and write an essay describing your latest activities and how receiving the scholarship affected your life this past year. Also include a description of your disability, how it has shaped your life and helped you to grow. Please proofread your essay; it is recommended that you ask your OSS advisor or other advisor to read your essay before you submit it. The essay should be sufficiently detailed, typed, double-spaced, and saved as a .pdf file for upload when you’re applying.

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2020 Recipients

Esther Marie Gonzales

Esther Marie Gonzales of Hillside, N.J. is a Communication Arts Major with a concentration in Journalism with a Human Rights & Genocide Studies minor. Upon graduation, Esther plans to pursue a Master’s in Journalism and work with international humanitarian organizations to create sustainable orphanages and health clinics in impoverished areas around the globe. Amongst her endeavors, she hopes to raise mental health awareness and end the stigma surrounding depression.

Esther has received a reward for her journalism and now serves as the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Ramapo News, alongside working on the e-board for Campus Crusaders for Christ.
She also has gone on several mission trips to countries such as Panama, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.

Additionally, she worked for Move Language Ahead, a cultural immersion program dedicated to giving international students the opportunity to study ESL in the United States. As an activity leader, Esther guided students on local and regional excursions to New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Toronto.

Juston Cummings

“Despite my disability, I learned that if you’re focused and work hard, you can be successful,” says Juston Cummings of Plainsboro, N.J.  The transfer student is a Music Production major with a 3.3 GPA.  “I am confident that my eight years of piano lessons will benefit my journey.” He also hopes to add Graphic Design as a second major, for he enjoys the creativity and peacefulness that graphic arts give him, and he is excited to enhance his Illustrator and Photoshop skills.

In addition to his classes and hobbies, Juston has made time to volunteer at the Trenton Soup Kitchen and the Ronald McDonald House. Juston also recently became an Eagle Scout, where he proudly spent months planning and building cubbies for his church’s nursery. In his free time, he enjoys making beats, playing soccer, and playing Xbox games.

 


Natalie Dahl

Natalie Dahl from Southbury, CT is a senior Nursing major at Ramapo. She plays an active role in the Ramapo community through her involvement in the Nursing Student Organization, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, and the Women’s Center.

She previously acted as the Women’s Outreach Coordinator, where she created programming for students that addressed problems women face in our society, such as income inequality and sexual violence.  “I can’t wait to channel my passion and enthusiasm for social justice into my new role as this year’s office manager.”

In her free time, Natalie enjoys reading, writing and watching movies with her family.


Angelina Bonhotal

“Since the first time I stepped foot on campus, Ramapo was my home,” says Angelina Bonhotal, a freshman Accounting major from Norwood, N.J.  She is proud of her Early Decision acceptance to Ramapo, her top choice, and now plans to attain her BS and MS in Accounting through Ramapo’s five-year-program. Upon graduation, she hopes to obtain her CPA and work in the forensic accounting field.

For the past two and a half years, she has been volunteering as a peer mentor to special needs children in her community.


Jamie Anne Anderson

Jamie Anne Anderson of Cliffside Park, N.J. is in her final year of Nursing school.  The senior holds a 3.4 GPA, is on the Dean’s List, and is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor society. She is also an active member of the Nursing Student Organization and was the team manager for the Ramapo Women’s Basketball Team.

Outside of school, Jaime volunteers as an EMT at Fairview Emergency Response and Mahwah Emergency Medical Services. During the week, she works at Pulse Transport, and on the weekends, she works as an EMT for Cliffside Park Emergency Medical Services.

Jamie has also worked as a student nurse in the critical care unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital. After Ramapo, she plans to pursue a nursing career in the military, attain her Masters of Science in Nursing, and hopefully travel and work with Doctors Without Borders.


Kaelea Composto

Kaelea Composto of Randolph, N.J. is a senior Biology major interested in pursuing veterinary school. She has a 3.9 GPA. Kaelea recently worked in a microbiology lab, where she researched ways to slow the progression of osteoporosis. “I hope to learn more about microbiology, as well as study other biology concentrations.”

In addition to her studies, she serves as historian of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club, participates in Biology Club and the Dean’s Advisory Council. She also works as a veterinary assistant at Hodes Veterinary Group, where she cares for shelter animals, teaches owners more about their pets, and helps improve homeless animals’ quality of life.

Christina Binetti

Christina Binetti of East Hanover, N.J. has an undeclared major and a 3.7 GPA. She plans to join Ramapo’s Track and Field Team and the Feminist United Club. In high school, she was a member of the Hanover Parks National Honor Society, Key Club, the Girls Basketball Team and the Track and Field Team.

Theresa Aitchison

Theresa Aitchison is a senior Biology major who plans to attend graduate school for Physical Therapy. She currently holds a 3.9 GPA, is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Greek Honor Society and a Dean’s List recipient.

Theresa is involved with the College Against Cancer Club, is a member of the Ramapo College Mentorship Program, and has worked with MEVO in environmental clean-ups both on and off-campus.


Jack McCaffrey

John “Jack” McCaffrey of Cresskill, N.J. is a junior pursuing a contract major in Communication Arts/Digital Filmmaking and Theater/Set Design. Jack works on the crew for both Ramapo College and Cresskill High School theater productions, and also works as an apprentice to a wedding videographer.  Outside of school, he enjoys photography and reviewing his many collectibles on YouTube.


Michael Rogers

“After I graduate, I hope to use my nursing degree to help patients with special needs and give back to my community,” says Michael Rogers, a junior Nursing major from Secaucus N.J.

Off-campus, Michael works as a lifeguard and is involved in Bible education work with Jehovah’s Witnesses. He also has experience working as a Home Health Aide for elderly patients with long-term disabilities.


Douglas Squasoni

Douglas Squasoni of Allendale, N.J. is a Mathematics major with a 3.3 GPA. The now junior is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, the Freshman Honor Society, as well as the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society. “I am also very proud that during my three years at Ramapo, I have never missed a single class.”

Douglas is an integral member of the Connections and Coalition Groups run by the Office of Specialized Services on campus, where he builds meaningful connections among students with disabilities at Ramapo. In addition, he plays clarinet in the Ramapo Concert Band and the Ramapo Pep Band.

Off-campus, he has volunteered for over 200 hours each summer at West Bergen Mental Health’s SOAR camp for children with autism, the same camp that he attended and volunteered at growing up.

“Post-graduation, I want to find a job where I can use my mathematics skills and help inspire other people with disabilities to pursue their dreams.”


Eve Millstein

Eve Millstein, of Demarest, N.J., is a senior Social Work major with a minor in Psychology who plans to obtain a Master’s in Social Work after receiving her Bachelor’s degree. She has a 3.4 GPA.

When Eve is not in class or doing homework, she can be found in many different places on campus.  She is a member of the Ramapo College Dance Company, where she serves as this year’s Event Chair, and plays French Horn in the Ramapo Concert Band.  She is also the new Publicity Manager for Ramapo Hillel and recently joined the Alpha Phi Omega Community Service Fraternity.

During the summers, Eve works at her temple’s Early Childhood Center Day Camp as a teacher’s assistant, and recently, she began working as a camp counselor for seventh graders at Camp Harlam. Next summer, she plans to continue this work and also become a social work intern.

 


Matthew Uhlendorf

Matthew Uhlendorf, of Fairfield, N.J., says he is certain that filmmaking is the line of work he wants to pursue.  As a Communications Major with a concentration in Digital Filmmaking, he holds a passion for filmmaking, directing, and acting. “I know that the many skilled and encouraging professors at Ramapo will set me on a path to a successful career.”

He currently has a 3.6 GPA, has earned recognition from Shoprite STARS and was a Cara Hirschman Scholarship recipient during the 2018-2019 year.

On-campus, he is active in RCTV where he pitches short film ideas, one of which the club produced. He is also a member of the Super Smash Bros. Club, where he competes in several tournaments. In addition, he is involved with START II Animal Rescue, The Gellman Foundation for the Homeless, and Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter.


Kyle Tazewell

Kyle Tazewell of Summerville, S.C. is a Music Major with concentrations in Music Production and Music Industry. He currently has a 3.0 GPA.

Kyle is part of the Leaders in Service (LIS) program, where this past summer he helped incoming freshman develop their leadership and civic engagement skills through team-building activities and off-campus community service projects, such as MEVO and Habitat for Humanity.

Back home in South Carolina, Kyle works with an organization called Katie’s Krops, a non-profit organization that uses locally grown crops to help fight against hunger. He volunteers his time through garden work and cooking/serving hot meals to those in need. In 2016, he became the Volunteer of the Year.


Scott Roman

Scott Roman of Wyckoff, N.J. is a Communications Major with a concentration in Visual Communication Design.  He has a 3.3 GPA and intends to pursue a career in Graphic Design upon graduation.

Additionally, he is a member of Dumbledore’s Army, attends Connections Group meetings, and serves as the Vice President of the Sci-Fi/Comic Book Club.

Outside of school, Scott has been involved in multiple activities and organizations, including BBYO and The Boy Scouts of America, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.


Ryan King

Ryan King of Pearl River, N.Y. is a Computer Science major with a 3.3 GPA.  Ryan has been involved with organizations such as People-to-People, along with working in maintenance at Stop and Shop, where his duties included cleaning the store at designated times and helping customers find items as needed.

Because of his disability, he has surmounted many challenges in life. “I am proud of being able to be independent and thrive in a college setting despite my disability.”

Abigail Fox

A member of the Ramapo College Softball Team, Abigail Fox of Woolwich, N.J. is a freshman student-athlete with an incoming GPA of 3.7.  She is studying Nursing, plans on joining the Nursing Student Organization, and hopes to one day be a pediatric nurse within the field of hematology/oncology.

While attending Kingsway Regional High School, Abigail was a member of the National Honor Society, President of the Athletic Training Student Aides Club, a student ambassador, the recipient of the 2017 People’s Choice Award, Jenna Cavallaro-Fromm Impact Award and a member of the 2019 SJ Group IV Softball Championship team.

She was also involved in spreading awareness for Be the Match and the Headstrong Foundation. “I plan on continuing to raise awareness for childhood cancers.”

Austin Thomas Holden

“I am eager to become very active throughout campus,” says Austin Thomas Holden of Saddle River, N.J., a freshman Communications major.  Austin’s high school career earned him two Senior Awards, including a First Marine Corps Award of Excellence and the Community Service Award from the Wandell Education Foundation, along with a final GPA of 3.5.


Seth Frey

Seth Frey, from Caldwell, N.J., is a sophomore majoring in Music with a concentration in Music Performance. In pursuit of becoming a K-12 music teacher, he plans to join the Teacher Education program and add-on a Music Education concentration. “I hope to spend a portion of my career working in a high-needs school and being a role model for young Latino boys.”

One of Seth’s proudest accomplishments occurred during a trip to his native country, Guatemala, where he raised money for materials to build a new home for a local family in need.

He is on the Ramapo Men’s Tennis team and is a member of the Roadrunner Jazz Ensemble, where he plays the drums and is learning to play keyboard. Additionally, Seth loves spending his summers teaching kids to play tennis at Jeff Lake Camp.

Brendan Tunney

Brendan Tunney of New Providence, N.J. is greatly involved in the Computer and Technology Club, Robotics Club, and Commuter Affairs. The Computer Science major proudly holds a 3.3 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List for two years.

Brendan also has an internship at Paragon, a local computer start-up, where he develops programs that gather and process client requests for the company.

“After graduation, I hope to create software that helps those with disabilities.”

Aileen Des Rosiers

Aileen Des Rosiers is a freshman Contemporary Arts major from Wood-Ridge, N.J. During her high school years, she was part of the Rutherford High School swim team and excelled in the 100-relay medley.

“This scholarship will help me get through college and become a successful adult.” Aileen hopes to work as a voice actor in the entertainment industry. “All of my future accomplishments will be thanks to Ramapo and the assistance I receive here.”


2019 Recipients

Jamie Anne Anderson

Jamie Anne Anderson of Cliffside Park, N.J. is a nursing student with a 3.350 GPA. She is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor society and made the spring 2017 Dean’s List.

Jaime volunteers as an EMT at Fairview Emergency Response and Mahwah Emergency Medical Services. During the week, she works at Pulse Transport, and on the weekends she works as an EMT for Cliffside Park Emergency Medical Services.

She was also the team manager for the Ramapo College Women’s Basketball team during their 2016-2017 season, and last winter, she volunteered as one of the assistant coaches for Bergen Tech High School’s Girls Varsity Basketball Team.

After college, she plans to pursue a nursing career in the military, then attain her Masters of Science in Nursing, and hopefully travel and work with Doctors Without Borders.


Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers of Secaucus, N.J. is a sophomore Nursing major.  Michael has been involved in off-campus volunteer activities, including Bible education work with Jehovah’s Witnesses. In addition, he serves as a lifeguard in his community. He currently works as a licensed CHHA (Certified Home Health Aide) caring for elderly patients with long-term disabilities. “After I graduate, I hope to use my degree to give back to the community as a nurse and volunteer advocate for elderly patients.”


Daniel Weiss

Daniel Weiss of Teaneck, N.J. is a Social Work major. He has a 3.0 GPA. At Ramapo, Daniel has been active in the Science Fiction and Anime club. He has also interned in the school’s Institutional Effectiveness & Planning Office, where he helped prepare for the college’s Middle States evaluation. He interned at the Bergen County Housing, Health, and Human Services Center in Hackensack where he volunteered for several months after his internship ended.

“I’m drawn to social work through my parents.” His mother is the Director of Operations at a New York City based not-for-profit organization and his father is a counselor. “After graduation, I intend to do my best to help those in need.”

Matthew Uhlendorf

“At this time I’m undecided on my future plans, but hope to find my true passion at Ramapo that will set me on a straightforward path to a successful career,” says undeclared freshman Matthew Uhlendorf. He has earned recognition from Shoprite STARS and Honor Roll from West Essex.

As an incoming freshman, he has not had the opportunity to participate in any activities at Ramapo, but was part of multiple groups related to the performing arts, including the improv club, the men’s a cappella group, and the theater club in high school. Matthew has also been involved in START II Animal Rescue, The Gellman Foundation for the Homeless and Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter.

He is from Fairfield, N.J.


Kyle Tazewell

Kyle Tazewell of Summerville, SC is a Music major with a concentration in Music Production and Music Industry. He has a 3.1 GPA. He is active in Ramapo’s Leaders in Service (LIS) Program and Sophomores Advancing in Leadership (SAIL). During the summer, Kyle helped incoming freshman develop their leadership and civic engagement skills. He did this through team building activities and off-campus community service projects like MEVO and Habitat for Humanity.

During breaks he volunteers with Katie’s Krops, an organization focused on ending hunger in his home state of South Carolina, where he spends time in the garden and helps prepare and serve hot meals to those in need. He was recognized in 2016, when he was named Volunteer of the Year for the organization.


Douglas Squasoni

Douglas Squasoni of Allendale, N.J. is a Mathematics major. He has a 3.1 GPA and is very proud that during his first two years at Ramapo he had perfect attendance in all of his classes.

Douglas regularly attends Connections and Coalition Groups run by the Office of Specialized Services and is an integral member of these groups that build connections among students with disabilities. In addition, he plays clarinet in the Ramapo Concert Band.

For the past five summers he’s volunteered for over 200 hours at West Bergen Mental Health’s SOAR camp for children with autism. It is the camp that he attended when he was in middle school.

Post-graduation, Douglas wants to find a job where he can use his mathematics skills. “I’d also like to continue to work as a volunteer at West Bergen Mental Health to show children with autism that if they work hard and dream big, they too can attend college and do well in life.”


Nina Sclafani

Freshman Nina Sclafani of Metuchen, N.J. is an Art Therapy Major. She has a 3.5 GPA. She is the recipient of the Unsung Hero Scholarship award from Metuchen High School.

“At Ramapo, I hope to become involved in clubs that have a charitable connection.” She has served as VP of Breaking the Chain Through Education, a nonprofit organization that raises money to free child slaves from Ghana and rehabilitate them.  When she is not volunteering at her Presbyterian church, she cosplays with friends and goes to conventions. Her goal is to become an Art Therapist and open her own practice after getting her degree.


Scott Roman

Scott Roman of Wyckoff, N.J. is a Communications Major, with a concentration in Visual Communications Design. He was elected as VP of the Sci-Fi/Comic Book Club at Ramapo, and also assisted the club’s publicist with poster design.

Scott has been involved in multiple activities, including BBYO and Boy Scouts of America, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. After graduation, he intends to pursue a career in Graphic Design.

Eve Millstein

Eve Millstein of Demarest, N.J. is a junior Social Work major with a minor in Psychology who plans to obtain a Master’s in Social Work. She has a 3.3 GPA and made the Dean’s List in Fall 2017.

When Eve is not in class or doing homework, she can be found in many different places on campus.  She dances in the Ramapo College Dance Company, where she served as the Community Service Chair for the 2017-2018 school year.  She is also involved in the Ramapo College Concert Band, where she plays her French Horn.  In addition, she is involved in Ramapo Hillel, where she served as Treasurer for the 2017-2018 school year and will be serving as the Social Director for the 2018-2019 school year.

During the summer, Eve has worked at her temple’s Early Childhood Center’s Day Camp as a teacher’s assistant.  Recently, she started working at her sleepaway camp, Camp Harlam, as a camp counselor, working with incoming seventh graders.


Sebastian Kwiatkowski

“As my undergraduate studies come to an end, I could not be more grateful for this scholarship, which has allowed me to focus on my studies, do well academically, take part in clubs and focus on my future,” says Sebastian Kwiatkowski of Hewitt, N.J.

Sebastian is a Law and Society major with a Psychology minor. He has a 3.3 GPA, made the Dean’s List, and was inducted into Chi-Alpha Epsilon.  Post-graduation he would like to pursue a MBA or attend law school.  Sebastian has worked at Staples as an office supplies associate for several years.


Kaelea Composto

Kaelea Composto of Randolph, N.J. is a Junior Biology major interested in pursuing veterinary school. She has a 3.9 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List for her first two semesters at Ramapo. In addition to her studies, Kaelea worked in a microbiology lab looking to slow the progression of osteoporosis. She hopes to learn more about microbiology but also pursue other concentrations in Biology.

She serves as secretary of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club, participates in the Biology Club and the Dean’s Advisory Council. She also volunteers at her local shelter and Eleventh Hour Rescue, to teach owners more about their animals and improve homeless animals’ quality of life.

Theresa Aitchison

Theresa Aitchison is a Junior Biology Major, planning on attending graduate school for Physical Therapy after her time at Ramapo. She holds a 3.9 GPA, is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Greek Honor Society, and is also a Dean’s List recipient. She has been involved with the College Against Cancer club at Ramapo, and has worked with MEVO in environmental clean-ups both on and off-campus. Theresa volunteers as a religious education teacher, and enjoys dancing in her free time.


Kira Abrams

Kira Abrams founded Ramapo’s first American Sign Language Club and has also been involved in the Young Leftists and Progressives and Feminists United Clubs.  She is a research assistant in the PIN neuroscience lab and has presented research on attentional networks.

She works as a part time tutor for the Upward Bound Math and Science program, as well as a textbook editor for Psychology for New Jersey LLC.  “I’m passionate about social justice and humanitarianism as well as science.” She hopes to one day work for Doctors without Borders.

Kira is a double major in Biology and Psychology with a minor in Neurscience and has a 3.6 GPA. She is from Clifton, N.J.


Ethan Vogel

Biochemistry major Ethan Skylar Vogel recently presented his research on Amniotic Membrane Transplantation at Overlook Medical Center. He’s active in the American Chemical Society and works off-campus as an ophthalmic technician with his father, who is an ophthalmologist. He intends to go to graduate school to obtain an MBA and then attend Optometry school.

His community service includes teaching karate to men and women with Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.

Ethan is from Riverdale, N.J. He has a minor in Neuroscience and a 3.2 GPA.


Ava Simon

Ava Simon of Marlboro, N.J. is a freshman majoring in Global Communications and Media. She has an incoming GPA of 3.1.

She was part of the Yearbook, Teal clubs, and worked with mentally-challenged youths during her high school years.

“I hope to find a rewarding career in the communications industry after completing my education.”

Benjamin Lipton

Benjamin J. Lipton of Suffern, N.Y. is a Freshman Computer Science major. He has an incoming GPA of 3.5.

As a high school student, Ben served as a peer mentor through a program called “Heroes and Cool Kids.” Ben looks forward to working with others in the Ramapo College community through service projects with the Civic and Community Engagement Center.

“I plan to work as a computer programmer and app developer so that I can explore ways in which to improve the quality of life for all.”

Katelyn Farrell

Katelyn Farrell of Paramus, N.J. is a Social Work major with a Substance Use Disorders minor. She has a 3.0 GPA. Katelyn has made Dean’s List both semesters of her junior year.

At Ramapo, Katelyn has been active in several organizations and activities, holding the position of President of the Social Work Club for three years, as well as being an active brother in Alpha Phi Omega.

Katelyn has been an active member of Operation Goody Bag, which involves sending mini care-packages to first responders and those in the military. She is also an active volunteer at Valley Hospital, spending most of her time in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab.


Natalie Dahl

Natalie Dahl of Southbury, CT is a junior Nursing major. She has a 3.77 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List each semester. Natalie has been active on campus with Women’s Center, the Diversity Peer Educators, the Title IX Committee and the Nursing Student Organization.


At the Women’s Center, she is the Women’s Outreach Coordinator. Through her job there, she runs a book club, a discussion group for female students on campus and puts together Women’s Herstory Month. Last semester, she represented the Women’s Center at “Our Campus, Our Safety,” a round table about gun violence on college campuses. Through the Office of Equity and Diversity, she leads the Diversity Peer Educators, a group that is known on campus for teaching students, staff, and faculty how to create a more inclusive environment in their classrooms and organizations.


On Saturdays, she volunteers her time tutoring children in math and reading at Oasis, an organization in Paterson, N.J. that is a safe haven and resource center for women and children living in poverty.


Angelina Aragona

Angelina Aragona of Washington Township is a Theater major with an acting concentration. She will also be earning her K-6 Teaching Certification. She has a 3.6 GPA and made the Dean’s List in her spring 2018 semester.

At Ramapo, Angelina was cast as Billy Boy Bill in Urinetown the Musical, and also helped build the set and arrange costumes. She was inducted into Alpha Psi Omega Theater Honor Society, and helped organize, host and act in a murder mystery dinner.

Angelina has also been involved in off–campus activities and organizations, including Bergen Community College’s Young Playwrights Festival, both 2017 and 2018, as well as the BCC Theater Club.


Judith Errichetti

Judith Errichetti of Mountain Lakes, N.J. is a senior Business Management major. A student athlete, Judith is an outside/right-side hitter on the Ramapo Women’s Volleyball Team, and during the summer works with younger girls aspiring to play collegiate volleyball. Judith also works for USA Track and Field as a website designer and event manager, and volunteers her time for the Visiting Nurses Association of New Jersey.



2018 Recipients

Riana Katz

Riana Katz is a junior Business Administration major with a concentration in Management and an intended minor in Women and Gender Studies. She currently holds a 3.9 GPA. She is in the Honors Program, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society and is also a Dean’s List recipient.

In addition to her academic accomplishments, Riana is also extremely involved on campus. This year she will serve as the Enactus President and Project Manager and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity brother. “I enjoy demonstrating my work ethic and passion to serve the community through both my academic achievements and civic engagement.”


Donald Irons

“I’m proud of my involvement in the many clubs on campus, and I enjoy getting involved to bring about awareness of issues and to help others,” says Donald Irons, who is from Independence Township, N.J.  Donald is a staff writer/reporter for the Ramapo News, and a member of the Young Leftists and Progressives Club, where he helps organize presentations regarding political issues, most recently a discussion titled “The Flaws of the Party System.”

The Biology major is also a research assistant in Microbiology, working with Dr. Tom Owen on Osteoblast Cell Differentiation.

Last summer, Donald worked for General Hydroponics in Santa Rosa, CA as a quality control Lab Technician.  After graduation, he plans on pursuing his PhD in Microbiology research. He is a member of the Ramapo College Honors Program, and working toward a minor in Literature.


Jamie Anne Anderson

Jamie Anne Anderson of Cliffside Park, N.J. is a Nursing student and has a 3.5 GPA.

Last year Jamie was the Roadrunners Women’s Basketball Team Manager where she became the team’s statistician, videotaped games and organized practices. This year she joined the Ramapo Nursing Student Organization and the Nutrition and Fitness Club.

As a certified EMT, Jamie volunteers at the Mahwah and Fairview Centers, and works weekends in Cliffside Park. “I’m proud of all I’ve accomplished so far at Ramapo, especially earning a spot on the Dean’s List while continuing to volunteer.” She is looking forward to studying abroad in Ghana in Summer 2018.

“I plan to specialize in trauma and emergency nursing, perhaps with the US Army or with Doctors without Borders.”


Alyssa Bernstein

Alyssa Bernstein of West Caldwell, N.J. is a senior Accounting major. She has a GPA of 4.0 and plans to complete Ramapo’s new one-year M.S. in Accounting before taking the CPA exam. She has accepted a position at a mid-sized public accounting firm.

Throughout her time at Ramapo, Alyssa has been involved in the professional business fraternity, worked in the Office of the President, and held different internship positions. She recently worked for a tax firm in Tel Aviv over the summer. Each spring Alyssa has enjoyed volunteering during Alternative Spring Break trips through the Civic and Community Engagement Center. She will travel to China this spring break on a faculty-led study abroad program with her professor.


Anastasia Caulfield

Anastasia Caulfield of Cranford, N.J. is an International Studies major with a minor in Human Rights and Genocide Studies.

On campus, Anastasia has been elected for Student Government three times, serving as Student Liaison to the Women’s Center and Student Conduct.  She represented the College at the National Diversity Leadership Conference and served as a student representative to Ramapo’s Schedule Change Committee. She has also volunteered with student voter registration drives on campus and for many Ramapo community events.

Off-campus, she enjoys being politically active and working to promote issues that ensure rights and protections for all. She also enjoys volunteering in community events aimed at helping children.  

Anastasia expresses her creative side through photography.


Theresa Aitchison

Theresa Aitchison of Orangeburg, N.Y. is a sophomore Biology major who plans to obtain a degree in Physical Therapy after receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Ramapo. She has a 3.963 GPA and has made the Dean’s List for her first two semesters.

Theresa is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Greek Honor Society, and participates in Ramapo College’s Dance Club, as she has been dancing since she was a child in the styles of ballet and jazz.

She teaches religion to children and works in the Religious Education Office of her church, and also volunteers at a children’s summer camp as a counselor/teacher.


Lauren Kubler

Lauren Kubler of Hillsdale, N.J. is a Nursing major.  She has a 3.29 GPA and is part of Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society and Phi Beta Delta Honor Society. She is a member of the Nursing Student Organization and First Responders Club on campus.

Lauren volunteers as a firefighter in her community, and last summer was an extern at St. Joseph’s Hospital.


Matthew Gallagher

Matthew Gallagher of River Vale, N.J. is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science.

He has been involved in various musical ensembles, playing trumpet with the Ramapo Roadrunners Jazz Band, and previously with Bergen Academies’ jazz and concert bands and orchestra.  On Sunday evenings, he plays the trumpet at the Ramapo College Mass.  He is a member of the Newman Catholic Club, Technology and Animation Club and other gaming groups.

Outside of school, he works part time as a cashier at Foodtown and accompanies the choir at various local churches in Paterson and Glen Rock, N.J.


Natalie Dahl

Natalie Dahl is from Southbury, CT and is a sophomore Nursing major. She plays an active role in the College community as she is involved with Ramapo’s Pride Club, the Nursing Student Organization and is the Diversity Peer Educator.  She also serves as one of the Queer Peer Services Coordinators at the Women’s Center. Last summer, Natalie represented the College at Camp Pride, a leadership academy for LGBTQ+ undergraduates and ally students.

 

Natalie is also a staff writer for the politics section of an online publication called FreshU, which produces content by college students for college students. Last semester, she was admitted to Alpha Lambda Delta, an honor society for freshman, and maintained a 3.9 GPA all year, thus making the Dean’s List both semesters. In her free time, Natalie enjoys reading, writing and playing the viola.

Justin Ensuncho

Justin Ensuncho of Fair Lawn, N.J. is a Computer Science major.

He was recognized for his achievements as a student athlete in high school, and is proud of earning second-team All-County for basketball in his senior year. “It acknowledged all my hard work throughout the season.”

GinaMarie Lagomarsino

GinaMarie Lagomarsino of Washington Township, N.J. is a Business major with a concentration in Marketing. The senior has a 3.88 GPA, and plans to attend law school after graduation.  “I hope to become a lawyer and help those in need.”

She is active on campus in the Phi Alpha Delta International Pre-Law Fraternity, the Student Government Association, and Golden Key International Honour Society.  GinaMarie has also volunteered at Table to Table, a community-based organization that collects and distributes food that would otherwise be wasted.

Ethan Skylar Vogel

Ethan Skylar Vogel hopes to become an optometrist, a career he became interested in during his experience working as a medical technician with this father, who is an ophthalmologist.  The Biochemistry major has a Neuroscience minor, and is active in the American Chemical Society.

In addition to working as a camp counselor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Ethan has taught karate to students with Down Syndrome and cerebral palsy.  “I am a hard-worker who succeeds in everything that I do. I understand the value of teams and working successfully with others.”

Ethan is from Riverdale, N.J. and has a 3.087 GPA.

 


Jacob Varga

Jacob Varga of South Brunswick, N.J. is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing. He has a 3.28 GPA and made the Dean’s List for the spring 2016 and 2017 semesters. Jacob is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society.

Jacob is involved with Special Olympics and the South Brunswick Soccer Club.  He also holds a job at McCaffrey’s supermarket in Princeton where he has worked for the last four years as a cashier and trains new incoming employees. Jacob is set to graduate in 2018 and hopes to get a position in a marketing or business capacity.  He also would like to go on to graduate school.

Talina Toscano

Talina Toscano of Suffern N.Y. is a sophomore, majoring in Music Performance. She has a 3.6 GPA and is a member of the Alpha Delta Lambda Honor Society.

Talina has been active in several musical organizations and activities on campus, including the Ramapo Chorale, the Skylark Women’s Choir and the Ramapo Gospel Choir. She also enjoys performing at many of the school’s open mic nights.

Off-campus, Talina has been very involved in spreading autism awareness and raising money for many autism organizations, including Autism Speaks and West Bergen Mental Health. “I’m particularly proud of my autism wish bracelet project where I created and sold handcrafted beaded bracelets and donated the profits to various autism organizations.”

She is studying music with the goal of becoming a high school music education teacher. Talina enjoys donating her free time by performing at various fundraising events. She has always been happy to help others and hopes to continue to inspire people by doing what she loves.


Frank Rincon Tavarez

Frank Rincon Tavarez of Union City, N.J. is a Literature major with a minor in Theater. He has a 3.0 GPA.

“At Ramapo, I helped form the Chess Club, and am involved in the Wrestling Club.” He is also President of The Devised Theater Ensemble.

Frank plans to enlist for the Peace Corps and pursue a Masters in either Education or Counseling post-graduation.


Douglas Squasoni

Douglas Squasoni of Allendale, N.J. is a Mathematics major. He has a cumulative 3.56 GPA after his first year at Ramapo. During his first semester he was very proud to receive a 3.85 GPA, make Dean’s List, and get inducted into the Freshman Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta. “This was even more special to me, as I took several classes that were heavy in writing, while my stronger subjects are usually mathematics-based.”

Douglas regularly attends Connections and Coalition Groups run by the Office of Specialized Services on campus, and is an integral member of these groups that build connections among students with disabilities at Ramapo. In addition, he plays clarinet in the Ramapo Concert Band.

Off-campus, he volunteers for over 200 hours each summer at West Bergen Mental Health SOAR camp in Ramsey, N. J. for children with autism, which he attended when he was in middle school.

Post-graduation, Douglas wants to find a job where he can use his mathematics skills and continue to work as a volunteer at West Bergen Mental Health.  “I’d like to show children with autism that if they work hard and dream big, they too can attend college and do well in life.”


Scott Roman

Scott Roman of Wyckoff, NJ is a Communications Major, with a concentration in Visual Communications Design.

Scott has been involved in multiple activities, including BBYO and The Boy Scouts of America, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. After graduation, he intends to pursue a career in Graphic Design.

Tyler Czubachowski

Tyler Czubachowski of Pompton Plains, N.J. is an Information Technology Management major. He has a 3.57 GPA and achieved the academic honor of Dean’s list for the first semester. At Ramapo, Tyler has been active in several organizations and activities, including the Swim Team and the Resident Hall Association. Tyler has also been involved in off-campus organizations, including working as a lifeguard and at ReMax doing computer work. Tyler is also an Eagle Scout.

Kaelea Composto

Kaelea Composto of Randolph, N.J. is a transfer student who is interested in studying Biology and pursuing Physician Assistant school. Kaelea previously worked in a microbiology lab analyzing the CRISPR-cas system in Salmonella. At Ramapo she hopes to learn more about microbiology but also pursue other concentrations in Biology.

She played on the women’s club rugby team and has loved the meeting new people from different places. Kaelea is a cat-lover who volunteers at the Randolph Regional Animal Shelter and has adopted two cats. She is also a member of Alpha Phi Omega and organized many service events like bake sales to support the American Red Cross Association. “I hope to continue the service I’ve been doing but also branch out into other community service activities.”

Angad Singh Bhogal

Angad Singh Bhogal of South Brunswick, N.J. is an Information Technology Management major. He has a 3.4 GPA and is a part of the College Honors program.

Angad is involved in several organizations on campus, including the Programming Board, rock climbing, and Active Minds Clubs. In the College Programming board, he has helped set up programs and events that cater to a variety of student interests.

“I’ve wanted to travel to Japan since I was 11, so I’m extremely proud to have been accepted to study abroad there and also earn a scholarship for the trip.” While in Japan, he learned how to adapt to an entirely different culture (including the customs, clothing, language, and norms of the country) and work with the Japanese people, who he found generally more reserved and modest compared to Americans. “The trip was life changing.”

After graduation, he hopes to work in the technology department of a healthcare or finance firm, coding and processing important data and information. He would also like to pursue his MBA after Ramapo.


Kira Abrams

Kira Abrams of Clifton, N.J. is a double major in Biology and Psychology. Kira founded Ramapo’s first American Sign Language Club and has also been involved in the Young Leftists and Progressives and Feminists United Clubs.

Kira works for the Upward Bound Math and Science program as a part time tutor, as well as a textbook editor for Psychology for New Jersey LLC.  “My plan is to go to medical school and become a neurologist.”



2017 Recipients

Kira Abrams

Kira Abrams of Clifton, NJ is majoring in Psychology and Biology and has a 3.4 GPA.  She plans on attending medical school and earning an MD/PhD.

At Ramapo, Kira has led and participated in several organizations and activities, including founding the Ramapo American Sign Language Club, co-running the Visual Artist Society, and planning events for Active Minds.

She volunteers at Hackensack University Medical Center, and also works as a field trip guide.

 

 


Anastasia Caulfield

Anastasia Caulfield of Cranford, N.J. is an International Studies major. On campus, Anastasia has been elected three times to Student Government, serving as Student Liaison to the Women’s Center and Student Conduct. Anastasia has been active in work on Ramapo’s “It’s On Us” campaign. She has participated in leadership programs and has represented Ramapo at the National Diversity Leadership Conference. She has also served as a student representative to Ramapo’s Schedule Change Committee and helped with student voter registration on campus.

“In my time spent off campus, I like to help run community activities for children,” says Anastasia, “and explore my interests in politics, art, and media.”


Theresa Aitchison

Theresa Aitchison is a freshman from Orangeburg, NY. She is an Undeclared Major. She was one of the recipients of the Ramapo College Presidential Scholarship, the New York State Merit Scholarship, and the Chakrabarti Family Award Scholarship. In high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society.

“I hope to become involved in many different campus activities at Ramapo…and I hope that my involvement will help me to ultimately choose a major,” says Theresa.

Theresa has danced in Coupé Dance Company since she was a child. She volunteers at St. Catharine’s Church, where she teaches religion. She also works part time at Art Adventure, a children’s art class/birthday party/camp business.

 


Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson of Cliffside Park, NJ is a Nursing student. She is a graduate of Bergen Technical High School, where she was the captain of the basketball and soccer teams, played softball, and was involved in Heroes and Cool Kids.

After working extremely hard studying for the certification test, Jamie is proud to be a certified Emergency Medical Technician for the state of New Jersey.

“I hope to work as a nurse traveling country to country helping out people in need, volunteering my time to organizations that help countries in poverty or after disasters. To help change someone’s life in need would be great,” says Jamie of her long term goals.

 


Joseph Conciatori

Joseph Conciatori of Netcong, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing. He has a GPA of 3.821 and has made the Dean’s List five times.

At Ramapo, Joseph has been active in several organizations and activities, including Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life, WRPR – Ramapo Radio, and Active Minds. He is the publicist of CAC and has also served as a Relay for Life team captain twice. Joseph is the host of a weekly radio show and also contributes to the Ramapo News as a staff writer.

He has participated Ramapo’s Alternative Spring Break program in Keansburg and Highlands, NJ; additionally, Joseph has served as a Vacation Bible School group leader in Roxbury, NJ.  Also, he is an intern for SunCity Paradise, an online travel agency.

 


Brianna DelGiudice

Brianna DelGiudice is a freshman from Sandy Hook, CT.  She is majoring in Social Work.

In addition to her studies, Brianna worked two part time jobs during high school.  She was a cashier/busgirl at The Sandy Hook Deli and continues to work at Education Connection as a part time teacher’s aide.

“I hope to become involved in the Social Work club at Ramapo as well as other organizations that I find interesting,” said Brianna.

 

Judith Errichetti

Judith Errichetti of Mountain Lakes, NJ is a sophomore Information Technology major. A student athlete, Judith is an outside/right side hitter on the Ramapo women’s volleyball team, and during the summer works with younger girls aspiring to play collegiate volleyball. Judith holds a part time job as a hostess at Rails Steakhouse in Towaco, and also volunteers her time for the Visiting Nurses Association of New Jersey.

 


Matthew Gallagher

Matthew Gallagher of River Vale, NJ is a freshman, majoring in Computer Science. During his high school years he was involved in various musical ensembles, playing trumpet with the Bergen Academies’ jazz and concert bands and orchestra, and was also a member of the Tri-M Music National Honor Society. On weekends and holidays, he accompanies the choir at various local churches.

Matt works part time as a cashier at Foodtown and recently completed an internship at Hackensack University Medical Center in their IT Department, assisting doctors with technology issues.

 


Pamela Gilligan

Pamela Gilligan grew up in Branchburg, NJ and currently resides in Flemington, NJ.  She is majoring in Environmental Studies with a 3.8 GPA, and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society on campus. She spent the spring 2016 semester abroad in south India studying social movements and sustainability initiatives.

At Ramapo, she is the president for 1STEP environmental club and Co-President of the Yoga Club, where she previously served as secretary.  She is also a member of the Sustainable Living Facilities where she volunteers in the college gardens, harvesting and planting organic vegetables. As the co-founder of the new RCNJ water campaign “Rethink Water,” she led efforts to raise awareness about available hydration stations throughout campus and helped educate the college community about the concerns involving plastic water bottles. During the school year she works in the Academic Affairs (Provost) Office as a clerical assistant.

Off campus she is a frequent volunteer for the Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization (MEVO) where she held positions as the Farm Crew Leader and Intern. She has also interned at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, where she led educational programs and tours about the importance of native species. In summer 2016, she interned at Grow It Green Morristown where she worked on an organic farm and taught children about where their food comes from.

“I am very proud of the water campaign I created for Ramapo and I hope to develop it further this coming school year. Once I graduate I hope to be able to continue educating people about the importance of having a connection to the environment, whether that be through food, stewardship, or clean energy,” said Pamela.

 

 


Riana Katz

Riana Katz is an incoming sophomore Business Administration Major with a concentration in Management and an intended minor in Women and Gender Studies. She currently holds a 3.96 GPA. She is in the Honors Program, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and is a Dean’s List recipient.

This coming semester she is looking forward to serving as an Honors Development Group Leader, Leaders in Service Member, Enactus Vice President of Administration and Project Manager, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity Secretary, and interning at Automatic Data Processing (ADP). Riana demonstrates her dynamic work ethic and passion to serve her community through both her academic achievements and civic engagement.


Lauren Kubler

Lauren Kubler of Hillsdale, NJ is a nursing major.  She has a 3.268 GPA.  “I’m proud that my hard work was recognized by making the Dean’s list,” said Lauren. Her campus activities have included Sophomores Advancing In Leadership (SAIL) and the Nursing Student Organization (NSO). She is also an off-campus volunteer firefighter and secretary/treasurer of the firefighter cadets.

 

 


Sebastian Kwiatkowski

Sebastian Kwiatkowski of Ringwood, NJ is leaning toward a Law and Society major with a minor in Business.  He is proud of the A he earned in his summer writing class, which will help him reach his goal of graduating on time.  “I am a survivor against all odds, and I will push myself to achieve the highest grades that I can and reach my aspirations,” says Sebastian, who adds, “After I graduate I would like to get my masters and possibly go to law school.”

This year he hopes to expand his horizons by attending campus events and club meetings, including Skiing Club.  He works part time throughout the year at Staples.


Garen Loshkajian

Garen Loshkajian of Saddle River, NJ is a Computer Science major with an Information Technology Management minor. He has a 3.32 GPA and was inducted into the National Society for Collegiate Scholars and the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honors Society. He was very proud to have been on the Dean’s List for two straight semesters in 2014.

At Ramapo, Garen has been active in the Computers and Technology Club, Pokemon Club, and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. He enjoyed the opportunity to listen to fellow students present their programming accomplishments during Computers and Technology Club meetings.

Garen had a web programming internship with GAL (an internet marketing services company) as well as with Sports Media 101, where he collaborated with a team to create a large web programming project. “I hope to obtain a software development job with a small company,” said Garen of his post-graduation plans.


Janine McCaffrey

Janine McCaffrey is a senior from Cresskill, NJ and is majoring in Communication Arts/Digital Filmmaking. She has been working as an intern in New York City as a film editor at Stonestreet Studios and recently interned at Viacom with Nickelodeon. At Ramapo, she will continue to serve as President of the Technological Studies Club as well as the Sci-Fi Club. She enjoys assisting her peers in the role of director/producer and editor.


Anthony Morales

Anthony Morales of North Bergen, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Management. He has a 3.45 GPA. Anthony was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society.

Anthony is a Resident Assistant, Residence Hall Advisor, and Historian of A Better Tomorrow Charity club at Ramapo. He represented the College at the Active Citizens Conference in Washington D.C. and looks forward to furthering Civic Engagement at Ramapo.

Off campus, Anthony has volunteered his time with Habitat for Humanity.


Blair Nulk

Blair Nulk of Rockaway, NJ is a Visual Arts major with a concentration in Electronic Art and Animation. At Ramapo, Blair has been a DJ for a music program on WRPR, and is the president of the Science Fiction and Comic Book Club. “I was elected president due to my dedication to ensuring plenty of games were available at Game Night and being an enthusiastic member of the club,” said Blair of her leadership position within the club.

She has volunteered off campus with the Picatinny Military and Civilians’ Club to help the military community, and has participated in two haunted houses as an actor, believing everyone can benefit from a good scare.

After graduation, Blair plans on using her degree to enter the gaming industry.  She enjoys playing computer games in her spare time, and wants to share that same enjoyment with others by contributing to future games.

 

Deanna Penna

Deanna Penna is a freshman from West Harrison, NY, majoring in Law and Society, with hopes to be a prosecution attorney. Deanna is a five-time donor to Locks of Love and has also generously volunteered her time at the Miracle League of Westchester, an organization providing activities for “differently-abled children.” She was previously employed as a vendor for Origami Owl.

In her spare time she enjoys writing and reading poems.  Deanna’s hope is to debunk the stigma associated with mental health.


Roarke Schafer

Roarke Schafer of Succasunna, NJ is a sophomore Computer Science major. In addition to computer science, he is also interested in math, science and the arts. Roarke shares his interest in computer science with his two older brothers.

Anna Scoullis

Anna Scoullis of Englewood Cliffs, NJ, is an Accounting major with a minor in Creative Writing. She has a 3.8 GPA, the Academic Achievement Scholarship, a membership in the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and has been on the Dean’s List consecutively.

At Ramapo, Anna has been active in several organizations and activities, including the Accounting Club, Literature Club, and Ramapo Chorale. She attends Accounting Club meetings to connect with other accounting students and professionals, while at the same time finding time to create stories and sing with the choir. Anna is creative and logical depending on the situation, and those traits will help her expand her horizons throughout her time at Ramapo and the real world.

After graduation, Anna hopes to find an accounting job at a local firm, and spend her free time honing her writing skills.

Parker Tubman

Parker Tubman, from Totowa, NJ is a double major in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Social Science and Labor studies. He is an EOF student, and a member of Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. He is proud of his Dean’s List achievement seven times since the fall of 2011. He currently works at Lowe’s in Butler, NJ, and previously held positions in Information Technology Services (ITS) as a Lab Assistant/Help Desk Associate at Ramapo. Parker is a member of Campus Crusade for Christ, and has been a Peer Facilitator and a Senator-At-Large in the Student Government Association.  In his spare time he enjoys soccer and collecting retro video games from the 1980s.

 


Jacob Varga

Jacob Varga of South Brunswick, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing. He has a 3.21 GPA and made the Dean’s List for the spring 2016 semester, and was recently inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society.

Jacob is involved in Special Olympics and the South Brunswick Soccer Club.  He also holds a part time job at McCaffrey’s supermarket in Princeton where he has worked for the last three years as a cashier.

 


2016 Recipients

Kira Abrams

Kira Abrams of Clifton, NJ is a Pre-Med Psychology Major minoring in Digital Filmmaking. She has a 3.4 GPA.  At Ramapo, Kira has participated in Active Minds, a student organization that aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues.  In addition, she has hosted a radio show with WRPR, and works in the Berrie Center Galleries.

Kira has worked two part-time jobs in her father’s mental health clinic and as a children’s party entertainer.  She is also active in several political advocacy groups.


Sebastian Kwiatkowski

Sebastian Kwiatkowski is a freshman from Ringwood, NJ. Sebastian was active in rowing during his high school years and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Table to Table, and Vacation Bible School. He also served as a volunteer camp counselor with the NJ Audubon Society.

He holds a part time job at Staples, where he was recently named Employee of the Month.


Justin Bizub

Justin Bizub of Tuxedo, NY is an Information Technology major with a 3.5 grade point average. Justin was inducted into the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and the Phi Sigma Omicron Honor Society. In addition, he made the Dean’s list in 2014.

Justin has also been heavily involved with assisting special needs children at a private school, where he helps them with their everyday activities to ensure their success.


Anastasia Caulfield

Anastasia Caulfield of Cranford N.J. is an International Studies major. On campus, Anastasia has participated in Leaders in Service. She has been elected twice to the SGA, serving as Senator-at-Large liaison to the Women’s Center and Office of Student Conduct.

Anastasia serves as student representative to Ramapo’s Schedule Change Committee. She has worked on Ramapo’s “It’s On Us” campaign to stop violence against women.  She has also represented Ramapo at the National Student Leadership Diversity Conference and looks forward to helping to further diversity, sensitivity and respect on campus.

Off-campus, Anastasia’s involvement has included Girl Scouts and recreational programs for children.


Matthew Luciano Cicitta

Matthew Luciano Cicitta of Oakland, NJ is a Mathematics major.

He has a 4.0 grade point average. Matthew has been on the Dean’s list for the past three years, and was inducted into the Golden Key Honour Society.

At Ramapo, Matthew has been active in several organizations and activities, including Alpha Lambda Delta, OSS Tutoring and Peer Coaching, Peer Facilitation and Alternate Spring Break. He was the President of Pi Mu Epsilon, the Mathematics Honor Society, during Fall 2015.


Joseph Conciatori

Joseph Conciatori of Netcong, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing. He has a 3.775 GPA and has made the Dean’s List three times.

Joseph was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society.

At Ramapo, Joseph has been active in several organizations and activities, including Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life, Active Minds, and Campus Crusade for Christ. He served as the captain of his Relay for Life team.

Joseph has also been involved in off campus activities and organizations, including serving as a volunteer at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and as a Vacation Bible School leader at Grace Church in Roxbury, NJ.


Alexis Elefteriou

Alexis Elefteriou of Palisades Park, NJ is a Psychology major with a minor in Substance Abuse. She has a 3.8 GPA. Alexis was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Honor Society, the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars as well as Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.

At Ramapo, Alexis has been a student representative in the Third Year Engagement Board.


Lauren Kubler

Lauren Kubler of Hillsdale, NJ is a Nursing major. She has a 3.114 GPA.

At Ramapo, Lauren has been active in several organizations and activities, including the nursing student organization and First Responders Club. Lauren has also been involved off–campus where she serves as a firefighter and cadet secretary/treasurer for her town.


Janine McCaffrey

Janine McCaffrey of Cresskill, NJ is currently a junior pursuing a major in Communication of the Arts with a focus in Digital Film Making. She has a 3.925 GPA and spent last summer interning in New York City as a film editor.

She looks forward to her last two years in Ramapo and more opportunities to expand her horizons in film post-production. She accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the XAE Honor Society. Membership is by invitation only and was based on her class standing and her exceptional GPA. She has been a member and officer of the Technology/Animation Study Club for the past two years and was recently appointed president.

“There is nothing more that I want than to continue reaching my personal and academic potential… when individuals recognize and reward that I am extremely grateful.”


Matthew O’Mara

Matthew O’Mara of Washington, NJ is an Information Technology Management major. He has a 3.0 grade point average. He recently graduated with an Associate Degree from Warren County Community College.

At Ramapo, Matthew is looking forward to being active in several organizations.

Matthew has been involved in several off campus activities, including leading a human rights organization and assisting the Washington Borough Auxiliary Squad of his home town.


Stephen Drabik

Stephen Drabik of Boonton Township, NJ is an Information Technology Management major.

He has a 3.89 GPA and was recently selected as the 2016 Outstanding Student in the ITM major.  This award is given to one graduating student in each major every year.

At Ramapo, Stephen works for the  Office of Specialized Services, where he helps students in the Adaptive Technology Computer Laboratory.


Garen Loshkajian

Garen Loshkajian is a senior from Saddle River, NJ majoring in Computer Science.


Tara McFadden

Tara McFadden is a senior from Wyckoff, NJ majoring in Social Work.


Jordan Richards

Jordan Richards is a junior from Maplewood, NJ majoring in Computer Science


Olivia Ondrof

Olivia Ondrof is a freshman from Rockaway, NJ who has an undeclared major.


Parker Tubman

Parker Tubman is a senior from Totowa, NJ majoring in Social Science.



2015 Recipients

Janine McCaffrey

 

Janine McCaffrey, of Cresskill, N.J. is a student in the School of Contemporary Arts with a concentration in digital film making. She has a 3.8 grade point average.

At Ramapo, Janine serves as treasurer of the Anime Pokemon Club. Off campus, she has been involved in Habitat for Humanity.

 

 

 


Garen Loshkajian

Garen Loshkajian of Saddle River, NJ is a Computer Science major and an Information Technology Management minor. He is a member of Chi Alpha Epsilon and was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He is active in the OSS Coalition, Pokémon Club and the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. A previous recipient of the scholarship, Garen says it provided financial support and the ability to participate in extracurricular activities and national honor societies to become the successful student that he is today. Garen has a 3.35 grade point average.


Amy Lando

Amy Lando of Madison, NJ is a Visual Communications Design major and a Visual Arts minor. She is president of the Creative Media Club and the National Communications Honor Society. Amy was inducted into the Golden Key National Honour Society. She is completing a graphic design internship and is a design assistant for a merchandizing company. Amy has completed mission trips with her church to Philadelphia, New York, Alabama and West Virginia. Amy has strived to make a positive impact during her time at Ramapo and has endeavored to become a leader and role model for other students. She has a 3.86 grade point average.


Alexis Elefteriou

Alexis Elefteriou of Palisades Park, NJ is a Psychology major and a Substance Abuse minor. Alexis has been inducted into the Alpha Lamba Delta Honor Society, Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is also a student representative for the Junior Board Committee. She says, “I usually strive to do well because it gives me self-satisfaction, but it was nice to receive outside recognition for my academic accomplishments. The scholarship helped me financially toward my goal to become an elementary school guidance counselor.” Alexis has a 3.85 grade point average.


Matthew Cicitta

Matthew Cicitta of Oakland, NJ is a Mathematics major who plans to pursue certification in Teacher Education. He is a member of the Leaders in Service Program. On campus he has held positions with the Fitness Center, as a math tutor and a counselor for the EOF summer program. Matthew also participates in Alternative Spring Break programs for which he completes service projects. He also coordinated food vending for attendees of Earth Fest at Ramapo College. Bullied in middle school, Matthew chose to remain silent. He came to realize that “comprehensible communication is one of the few gifts we are given and to give it up out of fear of being made fun of is ridiculous.” Now, Matthew fearlessly uses his voice to help him focus on what it means to be a student. He plans to continue to pursue his dream of becoming a high school teacher, a position that requires near perfect communication and social skills. He was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honour Society and Chi Alpha Epsilon, formed to recognize the academic achievements of students admitted to colleges and universities through non-traditional criteria. Its purposes are to promote continued high academic standards, to foster increased communication among its members and to honor academic excellence. Matthew has a 4.0 grade point average.

“The scholarship will act as funding for my future academic endeavors as well as represent a constant reminder that anyone can succeed as long as they put in the right amount of effort.”

Stephen Drabik

Stephen Drabik of Boonton Township is majoring in Information Technology Management. Stephen works as a lab assistant on campus. He is treasurer of the Ramapo Archery Club and team vice president of the Ramapo Rock Climbing Club. He was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society. Stephen completed an internship at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. He is proud of the experience and says, “Every day I was surrounded by experts in their fields: nurses, doctors and specialists. I was able to help those professionals by solving technical issues that seemed trivial to me. This showed me that everyone needs assistance, and no one is skilled at everything.” Stephen has a 3.83 grade point average.


Megan Byrne

Megan Byrne of Hillsdale, NJ is a Psychology major and a Visual Arts minor. She has held several on-campus jobs. In addition she is a Student Government Class of 2015 representative, secretary of the Commuter Affairs Club, Pre-med/Pre-health Club and the Residence Hall Council, among others. She also completed a fieldwork placement at an after-school program for children who live in an underserved community. Megan describes it as “an amazing opportunity, which enabled me to inspire the individuality of creative expression in the children that I worked with.”


Ella Shadi Ashabi

Ella Ashabi of Upper Saddle River, NJ is a Communications major and an Italian minor. She is secretary of the Italian Club. Ella has held off-campus jobs in child care, retail and management. She is proud to have completed an internship about which she says, “I have grown and learned what the business world expects of me.” A second time recipient of this scholarship, Ella says it “helped me pay for my books, which may not seem like a big thing to some, but it was a big deal to me.” Ella has a 2.99 grade point average.


Jordan Richards

Jordan Richards of Maplewood, NJ is a Computer Science major with a 3.20 grade point average. Jordan’s minor is Visual Arts with a concentration in Photography. Jordan is involved with A Better Tomorrow, Ramapo Operation Link Up, The Computer and Technology Club, Mackin Hall Residence Council and is an Admissions Student Ambassador. “Knowledge is the key to achieving a certain dream,” he said. “Even if you learn one new thing a day, it takes you one step closer to any goal.” Jordan plans to work creating software that will aid students with learning disabilities. “No goal or dream can be realized all by one’s self,” he added. “I would like to say thank you to the Ramapo College Foundation for providing a helping hand.”


Tara McFadden

Tara McFadden of Wyckoff, NJ is a Social Work major. She is a member of the OSS Coalition and performs community service with groups that raise money for awareness about congenital heart defects. Tara is completing an internship with an adult day care program. She says that she hopes to learn about the needs of the elderly and ways that social work can improve their lives. Ultimately, Tara would like to be a social worker in a hospital. “I hope to go into pediatric cardiology social work. I feel that I am able to relate to kids and their parents.” Tara has a 3.60 grade point average.


Parker Tubman

Parker Tubman of Totowa, NJ is an American Studies major. He admits that his junior year at Ramapo has been more difficult than the preceding ones. He went from a residential student to a commuter to save on housing costs. He has chosen to live with his grandmother, and the hour drive is sometimes too much after a day of classes and work. Parker is not able to purchase new text books. He only does so when there are no used books available. He is grateful for being a part of the College’s EOF program. However, the program only covered tuition during his freshman year. In the summer, he works two jobs to cover his car expenses and to save money for textbooks. Parker is proud that his mother is doing her best to assist him and feels a responsibility to do for himself. “A scholarship like this could make the life and financial challenges of a fatherless child during his junior year of college a lot smoother,” he said. Parker has a 3.52 grade point average.



2014 Recipients

Michael Stevens

Michael Stevens of Dumont, NJ Business Administration with a concentration in Management major. A full time student who holds a full time job, Michael finds time to serve as a volunteer with the Dumont Volunteer Fire Department. He would like to pursue an MBA. “Receiving a scholarship opens my eyes to the fact that I am capable of accomplishing many things in my academic career,” he said. Michael has a 2.57 grade point average.


Michael Marsh

Michael Marsh of Chatham, NJ is a Computer Science major and a Mathematics minor. He holds two jobs to help offset his college expenses. Michael always had difficulty focusing and sensed that he was different than his peers. He admits that he developed compensatory strategies to overcome any difficult task that he was presented with. In Mathematics, he learned to take his time and aim for quality over quantity. He would take breaks when writing a paper, a task he found challenging. Having difficulty focusing was his mother’s way of describing his disability – Attention Deficit Disorder. Michael’s mother expected the best from him. Being held accountable was the encouragement that fueled his desire to overcome his difficulties. Michael has a 3.36 grade point average.

This scholarship will help me with my career choice of Computer Science as most of the course materials I need for my classes will be used for the rest of my life.

Nicole Sanzari

Nicole Sanzari of River Edge, NJ is a Psychology major. She serves as secretary of the Psychology
Club and Dumbledore’s Army. Nicole also is a member of the Disney Club and the Film Society. She plans to attend graduate school and become a school psychologist. Nicole said completing this rigorous three years of schooling will bring her one step closer to earning a Psy.D. degree. She believes early diagnosis and educational accommodations are critical to special needs students. “Accommodations have proven instrumental for me personally in achieving high academic achievement. I would like to share my experiences and work toward enabling others like me to one day realize their potential,” she said. Nicole is intrigued by the unique one-on-one pathology involved with being a school psychologist. Her heart is in the difference she can make in the school environment. Nicole has a 3.77 grade point average.


Janine McCaffrey

 

Janine McCaffrey, of Cresskill, N.J. is a student in the School of Contemporary Arts with a concentration in digital film making. She has a 3.8 grade point average.

At Ramapo, Janine serves as treasurer of the Anime Pokemon Club. Off campus, she has been involved in Habitat for Humanity.

 

 

 


Garen Loshkajian

Garen Loshkajian of Saddle River, NJ is a Computer Science major and an Information Technology Management minor. He is a member of Chi Alpha Epsilon and was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He is active in the OSS Coalition, Pokémon Club and the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. A previous recipient of the scholarship, Garen says it provided financial support and the ability to participate in extracurricular activities and national honor societies to become the successful student that he is today. Garen has a 3.35 grade point average.


Amy Lando

Amy Lando of Madison, NJ is a Visual Communications Design major and a Visual Arts minor. She is president of the Creative Media Club and the National Communications Honor Society. Amy was inducted into the Golden Key National Honour Society. She is completing a graphic design internship and is a design assistant for a merchandizing company. Amy has completed mission trips with her church to Philadelphia, New York, Alabama and West Virginia. Amy has strived to make a positive impact during her time at Ramapo and has endeavored to become a leader and role model for other students. She has a 3.86 grade point average.


Alexis Elefteriou

Alexis Elefteriou of Palisades Park, NJ is a Psychology major and a Substance Abuse minor. Alexis has been inducted into the Alpha Lamba Delta Honor Society, Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is also a student representative for the Junior Board Committee. She says, “I usually strive to do well because it gives me self-satisfaction, but it was nice to receive outside recognition for my academic accomplishments. The scholarship helped me financially toward my goal to become an elementary school guidance counselor.” Alexis has a 3.85 grade point average.


Matthew Cicitta

Matthew Cicitta of Oakland, NJ is a Mathematics major who plans to pursue certification in Teacher Education. He is a member of the Leaders in Service Program. On campus he has held positions with the Fitness Center, as a math tutor and a counselor for the EOF summer program. Matthew also participates in Alternative Spring Break programs for which he completes service projects. He also coordinated food vending for attendees of Earth Fest at Ramapo College. Bullied in middle school, Matthew chose to remain silent. He came to realize that “comprehensible communication is one of the few gifts we are given and to give it up out of fear of being made fun of is ridiculous.” Now, Matthew fearlessly uses his voice to help him focus on what it means to be a student. He plans to continue to pursue his dream of becoming a high school teacher, a position that requires near perfect communication and social skills. He was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honour Society and Chi Alpha Epsilon, formed to recognize the academic achievements of students admitted to colleges and universities through non-traditional criteria. Its purposes are to promote continued high academic standards, to foster increased communication among its members and to honor academic excellence. Matthew has a 4.0 grade point average.

The scholarship that I received will act as funding for my future academic endeavors as well as represent a constant reminder that anyone can succeed as long as they put in the right amount of effort.

Stephen Drabik

Stephen Drabik of Boonton Township is majoring in Information Technology Management. Stephen works as a lab assistant on campus. He is treasurer of the Ramapo Archery Club and team vice president of the Ramapo Rock Climbing Club. He was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society. Stephen completed an internship at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. He is proud of the experience and says, “Every day I was surrounded by experts in their fields: nurses, doctors and specialists. I was able to help those professionals by solving technical issues that seemed trivial to me. This showed me that everyone needs assistance, and no one is skilled at everything.” Stephen has a 3.83 grade point average.

While my scholarship is financially significant, I am most proud of it because it is recognition for my hard work.

Megan Byrne

Megan Byrne of Hillsdale, NJ is a Psychology major and a Visual Arts minor. She has held several on-campus jobs. In addition she is a Student Government Class of 2015 representative, secretary of the Commuter Affairs Club, Pre-med/Pre-health Club and the Residence Hall Council, among others. She also completed a fieldwork placement at an after-school program for children who live in an underserved community. Megan describes it as “an amazing opportunity, which enabled me to inspire the individuality of creative expression in the children that I worked with.”

I am very appreciative to have been selected as one of the recipients of this scholarship. Receiving this scholarship has enabled me to focus more of my academic responsibilities.

Connor Balog

Connor Balog of Freehold, NJ is a Biology major. He is a member of the Biology Club, Pre- Med Club, Dance Marathon Club and the Kindersmile Junior Board. Connor, who wishes to become an oral maxillofacial surgeon, participated in a Kindersmile outreach trip to the mountains of Los Lomas, Guatemala in May 2013. He is proud of having completed more than 3,000 hours of orthodontic, general dentistry and oral surgeon shadowing and co-op field work. Connor’s life is guided by the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Instead of letting dyslexia get him down, he learned how to harness his frustrations and learn from them. Connor believes, “Everyone deserves a chance,” he said. Connor has a 3.33 grade point average.

By providing the right opportunity to success in my future endeavors, the Hirschman Scholarship is most appreciated.

Ella Shadi Ashabi

Ella Ashabi of Upper Saddle River, NJ is a Communications major and an Italian minor. She is secretary of the Italian Club. Ella has held off-campus jobs in child care, retail and management. She is proud to have completed an internship about which she says, “I have grown and learned what the business world expects of me.” A second time recipient of this scholarship, Ella says it “helped me pay for my books, which may not seem like a big thing to some, but it was a big deal to me.” Ella has a 2.99 grade point average.


Taylor Glickman

Taylor Glickman of Englewood, NJ is carrying a double major: History and American Studies. Taylor is an ambassador to the American Studies Club and a member of the Anti-Bullying Club, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Alpha Theta, the International History Honor Society, and the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society. She has worked as a congressional intern in the offices of Congressman Steven Rothman and Congressman Bill Pascrell. “Perception is an illusion,” said Taylor. “Perception becomes reality when one is able to accept the world as it is and to accept people as they are.” Taylor says that like Cara, she has embraced and channeled her learning struggles into a “spirit of joy” that helps maintain an aura of enthusiasm, passion and self-motivation. Taylor has a 3.40 grade point average.


Joy Abma

Joy Abma of Wyckoff , a Nursing major, has been awarded the Hirschman Scholarship.  What makes Joy a stand-out are her five mission trips to Mexico and New Orleans, her participation in walk-a-thons for breast cancer and diabetes awareness and a bike marathon for MS.  She’s also traveled with other Nursing students to Sierra Leone.  Joy is a member of the Nursing Student Organization.  She’s been named to the Dean’s List and, some semesters, has achieved a 4.0 grade point average.  Joy says, “Although these past three years of Nursing have been extremely difficult, I have decided that I would like to continue on to graduate school.  I hope to become a nurse practitioner and/or a nursing professor.”  She has learned that hard work and perseverance will help to make her dream become a reality.  Joy has a 3.80 grade point average.


Dana Magid

Dana Magid of Kinnelon, NJ is a Psychology major with a concentration in Substance Abuse. She says, “Success is a result of having confidence in yourself, not the confidence people have in you.” On campus Dana is involved with Active Minds. She also is a peer coach for other students with learning disabilities. She’s volunteered at a hospital, an animal shelter and for a mobile soup kitchen that feeds homeless people in Newark. Dana, who has a 3.16 grade point average, is well on her way to proving to herself that she can achieve anything.

Tara McFadden

Tara McFadden of Wyckoff, NJ is a Social Work major. She is a member of the OSS Coalition and performs community service with groups that raise money for awareness about congenital heart defects. Tara is completing an internship with an adult day care program. She says that she hopes to learn about the needs of the elderly and ways that social work can improve their lives. Ultimately, Tara would like to be a social worker in a hospital. “I hope to go into pediatric cardiology social work. I feel that I am able to relate to kids and their parents.” Tara has a 3.60 grade point average.


Adam Landesman

Adam Landesman of Hillsdale, NJ is a Communication Arts major. He writes for the college newspaper, Ramapo News. Adam is basking in the academic success he is enjoying at Ramapo College. He is proud of being named to the Dean’s List in 2013. He performs a variety of community service work including volunteering at a psychiatric hospital, washing cars for a rental car agency and leading group meetings for recovering alcoholics. He said, “Receiving the scholarship validated my confidence, It showed me that I am working hard and being successful and that confidence has elevated my performance academically another few notches.” Adam has a 3.50 grade point average.


Matthew Kobza

Matthew Kobza of Wharton, NJ is a Psychology and Social Contract major with a concentration in Community Mental Health. He has a minor in History. He is a senator-at-large for the Office of Student Conduct and a liaison to the Black Student Union. He has held leadership positions in Alpha Phi Omega National Community Service Fraternity, and is a member of the Judicial Review Board, Active Minds, Alpha Delta Lambda and the Study Club. Matthew coordinated several community service projects including a magazine drive for U.S. soldiers, a food drive for the Center for Food Action, a trip to Eva’s Village soup kitchen and another to Ramapo Habitat for Humanity. He is proud of performing 120 hours of community service through Alpha Phi Omega and in presenting his research, Social Media and Human Interaction, at the Ramapo College Psychology Symposium. A two-time recipient of the scholarship, Matthew said it reminds him to “have strong student skills, work ethic and ability to communicate with others.” Matthew has a 3.00 grade point average.


Christopher Gabbett

Christopher Gabbett of Raritan, NJ is a Communication Arts major with a concentration in Writing. He is minoring in Political Science and International Studies. He is a member of College Republicans, Ramapo Chorale, Political Forum and is active in WRPR. Putting his accomplishments on paper allowed Christopher to realize what a good year he has had. He is a research assistant for Professor Elvira Katic and works as a library assistant. He is particularly proud of being a head writer for a start-up production firm called Mom’s on the Roof Productions. The Web comics he wrote for them debuted in May 2013. He has also published other work. Christopher is considering a career in politics as a result of volunteering for political campaigns. He is proud of having tripled the membership of the Ramapo College Republicans. “I live to succeed and every success helps to propel me forward into the next,” he said. Christopher has a 3.90 grade point average.

This scholarship will help me to graduate free of student loans so that I may start the next chapter of my life without the shackles of debt.

Alexandra Castiglia

Alexandra Castiglia of Oak Ridge, NJ is a Psychology major and a Criminology minor. She is a member of and serves on the Executive Board of Alpha Phi Omega, the professional community service fraternity, Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassadors, United Asian Association and the Bischoff Hall Residence Hall Council. For more than 12 years, she has been involved with service activities with the Rotary Club. On campus, she has performed community service with the Kessler Foundation, Relay for Life and March of Dimes. Alexandra views her dyslexia as an ability, not a disability. “Having dyslexia has afforded me many opportunities I might not have had the chance to experience otherwise,” she said. Alexandra enjoys community service. “As long as I can make a small difference in one person’s life, then I’ve done my job,” she added. Alexandra has 3.30 grade point average.

This scholarship has given me the opportunity to finish my B.A. in Psychology and graduate to pursue my career in Forensic Psychology.

Parker Tubman

Parker Tubman of Totowa, NJ is an American Studies major. He admits that his junior year at Ramapo has been more difficult than the preceding ones. He went from a residential student to a commuter to save on housing costs. He has chosen to live with his grandmother, and the hour drive is sometimes too much after a day of classes and work. Parker is not able to purchase new text books. He only does so when there are no used books available. He is grateful for being a part of the College’s EOF program. However, the program only covered tuition during his freshman year. In the summer, he works two jobs to cover his car expenses and to save money for textbooks. Parker is proud that his mother is doing her best to assist him and feels a responsibility to do for himself. “A scholarship like this could make the life and financial challenges of a fatherless child during his junior year of college a lot smoother,” he said. Parker has a 3.52 grade point average.



2013 Recipients

Nicole Sanzari

Nicole Sanzari of River Edge, NJ is a Psychology major. She serves as secretary of the Psychology
Club and Dumbledore’s Army. Nicole also is a member of the Disney Club and the Film Society. She plans to attend graduate school and become a school psychologist. Nicole said completing this rigorous three years of schooling will bring her one step closer to earning a Psy.D. degree. She believes early diagnosis and educational accommodations are critical to special needs students. “Accommodations have proven instrumental for me personally in achieving high academic achievement. I would like to share my experiences and work toward enabling others like me to one day realize their potential,” she said. Nicole is intrigued by the unique one-on-one pathology involved with being a school psychologist. Her heart is in the difference she can make in the school environment. Nicole has a 3.77 grade point average.


Maureen Ingraham

Maureen Ingraham of Pittstown, NJ is a Communication Arts major with a concentration in Global Communications and Media. She is interested in films and international studies. “I hold honesty on a pedestal, bring determination into everything I set my mind to and am committed to completing tasks to the best of my ability.” To underscore the point, Maureen participated in a 5K race to benefit Philadelphia Special Olympics. Maureen has held a number of jobs to help pay for college including babysitting, waitressing, photography assistant and a tech assistant/monitor in the Ramapo art galleries. Maureen, who has a 3.86 grade point average, says that “being a student with a learning disability in no way holds you back from being the person you want to become.”


Shannon Kelly

Shannon Kelly of Bridgewater, NJ is a Communication Arts major with a concentration in Writing. When faced with the death of a friend and a cancer diagnosis for her mother, Shannon was determined to keep working hard. She reasoned that’s what her friend and her mother wanted. “It has truly been a blessing to be recognized as a Cara Mychelle Hirschman Scholarship recipient,” Shannon says, “and I pray that my effort this past year made her proud.” Shannon has a 3.62 grade point average.


Benjamin Hymson

Benjamin Hymson of Waldwick, NJ is a Political Science major and an International Studies minor. He is editor of Ramapo College’s yearbook and is active in College Democrats, Model United Nations, Phi Alpha Delta and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He also is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team. Benjamin learned to advocate for himself at a young age. Even in high school, he talked with his teachers about the compensatory strategies and accommodations he needed to succeed academically. Benjamin, who has a 3.55 grade point average, says the services offered by OSS have helped him to achieve his academic potential. He has been named to the Dean’s list in five out of six College semesters.

Joy Abma

Joy Abma of Wyckoff , a Nursing major, has been awarded the Hirschman Scholarship.  What makes Joy a stand-out are her five mission trips to Mexico and New Orleans, her participation in walk-a-thons for breast cancer and diabetes awareness and a bike marathon for MS.  She’s also traveled with other Nursing students to Sierra Leone.  Joy is a member of the Nursing Student Organization.  She’s been named to the Dean’s List and, some semesters, has achieved a 4.0 grade point average.  Joy says, “Although these past three years of Nursing have been extremely difficult, I have decided that I would like to continue on to graduate school.  I hope to become a nurse practitioner and/or a nursing professor.”  She has learned that hard work and perseverance will help to make her dream become a reality.  Joy has a 3.80 grade point average.


Dana Magid

Dana Magid of Kinnelon, NJ is a Psychology major with a concentration in Substance Abuse. She says, “Success is a result of having confidence in yourself, not the confidence people have in you.” On campus Dana is involved with Active Minds. She also is a peer coach for other students with learning disabilities. She’s volunteered at a hospital, an animal shelter and for a mobile soup kitchen that feeds homeless people in Newark. Dana, who has a 3.16 grade point average, is well on her way to proving to herself that she can achieve anything.

Tara McFadden

Tara McFadden of Wyckoff, NJ is a Social Work major. She is a member of the OSS Coalition and performs community service with groups that raise money for awareness about congenital heart defects. Tara is completing an internship with an adult day care program. She says that she hopes to learn about the needs of the elderly and ways that social work can improve their lives. Ultimately, Tara would like to be a social worker in a hospital. “I hope to go into pediatric cardiology social work. I feel that I am able to relate to kids and their parents.” Tara has a 3.60 grade point average.


Mark Merone

Mark Merone of Middletown, NJ is a Law and Society major. He credits the staff in the Office of Specialized Services with helping him to structure the work expected of him in college and to focus. Mark, who has a 3.13 grade point average, is particularly proud of an academically exemplary sophomore year. Now a junior, he says, “I needed help getting to the person I am today so I try as much as I can to help a person in need.”

It’s an honor to receive this scholarship and I am ever thankful.

Radhika Shah

Radhika Shah of Montvale, NJ is majoring in Nursing and Psychology. After completing an externship in behavioral health, Radhika is considering psychiatric nursing. Radhika volunteers with a youth group at Vraj Temple and at Sunrise Assisted Living. “Interacting with people helps build skills in communicating therapeutically, which is a skill required in Nursing,” the senior says. Radhika, who has a 3.05 grade point average, says, “receiving the scholarship has been an honor and has affected my life in a positive way.”


Amanda Legoskey

Amanda Legoskey of Voorhees, NJ is a Literature major. On campus, Amanda is active with the Women’s Center. Before transferring to Ramapo from a community college, Amanda was a note taker and mentor for students with disabilities. She has worked at a local supermarket since 2006. Amanda, who has a 3.09 grade point average, plans to earn a Ph.D. so that she may become a Literature professor.

This scholarship will help me in the future by bringing me a step closer to my goal of becoming a college professor.

Elizabeth Wojtowicz

Elizabeth Wojtowicz of West Milford, NJ is a Psychology major with a 3.28 grade point average. At Ramapo, she completed a 200-hour program to earn a teaching certification inYoga and is a member of theYoga Club. Elizabeth is involved with the Student Government Association and the Environmental Club. She was inducted into the Theta Kappa Honor Society, named to the Dean’s List and received an Academic Excellence Award. Elizabeth helps organize the Special Olympics and volunteers for the March of Dimes.

Adam Landesman

Adam Landesman of Hillsdale, NJ is a Communication Arts major. He writes for the college newspaper, Ramapo News. Adam is basking in the academic success he is enjoying at Ramapo College. He is proud of being named to the Dean’s List in 2013. He performs a variety of community service work including volunteering at a psychiatric hospital, washing cars for a rental car agency and leading group meetings for recovering alcoholics. He said, “Receiving the scholarship validated my confidence, It showed me that I am working hard and being successful and that confidence has elevated my performance academically another few notches.” Adam has a 3.50 grade point average.

This scholarship will help me achieve my dream of writing scripts and fiction novels. Education enables me to overcome my obstacles, and better my future. This scholarship enhances my financial flexibilities, and makes college more affordable. For that I am truly grateful and highly appreciative. I look forward to personally thanking the benefactors of this award as well as putting in the work to make it count.

Matthew Kobza

Matthew Kobza of Wharton, NJ is a Psychology and Social Contract major with a concentration in Community Mental Health. He has a minor in History. He is a senator-at-large for the Office of Student Conduct and a liaison to the Black Student Union. He has held leadership positions in Alpha Phi Omega National Community Service Fraternity, and is a member of the Judicial Review Board, Active Minds, Alpha Delta Lambda and the Study Club. Matthew coordinated several community service projects including a magazine drive for U.S. soldiers, a food drive for the Center for Food Action, a trip to Eva’s Village soup kitchen and another to Ramapo Habitat for Humanity. He is proud of performing 120 hours of community service through Alpha Phi Omega and in presenting his research, Social Media and Human Interaction, at the Ramapo College Psychology Symposium. A two-time recipient of the scholarship, Matthew said it reminds him to “have strong student skills, work ethic and ability to communicate with others.” Matthew has a 3.00 grade point average.


Nancy Pandiscia

Nancy Pandiscia of Verona, NJ is a Social Work major. A returning adult student, she was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 43. This, after being a stay-at-home mom, a birth doula, a child birth educator and an office manager. Nancy, who has a 3.64 grade point average, has a message: “It was a difficult year for me but your encouragement and belief in me has lifted me up. I want to show my gratitude by continuing to pursue a dream that I have held for a long time.”


Demi Piekarsky

“Daily, I strive to overcome my learning disability while attempting to enrich the lives of many,” says Demi Piekarsky of Wyckoff, NJ. Demi is an EMT for the towns of Wyckoff and Hawthorne, both in New Jersey, and Blue Rill Day Camp, NY. She also volunteers in the Emergency Department at The Valley Hospital. On campus, Demi is majoring in Psychology with a Biology minor. She has a 3.45 grade point average. Demi is vice president of Hillel and a peer academic coach for first year students registered with the Office of Specialized Services. “I am a competent and warmhearted person to have during a time of crisis,” says Demi who interested in pursuing a post-undergraduate Nursing degree.

Receiving this scholarship will help me pursue higher education after Ramapo College. I will continue my education in Nursing.

Christopher Gabbett

Christopher Gabbett of Raritan, NJ is a Communication Arts major with a concentration in Writing. He is minoring in Political Science and International Studies. He is a member of College Republicans, Ramapo Chorale, Political Forum and is active in WRPR. Putting his accomplishments on paper allowed Christopher to realize what a good year he has had. He is a research assistant for Professor Elvira Katic and works as a library assistant. He is particularly proud of being a head writer for a start-up production firm called Mom’s on the Roof Productions. The Web comics he wrote for them debuted in May 2013. He has also published other work. Christopher is considering a career in politics as a result of volunteering for political campaigns. He is proud of having tripled the membership of the Ramapo College Republicans. “I live to succeed and every success helps to propel me forward into the next,” he said. Christopher has a 3.90 grade point average.

This scholarship will help me to start my post-college studies free of debt.

Parker Tubman

Parker Tubman of Totowa, NJ is an American Studies major. He admits that his junior year at Ramapo has been more difficult than the preceding ones. He went from a residential student to a commuter to save on housing costs. He has chosen to live with his grandmother, and the hour drive is sometimes too much after a day of classes and work. Parker is not able to purchase new text books. He only does so when there are no used books available. He is grateful for being a part of the College’s EOF program. However, the program only covered tuition during his freshman year. In the summer, he works two jobs to cover his car expenses and to save money for textbooks. Parker is proud that his mother is doing her best to assist him and feels a responsibility to do for himself. “A scholarship like this could make the life and financial challenges of a fatherless child during his junior year of college a lot smoother,” he said. Parker has a 3.52 grade point average.



2012 Recipients

Dolores Costanzo

“My passion for the social work profession and advocacy for others is my highest priority,” says Dolores Costanzo of Mount Laurel, NJ. She credits receiving the scholarship with allowing her to continue her education in Social Work. “When perceived in the real world as a professional, I can, without a doubt, attend to matters of social injustice in the most appropriate, accurate way.” Dolores consistently demonstrates her penchant for advocacy by volunteering for the Special Olympics, tutoring in the Office of Specialized Services, interning at the Center for Food Action and Care Plus New Jersey – Families First, as a peer facilitator and holding several positions with Residence Life. Dolores, who has a 3.61 grade point average, is president of the Social Work Club, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has been named to the Phi Alpha Honor Society and the Rho Alpha Sigma Honor Society.


Jessica Waxenbaum

Jessica Waxenbaum of Mahwah, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Management. During her junior year she became a community assistant for the College Park Apartments. One of her favorite aspects of the job is to help students have a satisfying experience at Ramapo. In this position Jessica has learned new skills, how to structure her study time and to challenge herself. She’s also held positions as a notetaker, student aide, summer resident assistant and a business management intern for the Mahwah Museum. Jessica, who has a 3.59 grade point average, looks forward to graduating with honors and pursing an MBA.


Paul Catanzaro

Paul Catanzaro of Paramus, NJ is a Digital Filmmaking major. He is energy on wheels. A member of the Ramapo College Roller Hockey Club Team, he traveled more than six weekends to Pennsylvania to play. Prior to enrolling at Ramapo, he earned an A.A.S. degree from Bergen Community College. Here, he’s a Communications major with a concentration in Digital Filmmaking and volunteers to help his classmates on course projects. He completed an internship as an editing assistant with a photography company and hopes to obtain a position in the area of production. Paul, who has a 3.21 grade point average, says the scholarship gave him the confidence to enjoy the college experience. “Having a learning disability makes us have to prove ourselves, but confidence in ourselves makes other people pay a little more attention to us. I believe that is the most important lesson I learned this year.”


Paul White

Paul White of Milford, NJ is interested in several majors: History, Political Science, Literature and languages. His academic career has been one of frustration, he admits, with teachers questioning his ability to get high test scores but subpar course grades. Paul has put in place several organizational strategies using lists and notebooks to help him get to the heart of an assignment. He is a member of the Sci-fi Club, a costume shop assistant at the Berrie Center and works on his parents’ sustainable dairy farm. Paul, who has a 3.00 grade point average, was named to the Dean’s List. “This is an important milestone for me,” he says, “my journey is far from complete. I will continue to work hard at overcoming the challenges I face, both current and future.”

Taylor Glickman

Taylor Glickman of Englewood, NJ is carrying a double major: History and American Studies. Taylor is an ambassador to the American Studies Club and a member of the Anti-Bullying Club, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Alpha Theta, the International History Honor Society, and the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society. She has worked as a congressional intern in the offices of Congressman Steven Rothman and Congressman Bill Pascrell. “Perception is an illusion,” said Taylor. “Perception becomes reality when one is able to accept the world as it is and to accept people as they are.” Taylor says that like Cara, she has embraced and channeled her learning struggles into a “spirit of joy” that helps maintain an aura of enthusiasm, passion and self-motivation. Taylor has a 3.40 grade point average.


Danielle Feller

Danielle Feller of Ridgewood, NJ says receiving the scholarship allows her to carry out Cara’s spirit and her will to succeed. Danielle gravitates toward Art. She enjoys Sculpture and Metaphysics, both of which use intuitive thinking, an area she believes she navigates with more success than academics. Sculpture allows Danielle to think in three dimensions. She enjoys working with clay that gets poured into metal. Danielle, who is a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, also enjoys babysitting, swimming and running. Danielle, who has a 3.39 grade point average, says, “A person needs to work through their frustrations to solve problems in their art and in life.”

Michael Bender

Michael Bender of Florham Park, NJ is a History major. He initially declared Business as his major while learning to speak Chinese. His decision to become an EMT so he could serve on Ramapo’s volunteer service was life, and major, changing. He wanted to become a Nursing major. However, the pre-req science courses are for Nursing students accepted to the program as freshmen. Not to be dissuaded, Michael is now a History major. In addition, he attends the County College of Morris to complete the required Nursing pre-reqs. When he graduates in June, Michael, whose grade point average at Ramapo is 3.29, will have completed Intermediate Chinese and will enroll in an accelerated Nursing Program that will allow him to get a BSN in Nursing. Michael says, “Cara’s message of determination reminds me that we can overcome difficulties by recognizing our strengths. I am so excited by the possibilities.”


Joshua Wanger

Joshua Wanger of Nanuet, NY, a Political Science major, graduated December 2011. He says receiving the scholarship has eased the costs of tuition and living on campus. Living on campus, and becoming more independent, was important to Joshua as was the opportunity to meet people, gain knowledge and learn more about himself. He is grateful for the opportunity to attend on campus lectures and events. He served as corresponding secretary for the Coed National Community Service Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, secretary of the Study Club and was a member of Hillel and Political Forum. Joshua has completed internships with Senator David Carlucci and Congressman Eliot Engel. Joshua, who graduated with a 3.63 grade point average, was named to the Political Science Honor Society and Golden Key International Honour Society.


Shannon Kelly

Shannon Kelly of Bridgewater, NJ is a Communication Arts major with a concentration in Writing. When faced with the death of a friend and a cancer diagnosis for her mother, Shannon was determined to keep working hard. She reasoned that’s what her friend and her mother wanted. “It has truly been a blessing to be recognized as a Cara Mychelle Hirschman Scholarship recipient,” Shannon says, “and I pray that my effort this past year made her proud.” Shannon has a 3.62 grade point average.


Joy Abma

Joy Abma of Wyckoff , a Nursing major, has been awarded the Hirschman Scholarship.  What makes Joy a stand-out are her five mission trips to Mexico and New Orleans, her participation in walk-a-thons for breast cancer and diabetes awareness and a bike marathon for MS.  She’s also traveled with other Nursing students to Sierra Leone.  Joy is a member of the Nursing Student Organization.  She’s been named to the Dean’s List and, some semesters, has achieved a 4.0 grade point average.  Joy says, “Although these past three years of Nursing have been extremely difficult, I have decided that I would like to continue on to graduate school.  I hope to become a nurse practitioner and/or a nursing professor.”  She has learned that hard work and perseverance will help to make her dream become a reality.  Joy has a 3.80 grade point average.


Radhika Shah

Radhika Shah of Montvale, NJ is majoring in Nursing and Psychology. After completing an externship in behavioral health, Radhika is considering psychiatric nursing. Radhika volunteers with a youth group at Vraj Temple and at Sunrise Assisted Living. “Interacting with people helps build skills in communicating therapeutically, which is a skill required in Nursing,” the senior says. Radhika, who has a 3.05 grade point average, says, “receiving the scholarship has been an honor and has affected my life in a positive way.”


Nancy Pandiscia

Nancy Pandiscia of Verona, NJ is a Social Work major. A returning adult student, she was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 43. This, after being a stay-at-home mom, a birth doula, a child birth educator and an office manager. Nancy, who has a 3.64 grade point average, has a message: “It was a difficult year for me but your encouragement and belief in me has lifted me up. I want to show my gratitude by continuing to pursue a dream that I have held for a long time.”


Christopher Gabbett

Christopher Gabbett of Raritan, NJ is a Communication Arts major with a concentration in Writing. He is minoring in Political Science and International Studies. He is a member of College Republicans, Ramapo Chorale, Political Forum and is active in WRPR. Putting his accomplishments on paper allowed Christopher to realize what a good year he has had. He is a research assistant for Professor Elvira Katic and works as a library assistant. He is particularly proud of being a head writer for a start-up production firm called Mom’s on the Roof Productions. The Web comics he wrote for them debuted in May 2013. He has also published other work. Christopher is considering a career in politics as a result of volunteering for political campaigns. He is proud of having tripled the membership of the Ramapo College Republicans. “I live to succeed and every success helps to propel me forward into the next,” he said. Christopher has a 3.90 grade point average.



2011 Recipients

Max Hensley

Max Hensley of Ridgewood, NJ attended Brandeis University before enrolling at Ramapo College. A competitive fencer, Max has worked as a referee at several fencing tournaments, including high school competitions. He is studying for a personal trainer certification through the American Council of Exercise. He is an Environmental Science major because it is his hope to “assist the community and the world with conservation and sustainable agricultural issues.” He has earned a 2.90 grade point average. He says the scholarship “has helped to facilitate my continued education and activities at Ramapo.”

I hope this scholarship will further my goal of attending graduate school and pursuing a career in academia.

Eric Rittenhouse

Eric Rittenhouse of Monmouth Junction, NJ, a previous recipient, spent a semester in London where he studied at The University of Westminster. “I have grown not only academicially through coursework, but also culturally, living in one of the greatest cities in the world.” He was named to the Dean’s List and is active in the Accounting Club, the Outdoors Club, intramural bowling and works in his family’s insurance agency. The Accounting major, who plans to take the CPA exam, has a 3.22 grade point average.


Joseph Miceli

Joseph Miceli of Holmdel, NJ says the scholarship enabled him to help with some of his college expenses, including text books. A motivated and caring person, last summer Joseph helped his family raise a Seeing Eye puppy, volunteered at Lunch Break, a soup kitchen in Red Bank, took a college course to help with his credit load and worked as a delivery person for a pharmacy. Joseph, a Psychology major who has a 3.03 grade point average says, “I utilize my strengths to overcome obstacles and seek the many resources that are available to me.”

This scholarship will help pay for college.

Christopher Mazawey

Christopher Mazawey of Woodcliff Lake, NJ says, “I dedicate every day to learning and personal betterment. I view every day as a unique opportunity to make a difference and improve the world around me.” Christopher was an accomplished athlete at Pascack Hills High School, where he played soccer, basketball and competed in track and field. He set a new school record in the 1,600-meter relay his junior year and his basketball team became state champions. At Ramapo Chris is a Political Science major with a Public Policy minor. He has a 3.18 grade point average and was named to the Dean’s List. He is a member of the Italian Club and hopes to be named to Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society.


Christopher Lowenhaupt

Christopher Lowenhaupt of Hillsborough, NJ is a senior majoring in Computer Science. He works in the Office of Specialized Services’ AssistiveTechnology Lab and is the assistant captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team. While he takes great pride in the team’s success, placing fourth in a nationwide coed tournament in Georgia, he is most proud of making the Dean’s List and completing his third summer internship with the Naval UnderseaWarfare Center in Rhode Island. Christopher, who has a 3.17 grade point average, says, “I know if I work hard and do my best, I will find a way to be successful.”


Melissa Klang

Melissa Klang of Ocean, NJ is a Communication Arts major concentrating in Journalism. She has a 2.91 grade point average. Melissa says, “I always put forth a great effort and never stop trying. I voice my opinion and express what I need in order to strive in school.” Melissa is active in Colleges Against Cancer, the Dorm Storm voter registration drive and works as a babysitter and at a real estate agency. She muses, “Maybe I was given a learning disability to strive to be the best I can and overcome it.”

Dolores Costanzo

“My passion for the social work profession and advocacy for others is my highest priority,” says Dolores Costanzo of Mount Laurel, NJ. She credits receiving the scholarship with allowing her to continue her education in Social Work. “When perceived in the real world as a professional, I can, without a doubt, attend to matters of social injustice in the most appropriate, accurate way.” Dolores consistently demonstrates her penchant for advocacy by volunteering for the Special Olympics, tutoring in the Office of Specialized Services, interning at the Center for Food Action and Care Plus New Jersey – Families First, as a peer facilitator and holding several positions with Residence Life. Dolores, who has a 3.61 grade point average, is president of the Social Work Club, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has been named to the Phi Alpha Honor Society and the Rho Alpha Sigma Honor Society.


Jessica Waxenbaum

Jessica Waxenbaum of Mahwah, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Management. During her junior year she became a community assistant for the College Park Apartments. One of her favorite aspects of the job is to help students have a satisfying experience at Ramapo. In this position Jessica has learned new skills, how to structure her study time and to challenge herself. She’s also held positions as a notetaker, student aide, summer resident assistant and a business management intern for the Mahwah Museum. Jessica, who has a 3.59 grade point average, looks forward to graduating with honors and pursing an MBA.


Paul Catanzaro

Paul Catanzaro of Paramus, NJ is a Digital Filmmaking major. He is energy on wheels. A member of the Ramapo College Roller Hockey Club Team, he traveled more than six weekends to Pennsylvania to play. Prior to enrolling at Ramapo, he earned an A.A.S. degree from Bergen Community College. Here, he’s a Communications major with a concentration in Digital Filmmaking and volunteers to help his classmates on course projects. He completed an internship as an editing assistant with a photography company and hopes to obtain a position in the area of production. Paul, who has a 3.21 grade point average, says the scholarship gave him the confidence to enjoy the college experience. “Having a learning disability makes us have to prove ourselves, but confidence in ourselves makes other people pay a little more attention to us. I believe that is the most important lesson I learned this year.”

I have never been recognized for my academics so this definitely gives me confidence. Also, it will help motivate me to have a great future.

Joshua Wanger

Joshua Wanger of Nanuet, NY, a Political Science major, graduated December 2011. He says receiving the scholarship has eased the costs of tuition and living on campus. Living on campus, and becoming more independent, was important to Joshua as was the opportunity to meet people, gain knowledge and learn more about himself. He is grateful for the opportunity to attend on campus lectures and events. He served as corresponding secretary for the Coed National Community Service Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, secretary of the Study Club and was a member of Hillel and Political Forum. Joshua has completed internships with Senator David Carlucci and Congressman Eliot Engel. Joshua, who graduated with a 3.63 grade point average, was named to the Political Science Honor Society and Golden Key International Honour Society.


Shannon Kelly

Shannon Kelly of Bridgewater, NJ is a Communication Arts major with a concentration in Writing. When faced with the death of a friend and a cancer diagnosis for her mother, Shannon was determined to keep working hard. She reasoned that’s what her friend and her mother wanted. “It has truly been a blessing to be recognized as a Cara Mychelle Hirschman Scholarship recipient,” Shannon says, “and I pray that my effort this past year made her proud.” Shannon has a 3.62 grade point average.



2010 Recipients

Patrick Sullivan

Patrick Sullivan is a member of the College’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams, and is a record holder in the distance medley relay and the 4 x 800 relay. He was named to the Athlete Honor Society for his efforts. A Law and Society major, Patrick has made the Dean’s List each semester and has a grade point average of 3.71. In addition to maintaining a focus on his studies, Patrick is active in the Philosophy Club and serves on the Stewardship Committee of his church. He also works at the Delta/Marcliff Insurance Agency. “Getting this scholarship gives me pride in the work and effort that I have put in and continue to put in to my studies,” he says. Patrick is a senior from Oak Ridge, NJ.


Amanda Castro-Conroy

Amanda Castro-Conroy of West Milford, NJ lives for the stage. She has been amassing acting, dance and vocal experience since high school. At Ramapo Amanda is a Theater major concentrating in Acting, and has earned a 2.50 grade point average. She is in her senior year and is an E-Board member of theTheatre Honor Society. “The most remarkable quality about Cara Hirschman,” says Amanda, “was the fact she was open about her disability. Growing up, I tried to keep my dyslexia a secret from my classmates. Now, people get to know the real you after they know the struggles you’ve survived and how it’s strengthened you as a person.”


Brian Sella

Brian Sella is the lead singer-songwriter for his band, The Front Bottoms. The band has performed in Ramashows and opened for Vanessa Carlton when she performed on campus. Along with performing and attending school full-time, Brian works part-time at a supermarket to help pay for his education. He is majoring in Contemporary Arts and has a grade point average of 3.30. The Woodcliff Lake, NJ resident says, “Hard work, respect for others and a positive attitude makes all the difference in the real world.”

This scholarship is helping me get what I need to finish my education so I am able to secure a job and live a fulfilling life.

Michael Lake

Freshman Michael Lake of Morris Plains, NJ is enrolled in the School of American and International Studies and has earned a 3.35 grade point average. He’s volunteered for the Big Brother Big Sisters program, traveled to Costa Rica to help build houses in poor communities and began a gardening company to assist the elderly who had difficulty with gardening tasks. He has worked as an office assistant for a doctor and, to help narrow his academic choices, shadowed a lawyer. At Ramapo,Michael is a member of the Outdoor Club and Hillel. He says, “I’ve been able to overcome numerous struggles and discouragements, improve my character and test scores, as well as adopt a positive attitude, all on the road to independence.”

Justin Hines

Justin Hines, a transfer student, chose Ramapo because the College “specialized in working with students with learning disabilities to prepare them for compensating.” Justin is majoring in Psychology and has earned a 2.53 grade point average. He credits his specialized services advisor with helping him to achieve success. Justin is from Cinnaminson, NJ.

It will pave the way to open doors and opportunities I may not have had.

Matthew H. Heitman

Matthew H.Heitman is a senior majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. He’s immersed himself in college life by becoming a member of the History and Republican Clubs and was accepted into the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society for Excellence in History, the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society for Excellence in Political Science and has made the Dean’s List several times. Matthew, who hails from Saddle River, NJ and has a grade point average of 3.48 says, “My father, who was my role model and mentor, taught me to go above and beyond to accomplish my goals. His premature death has made me more determined than ever to succeed.”

The scholarship will help me with my future studies in Law.

Sarah Warren

Sarah Warren, a Business Administration/ Finance major from Belle Mead, NJ is passionate about her studies and humanitarian causes. The senior, who has a grade point average of 3.84, is proud of her induction into Delta Mu Delta National Business Honor Society. As president of the Operation Smile Student Association, she helped organize numerous fundraisers. Sarah believes it is imperative to make a difference through action and particularly enjoys working as a tutor for the Office of Specialized Services.


Max Hensley

Max Hensley of Ridgewood, NJ attended Brandeis University before enrolling at Ramapo College. A competitive fencer, Max has worked as a referee at several fencing tournaments, including high school competitions. He is studying for a personal trainer certification through the American Council of Exercise. He is an Environmental Science major because it is his hope to “assist the community and the world with conservation and sustainable agricultural issues.” He has earned a 2.90 grade point average. He says the scholarship “has helped to facilitate my continued education and activities at Ramapo.”


Eric Rittenhouse

Eric Rittenhouse of Monmouth Junction, NJ, a previous recipient, spent a semester in London where he studied at The University of Westminster. “I have grown not only academicially through coursework, but also culturally, living in one of the greatest cities in the world.” He was named to the Dean’s List and is active in the Accounting Club, the Outdoors Club, intramural bowling and works in his family’s insurance agency. The Accounting major, who plans to take the CPA exam, has a 3.22 grade point average.


Joseph Miceli

Joseph Miceli of Holmdel, NJ says the scholarship enabled him to help with some of his college expenses, including text books. A motivated and caring person, last summer Joseph helped his family raise a Seeing Eye puppy, volunteered at Lunch Break, a soup kitchen in Red Bank, took a college course to help with his credit load and worked as a delivery person for a pharmacy. Joseph, a Psychology major who has a 3.03 grade point average says, “I utilize my strengths to overcome obstacles and seek the many resources that are available to me.”


Christopher Lowenhaupt

Christopher Lowenhaupt of Hillsborough, NJ is a senior majoring in Computer Science. He works in the Office of Specialized Services’ AssistiveTechnology Lab and is the assistant captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team. While he takes great pride in the team’s success, placing fourth in a nationwide coed tournament in Georgia, he is most proud of making the Dean’s List and completing his third summer internship with the Naval UnderseaWarfare Center in Rhode Island. Christopher, who has a 3.17 grade point average, says, “I know if I work hard and do my best, I will find a way to be successful.”


Dolores Costanzo

“My passion for the social work profession and advocacy for others is my highest priority,” says Dolores Costanzo of Mount Laurel, NJ. She credits receiving the scholarship with allowing her to continue her education in Social Work. “When perceived in the real world as a professional, I can, without a doubt, attend to matters of social injustice in the most appropriate, accurate way.” Dolores consistently demonstrates her penchant for advocacy by volunteering for the Special Olympics, tutoring in the Office of Specialized Services, interning at the Center for Food Action and Care Plus New Jersey – Families First, as a peer facilitator and holding several positions with Residence Life. Dolores, who has a 3.61 grade point average, is president of the Social Work Club, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has been named to the Phi Alpha Honor Society and the Rho Alpha Sigma Honor Society.


Jessica Waxenbaum

Jessica Waxenbaum of Mahwah, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Management. During her junior year she became a community assistant for the College Park Apartments. One of her favorite aspects of the job is to help students have a satisfying experience at Ramapo. In this position Jessica has learned new skills, how to structure her study time and to challenge herself. She’s also held positions as a notetaker, student aide, summer resident assistant and a business management intern for the Mahwah Museum. Jessica, who has a 3.59 grade point average, looks forward to graduating with honors and pursing an MBA.

Scholarships show that students are able to help the College aim for bigger and better goals, and has shown me that I have made some sort of impact here. I have had many accomplishments so far, and the generosity of my benefactor gives me confidence that I will continue to achieve whatever I set my mind to.

Michael Bender

Michael Bender of Florham Park, NJ is a History major. He initially declared Business as his major while learning to speak Chinese. His decision to become an EMT so he could serve on Ramapo’s volunteer service was life, and major, changing. He wanted to become a Nursing major. However, the pre-req science courses are for Nursing students accepted to the program as freshmen. Not to be dissuaded, Michael is now a History major. In addition, he attends the County College of Morris to complete the required Nursing pre-reqs. When he graduates in June, Michael, whose grade point average at Ramapo is 3.29, will have completed Intermediate Chinese and will enroll in an accelerated Nursing Program that will allow him to get a BSN in Nursing. Michael says, “Cara’s message of determination reminds me that we can overcome difficulties by recognizing our strengths. I am so excited by the possibilities.”


Joshua Wanger

Joshua Wanger of Nanuet, NY, a Political Science major, graduated December 2011. He says receiving the scholarship has eased the costs of tuition and living on campus. Living on campus, and becoming more independent, was important to Joshua as was the opportunity to meet people, gain knowledge and learn more about himself. He is grateful for the opportunity to attend on campus lectures and events. He served as corresponding secretary for the Coed National Community Service Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, secretary of the Study Club and was a member of Hillel and Political Forum. Joshua has completed internships with Senator David Carlucci and Congressman Eliot Engel. Joshua, who graduated with a 3.63 grade point average, was named to the Political Science Honor Society and Golden Key International Honour Society.

It will prepare me for my future by pushing me to work and achieve my goals. I know I can succeed, no matter how I get there.


2009 Recipients

Amanda Trott

Amanda Trott is a graduate of Bergen Community College where she was involved in the Dance Team and was a peer educator. At Ramapo Amanda is a junior majoring in social science with a minor in psychology. She is involved in Ramashows and the Office of Specialized Services Coalition. Amanda is a member of Meaningful Movements Dance Company, an adaptive dance company for individuals with disabilities. “We’ve performed in Maryland, Florida, and Massachusetts,” she says, “to encourage disabled children to express themselves.” She has been working at the Garfield Library since 2000, and works on campus in the Advisement Center. Amanda is from Garfield, New Jersey.

This scholarship enabled me to buy my textbooks. Cara Mychelle Hirschman inspires me because despite her disability she was a tutor and an active member of the Ramapo community.”

Jeremy Blumstein

Jeremy Blumstein is a junior who transferred to Ramapo College from Middlesex County College with a 3.23 grade point average. Jeremy is a graduate of J.P. Stevens High School in Edison, New Jersey. He is majoring in business administration and marketing in the Anisfield School of Business. Jeremy plays intramural basketball and also bowls. He has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Buddy Ball of Edison.

It shows how I have been able to overcome obstacles in life and become the man I am today.

Susan Gail Griffin

Susan Gail Griffin is from Mahwah, New Jersey and graduated from Rockland Community College (SUNY) with a 3.34 grade point average. She is a senior psychology major interested in working with children with disabilities. Susan is a member of SADD, Phi Sigma Omicron honor society, and is a student member of the American Psychological Association.


Anthony Chirdo

Anthony Chirdo lives in Elmwood Park, New Jersey and is a graduate of Paramus Catholic High School and Bergen Community College. He is a senior majoring in history, and his grade point average is 3.26. Anthony is a busy volunteer fire fighter, Eagle Scout, member of the Elmwood Park Planning Board, an usher at St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church, and director of Camp Turrell operated by the Boy Scouts of America. He is proud of the twenty-page paper he researched and wrote for his senior history seminar on Wall Street and political corruption in the early days of America.

The scholarship I received through the Office of Specialized Services means a lot to me because of my struggle with my studies. Knowing that there are others out there who believe in my success means the world to me.

Matthew Young

“I am majoring in biochemistry so that I can become either a pharmacist or a researcher and developer for new cures,” says Matthew Young. Matthew is a sophomore and has earned a 3.31 grade point average. Matthew is a graduate of John P. Stevens High School where he played soccer and was on the bowling team. At Ramapo he is a member of the intramural bowling league, where he placed first last year.

The Hirschman’s generosity means a lot to me.The scholarship money will help pay for my books. Although the scholarship is based on a tragic event, it helped me realize that anything can happen, no matter what kind of person you are. So I am going to try to have more fun, but obviously school comes first.

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown is a sophomore from Upper Montclair, New Jersey. He is majoring in digital film making in the school of Contemporary Arts, and earned a grade point average of 3.08 in his freshman year. Besides a full academic program, Andrew is an assistant coach for the Montclair Boys Volleyball Team, manager of a dry cleaner in Montclair, works for The Food Company caterers, and is captain of a volleyball team that plays out of Ridgewood High School. He credits his receipt of the Hirschman scholarship last year as providing motivation and confidence to succeed with diverse responsibilities, and has enhanced his writing, analytical, communication and organizational skills.

Larissa Rota

Larissa Rota is a junior from Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, a graduate of Indian Hills High School, and a transfer from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Majoring in media and cinema studies with a minor in psychology, Larissa’s grade point average is 3.41. In high school Larissa played varsity soccer for four years, and played soccer at FDU her freshman year. She also sings and writes songs, is an environmental activist and a volunteer for New York City Relief Bus organization. Larissa was an intern at CNBC Business News where she helped produce news reports, and interned at DWJ Television working as an assistant producer helping to create segments aired on various news stations.

Ramapo College has created a warm and welcoming environment. The generosity of the faculty within the Office of Specialized Services Department has allowed me to grow as a student and gain trust in the notion that education has and will always be at the core of CHANGE!

Dale O’Dell

“I am working toward becoming a professional actor,” says Dale O’Dell. He is a junior at Ramapo majoring in theater with a concentration in acting. Before enrolling in Ramapo Dale earned an associate’s degree at Rockland Community College where he was a member of the Campus Players and the Rockland Shakespeare Company. He is involved with local community theatres including the Antrim Playhouse (Suffern, NY), the Small Town and Fancy Players (Mahwah, NJ), St. Catherine’s Theatre Group (Blauvelt, NY), and The Players (Montvale, NJ). Dale has earned a 3.66 grade point average and is from Garnerville, New York.


Megan Leigh Campbell

Megan Leigh Campbell is a senior from Leonia, New Jersey majoring in psychology and will receive her teacher certification in elementary teaching and eventually will be certified in special education as well. A graduate of Bergen Community College, Megan’s grade point average at Ramapo College is 3.40. A recipient of several awards and scholarships, Megan is an active worker in volunteer programs that assist persons with disabilities. Megan completed an extensive internship at the Colonial Road School in Franklin Lakes where she worked in the CAPS program with children with autism. “It was both challenging and overwhelming at times, but seeing a child succeed was heartwarming,” she says.


Andrew Cozin

Andrew Cozin lives in Bernardsville, New Jersey and is an environmental studies major, and mathematics minor in his senior year, and has a 3.70 grade point average. In high school Andrew played varsity baseball, was team captain and All County Baseball in 2004. He has been on the Dean’s list repeatedly and works as a peer tutor. Currently, as part of his environmental studies major Andrew is finding, identifying and testing scat samples along the New York/New Jersey state line. He is looking for evidence of lead contamination of species in the area.


Patrick Sullivan

Patrick Sullivan is a member of the College’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams, and is a record holder in the distance medley relay and the 4 x 800 relay. He was named to the Athlete Honor Society for his efforts. A Law and Society major, Patrick has made the Dean’s List each semester and has a grade point average of 3.71. In addition to maintaining a focus on his studies, Patrick is active in the Philosophy Club and serves on the Stewardship Committee of his church. He also works at the Delta/Marcliff Insurance Agency. “Getting this scholarship gives me pride in the work and effort that I have put in and continue to put in to my studies,” he says. Patrick is a senior from Oak Ridge, NJ.

The scholarship will inspire me to think about who needs help and how I can do my part to get them that help. The scholarship that I received is in honor of a Ramapo OSS student who did everything she could to be successful and played a big part in making the lives of many special Olympians better. She is someone I think of every time I get the opportunity help those with disabilities.

Kristen Potanka

Kristen Potanka of Wanaque, NJ is a senior majoring in Sociology. She is focusing on family and generational patterns. Her senior thesis includes in-depth research on the gender differences among Ramapo College students. Kristen is a resident assistant, and has received honors such as RA Rookie of theYear, Resident Assistant of theYear and Resident Assistant Best in Region. She’s also a member of the Residence Life Honors Association. In addition, she serves as president of Transfers Unite, a club she co-founded to address issues of interest to transfer students. She is a representative on the Student Government Association and is a Student Ambassador. Kristen, who has a 3.21 grade point average, says of her time at Ramapo, “Ramapo has helped me become not only a strong leader, but has let me use my creativity to benefit many students.”

I would like to thank the Hirshmans and let them know that I will continue to develop in my leadership abilities.

Sarah Warren

Sarah Warren, a Business Administration/ Finance major from Belle Mead, NJ is passionate about her studies and humanitarian causes. The senior, who has a grade point average of 3.84, is proud of her induction into Delta Mu Delta National Business Honor Society. As president of the Operation Smile Student Association, she helped organize numerous fundraisers. Sarah believes it is imperative to make a difference through action and particularly enjoys working as a tutor for the Office of Specialized Services.


Scott Sobol

Scott Sobol is majoring in Communication Arts with a concentration in Design and Interactive Media. He is a senior who has earned a 3.49 grade point average. “I work at the Lien Resolution Group doing website design and graphic design,” Scott reports. He also volunteers in the Information Technology department at Nyack Hospital and at The School for Adaptive and Integrative Learning at Ferncliff Manor. Scott is from New City, NY.

The scholarship I received will prepare me for my future by helping me pay for the education I need so that I can achieve my goals for my future career.

Eric Rittenhouse

Eric Rittenhouse of Monmouth Junction, NJ, a previous recipient, spent a semester in London where he studied at The University of Westminster. “I have grown not only academicially through coursework, but also culturally, living in one of the greatest cities in the world.” He was named to the Dean’s List and is active in the Accounting Club, the Outdoors Club, intramural bowling and works in his family’s insurance agency. The Accounting major, who plans to take the CPA exam, has a 3.22 grade point average.

This scholarship allows me to fund the education I need in order to go into the profession I want to spend the rest of my life pursuing.

Christopher Mazawey

Christopher Mazawey of Woodcliff Lake, NJ says, “I dedicate every day to learning and personal betterment. I view every day as a unique opportunity to make a difference and improve the world around me.” Christopher was an accomplished athlete at Pascack Hills High School, where he played soccer, basketball and competed in track and field. He set a new school record in the 1,600-meter relay his junior year and his basketball team became state champions. At Ramapo Chris is a Political Science major with a Public Policy minor. He has a 3.18 grade point average and was named to the Dean’s List. He is a member of the Italian Club and hopes to be named to Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society.


Christopher Lowenhaupt

Christopher Lowenhaupt of Hillsborough, NJ is a senior majoring in Computer Science. He works in the Office of Specialized Services’ AssistiveTechnology Lab and is the assistant captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team. While he takes great pride in the team’s success, placing fourth in a nationwide coed tournament in Georgia, he is most proud of making the Dean’s List and completing his third summer internship with the Naval UnderseaWarfare Center in Rhode Island. Christopher, who has a 3.17 grade point average, says, “I know if I work hard and do my best, I will find a way to be successful.”

The Hirschman Scholarship will further motivate me to excel in my studies.

Michael Bender

Michael Bender of Florham Park, NJ is a History major. He initially declared Business as his major while learning to speak Chinese. His decision to become an EMT so he could serve on Ramapo’s volunteer service was life, and major, changing. He wanted to become a Nursing major. However, the pre-req science courses are for Nursing students accepted to the program as freshmen. Not to be dissuaded, Michael is now a History major. In addition, he attends the County College of Morris to complete the required Nursing pre-reqs. When he graduates in June, Michael, whose grade point average at Ramapo is 3.29, will have completed Intermediate Chinese and will enroll in an accelerated Nursing Program that will allow him to get a BSN in Nursing. Michael says, “Cara’s message of determination reminds me that we can overcome difficulties by recognizing our strengths. I am so excited by the possibilities.”

Receiving this scholarship has helped ease the burden of rising educational costs and is opening up opportunities for further educational pursuits.

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