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Through the creation of the Claire and Howard Shurak Scholarship, David Jacowitz commemorates the hard work, success, and influence of his grandparents. Mr. Jacowitz graduated from Ramapo College in 2000 with a degree in Business Administration. He is currently an executive with New York Life Insurance Company in Rochester, NY.

“My grandfather was a child of the Great Depression who grew up in Brooklyn, NY under humble circumstances,” Mr. Jacowitz says. Mr. Shurak joined the military and then started his own business. He built a very successful company that manufactured plastics and vinyl.

“My grandparents encouraged me to go to college,” Mr. Jacowitz continues. “My grandfather was a role model who taught me old-fashioned values — that in business your word and reputation are what you stand for. He is the reason I am in business today.” The intent of the Shurak Scholarship is to recognize students who “need the money, and work hard.”

  • Finance major preferred
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by Foundation policy
  • Good academic standing
  • Applicant must submit a one to two-page essay describing their career goals and how they arrived at this decision
  • Recipient chosen by ASB selection committee

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2020 Recipient

Angelo Petillo

“I’m proud that I’ve been able to successfully balance my school, work, leadership roles, and social life,” says Accounting student Angelo Petillo, who is enrolled in Ramapo’s 4+1 MSAC Program. He is from Point Pleasant, N.J.

Angelo has a 3.5 GPA and made Dean’s List Spring 2017 and 2018, and Fall 2018. He is the President of Tau Delta Phi and interns at Corrado Financial Group. He has also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, completing an anti-bullying campaign that positively impacted his community.

2019 Recipient

Jesse Del Buono

Jesse Del Buono of Livingston, N.J. is a Finance major and a Mathematics minor. He has a 3.9 cumulative GPA and a 4.0 departmental GPA and has made the Dean’s List each semester at Ramapo. He has also been inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society.

Jesse is a Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassador and the Treasurer of the Roadrunner Financial Group. He is also active in intramural sports on campus.

When the school year ends, his strong work ethic continues through his role as head counselor for a local summer camp, where he oversees the activities and responsibilities of his group.

After he graduates, Jesse plans on pursuing a career in the Finance field as an actuary.

2018 Recipient

Matthew O’Mara

Matthew O’Mara of Washington, N.J. is an Information Technology Management major. He has a 3.0 GPA and participates in the Chess Club on campus.

As a member of his town’s Emergency Medical Squad, Matthew takes part in several charity events for the community each year.

“Throughout my academic career I have managed to work full-time while going to school full-time. No matter how hard things get, personally or financially, I always put my all into my education.”

2017 Recipient

Stephen Molchan

Stephen Molchan of Toms River, NJ is an Accounting major. He has a 3.1 GPA. He is in the IMA Accounting Honor Society as well.

At Ramapo, Stephen has been active in several organizations and activities, including A Better Tomorrow, Residence Life and EOF. Stephen is currently a Resident Assistant for transfer students in Bischoff Hall and always loves meeting new residents and building community. Stephen also is the President of A Better Tomorrow which is a community service club he started on campus his Freshman year.

Stephen has also been involved in off-campus activities and organizations, including his internship at his accounting firm where he accepted a full time tax position, NJ AIDs walk and Project Linus. Stephen has been interning at his accounting firm for close to 3 years now and was excited when they offered him a full time tax accounting role. Outside of work Stephen loves giving back to the community by participating in the NJ AIDs walk and giving back to Project Linus.

After graduation Stephen will be working on his Masters in Taxation and his CPA, and hopes to get his PhD and eventually become a college professor to share his knowledge with other students.

2016 Recipient

Lenin Veras

Lenin Veras of Passaic, NJ is a Finance major with a GPA of 3.02.

Lenin was inducted into the National Honor Society and Chi Alpha Epsilon.  He was a Resident Assistant and is now the Assistant Residence Director for Laurel Hall. In addition, he is President of his fraternity, Lambda Theta Phi and serves as Scholarship Chair for the Interfraternity Council.  He also works part-time as an Office Assistant/Mail Room Coordinator in Residence Life.

Lenin has also volunteered for both OASIS (a haven for women and children), and House on a Hill, a daycare for children.

2015 Recipient

Theresa Phung

Teresa Phung of Clifton, NJ is a Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

She has a 3.60 GPA and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta. At Ramapo College, Teresa has been active in several organizations, including as an Executive Board member in United Asian Association, and member of Relay for Life. Teresa has also been involved in off campus activities and organizations, including an internship at Sealed Air Corporation and a volunteer at Valley Hospital. Teresa plans on working as a financial analyst upon graduation in the spring.


2014 Recipient

Josef Weikl

Josef Weikl of Ridgefield, NJ is an economics major and mathematics minor.  He has a 3.83 grade point average and is a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon, Beta Gamma Sigma, Chi Alpha Sigma, Golden Key International, and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies.

At Ramapo, Josef has been active in several organizations and activities, including the Residence Life, the Student Government Association, and Track and Field.  He currently serves as the Student Governor to the Ramapo Board of Governors, in addition to his role as a Resident Assistant in Mackin Hall.

Josef is also currently interning at UBS Financial Services in Paramus, NJ.”


2013 Recipient

Anisha Banerjee

Anisha Banerjee of Somerset, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance. She is enrolled in the College’s Honors Program. Anisha serves on the ASB Dean’s Council and Leaders in Service. She is an emergency medical technician and has volunteered her time in a soup kitchen and working with disabled children. Anisha says her career goals are simple: “I want to become a part of the world that I have studied diligently in the Wall Street Journal and glimpsed through my experiences as an intern and in the Junior Achievement program.” Anisha has a 3.40 grade point average.

2012 Recipient

Mathieu Odula

Mathieu Odula is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. He is active in the Student Government Association, serving as a senator last year and vice president this year. He assisted with the launch of the new Ramapo College Soccer Club and currently serves as the Club’s vice president. In February of this year, he delivered a speech at the College’s firstever Diversity Monologue. Mathieu is from Jersey City, NJ. “After graduation I will embark on a long and ambitious journey to business and political success, using the tools I attained at Ramapo College: the advice provided by College administrators, teachings from personal experiences and lessons from professors,” he said.

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