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Arce, Daniel Scholarship

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The intent of the Daniel Arce Scholarship is to honor the memory of Daniel Arce, a student at Ramapo College in 2007 and 2008.  When he was 15 years old Daniel was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer.  His fight with cancer lasted almost four years.  Despite his illness and multiple days in the hospital due to chemotherapy and surgeries, Daniel was able to graduate with his high school class in 2006.  He entered Ramapo College in the fall of 2007.

For Daniel, going to school was a privilege since he often was unable to attend classes or take a test because he was in a hospital bed.  At Ramapo, Daniel had a 4.00 grade point average and took every opportunity to enjoy his time as a college student.

Daniel faced his illness with a strong will, courage and a positive attitude.  He did not give up, despite very difficult circumstances.  Candidates for the Arce Scholarship are students who are Finance majors, have a strong interest in music or sports and “keep a positive attitude, despite difficult situations.”

  • For Finance majors with a strong interest in music or sports
  • For a student “who keeps a positive attitude, despite difficult circumstances”
  • Applicants must submit a one- to two-page essay describing their career goals and how they arrived at this decision

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2022 Recipient

Tushar Mittal

Tushar Mittal of Jhapa, Nepal is a junior double majoring in Accounting and Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He has a 3.98 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List every semester.

Tushar is involved with the International Student Organization (ISO), Math Club, and the Changebuilders Initiative. He currently serves as the Treasurer for both ISO and the Math Club.

Tushar was a member of Sophomore Advancing in Leadership and is a recipient of the Outstanding Leadership by a Sophomore Award. He is currently employed as a Student Coordinator for the Civic and Community Engagement Center

2021 Recipient

Mergim Kica

“Staying mindful of our thoughts and actions is imperative to the world we live in today,” says Mergim Kica of Gothenburg, Sweden. Mergim is a Finance major who plans on becoming an analyst for a firm focused on impact investing. 

He has a 3.57 GPA and is a transfer student. On campus, he is very active in Ramapo’s yoga and mindfulness community, and off campus, he coaches soccer to U14 boys.

Mergim grew up with a focus on sports and initially planned to pursue a soccer career. After being employed as a Special Education Assistant in a school for newly arrived migrants in his town, he was inspired to pursue higher education. 


2020 Recipient

Sumit Adhikari

Sumit Adhikari in an international student from Kathmandu, Nepal majoring in Business Administration. He has a 4.0 GPA.

At Ramapo, Sumit is part of the International Student Organization, South Asians Club, and Enactus Club. He also works for Student Activities Revenue Management at the Center for Student Involvement.

Sumit is also a part of SAIL (Sophomores Advancing in Leadership) program at Ramapo and plays soccer for Ramapo College Indoor Soccer Club. “I plan to go to graduate school to study finance and economics.”

2019 Recipient

Matthew Reber

Matthew Reber of Ridgefield Park, N.J. is a Finance major with a Mathematics minor. He has a 4.0 GPA.

At Ramapo, Matthew is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

Matthew has also been involved in off-campus activities and organizations, including tutoring at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Teaneck and as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Jersey. He is also currently an intern at Intac Actuarial Services, a pension advisory firm that helps small businesses achieve tax saving and investing goals.

Matthew will be interning at PwC in the summer of 2019, and his career goal is be an actuary. “My goal for the future is to help individuals and businesses achieve their goals of financial planning and saving for retirement.”

2018 Recipient

Robert J. DeLillo

Robert J. DeLillo of Wyckoff, N.J. is a transfer student from Bergen Community College, where he maintained a 3.5 GPA.  He is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.  He plans to pursue a career in the financial analysis area after he graduates.

An accomplished musician, he hopes to become involved in Ramapo’s music programs and join the jazz band and orchestra as a trumpeter.  He would also like to be a part of the campus stock market club.

Robert works part-time as a produce clerk, performs in local rock bands, and plays guitar for the pit band at a local theater.

2017 Recipient

Antonia Arena

Antonia Arena of Holmdel, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance. She has a 3.1 GPA.

Antonia is a transfer student from Brookdale Community College where she was active in the Alpha Business Club (ABC). She has also been involved in several community service events such as the Hope for Children Foundation, and environmental clean-ups in her hometown.

“I’m proud that I obtained my Associates degree, and for continuing my education with the pursuit of my Bachelors,” said Antonia.  She is astonished by the generosity of the Arce’s, and stated, “I will forever be grateful for their kind generosity.”

2016 Recipient

Ruby Karki

Ruby Karki of Kathmandu, Nepal is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance and a minor in French. She has a 3.5 grade point average and is on the Dean’s List. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society.

Ruby is active in Sigma Sigma Sigma and the International Student Organization.   She is also involved in Volunteer Service Overseas-International Citizenship Services and the Nepal Red Cross Society.

2015 Recipient

Jacek Hasaj

Jacek Hasaj of Clifton, N.J. is a business administration major with a concentration in finance, along with a minor in international business. He has a 3.74 grade point average.  Jacek was offered membership for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and Beta Gamma Sigma.

At Ramapo, Jacek has been active in several organizations and activities, including the Civic and Community Engagement Center and Relay for Life.

Jacek has also been involved in off –campus activities and organizations, including internship programs at Passaic Valley Water Commission in both the Finance and Engineering Departments, along with volunteering at St. Joseph’s Church.

2014 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.

2013 Recipient

Wenji Li

Wenji Li, an international student from China, is a Finance major. She is treasurer of the International Student Organization, and a member of the Finance Club, the United Asian Association and the Music and Entertainment Industry Students Association. An accomplished pianist, Wenji has participated in the College’s Chamber Music Programs. She was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Wenji appreciates the opportunity to learn the American financial system and make comparisons with the system in China. She admits, though, that “music overcomes the gaps between language difference” and is sometimes a better way for her to communicate. Wenji has a 3.52 grade point average.

2012 Recipient

Patrick Zwally

Patrick Zwally is a senior from Old Bridge, NJ. He has majored in Business Administration and Finance and plans to become a financial advisor. Patrick is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honorary Society, and is a tutor in the Center for Academic Success. A former high school varsity athlete, he now devotes his time to internships which will further his goal to help families with retirement and other financial planning.

2011 Recipient

Joseph Birish

Joseph Birish ofTuxedo, NY is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Joseph attended Loyola College and earned an associate degree at Rockland Community College before enrolling at Ramapo College. He also worked full time as a mechanic. His goal is to help individuals reach their financial goals and needs. Joseph added an Accounting minor because “experience tells me that it is best to prepare for alternate possibilities.” Joseph, who has a 3.95 grade point average, is proud of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Finance Club.

2010 Recipient

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.

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