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“He led a life of service to others,” says Bea Cronin, Dan Cronin’s widow. While serving in the Navy in 1966, Dan suffered a severe injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. “Dan lived a good portion of his life in a wheelchair,” says his good friend Mary Alice Rocks Ruggiero, “But I never ceased to be amazed by how well he got around — in snow, in every kind of weather and in every sort of neighborhood — nothing held him back.” In 1980 Dan enrolled at Ramapo College, received a degree in 1984 and continued his education at Seton Hall University where he earned a degree in law.

Dan then began a selfless career in poverty and family law serving as an attorney for Bergen County Legal Services. Among the many honors he received were the New Jersey Certificate of Appreciation for Meritorious Public Service for his work as a member of the Supreme Court’s District Ethics Committee, a Certificate of Appreciation from Shelter Our Sisters, a home for victims of domestic violence and the Outstanding Attorney of the Year award from Legal Services of New Jersey. “It was impossible to venture anywhere within a 15-mile radius of Hackensack with Dan and not run into someone he knew,” says Ms. Ruggiero. “Someone he had helped along the way would spot him and make a point of coming up to us for an exchange.”

Upon Dan’s death in December 2004, Bea Cronin, together with friends and family, created this scholarship fund to honor his life and recognize the next generation of young people devoted to the service of others. The Cronins met at Ramapo College, where Dan was an active member of the Alumni Association Board and Bea served as director of Human Resources until her retirement in 2010.

This scholarship helps advance many of Dan’s ideals, epitomized through his last words to his niece Barbara Ann Wendt: “It is what you do that makes you special.” Continues Robin Reilly of the F.A.I.T.H. Foundation, “Knowing Dan was always there for me in my work with the homeless was a great comfort. He never let me down, not once. I don’t know what we’ll do without him.”

  • For a student who demonstrates commitment to his fellow man, as Mr. Cronin did
  • Community servie
  • 3.5 GPA
  • 24 Full Time Ramapo Credits
  • Recipient chosen by the Office of the Provost

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2020 Recipient

Cassidy DeMona

Cassidy DeMona of Wyckoff, N.J. is an Elementary Education major with minors in Psychology and Literary Studies, and she plans on getting her Masters in Special Education. She has a 3.88 GPA and is a member of the College Honors Program, Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society for Educators, and Tau Sigma Transfers Honors Society.

Cassidy is a sister of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, where she serves as the Community Service Chair. She is on the executive board of the Residence Hall Council and is the Social and Service Chair for Tau Sigma.

In 2015, Cassidy founded Invisible No More Foundation, a non-profit organization to help children with life-altering illnesses. She was named one of the 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women of 2018 by HerCampus. She works at a local organization serving children with special needs and is a counselor at French Woods Sports and Arts Center.



2019 Recipient

Ryan Greff

Ryan Greff of Fair Lawn, N.J. is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Information Technology Management. He has a 4.0 GPA.  He is a member of the Alpha Lamba Delta Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Golden Key Honor Society.

Ryan has been active in several organizations on campus, including the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors, Student Government Association, Anisfield School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, and the President’s Committee for Campus Sustainability.

He serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 53, as well as a Merit Badge Counselor. He is also an intern for the NJ Small Business Development Center.

Ryan is proud of his work in the Student Government Association. As a Senator-at-Large, he has successfully increased commuter representation on campus by working to add commuter advisory seats on the President’s Advisory Council and Library Learning Commons Task Force. He led the creation of the Commuter Overnight Housing Program. He has also worked to obtain volt-chargers for the Potter Library, passed Student Government legislation that aims to increase the recycling rate on campus and regulate the organization’s use of Styrofoam, and worked with the financial aid office to increase private scholarship opportunities for students.

After Ramapo, Ryan plans to work as a force to help grow small business in New Jersey.



2018 Recipient

Amish Regmi

Amish Regmi of Biratnagar, Nepal is a Computer Science major and a Math minor. He has a 3.87 GPA.

Amish is currently the President of International Student Organization and the Vice President of the Math Club and Model UN. He is also an Alumni Relations Research and Marketing Assistant Student Aide. While in Nepal, Amish was the treasurer of Leo Club, where he was involved in organizing community services activities, including a fundraiser for the earthquake-affected victims of Nepal in 2015.

“After completing my education, I plan to return to Nepal to work towards improving the quality of lives of so many students like me.”


2017 Recipient

Rich Apramian

“Medicine has helped to shape me into who I am today, and this scholarship will help me in my plan to continue service through medicine,” said Rich Apramian of Old Tappan, NJ.  Rich is a Biology major on the Pre-Medical Track with a minor in Criminology. He has a 3.68 GPA.  He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Omicron Delta Kappa – the National Leadership Honor Society, and is in the Theoretical and Applied Science Research Honors Program.

At Ramapo, Rich has served in several roles in the Student Government Association, as well as President of the First Responders Club.  He is also the Secretary of the Biology Club.

Rich has also been involved in off–campus activities and organizations, including being a volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT), and Emergency Room Volunteer at Hackensack UMC at Pascack Valley. Rich just entered his second term serving as Lieutenant of his Volunteer Emergency Squad.



2016 Recipient

Rebecca Carra

Rebecca Carra of Branchburg, NJ is a Nursing major with a 3.9 GPA.  She is a member of the Nursing Student Organization, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and competes in the javelin for the Ramapo Track and Field Team.

An active volunteer, Rebecca has volunteered with the Special Olympics and spent countless hours at numerous facilities including Senior Centers and Assisted Living Homes in Somerset County. She has also worked with special needs children through CCD at her church. One area of interest for Rebecca is geriatrics.  “The amount of happiness and satisfaction that I get by helping senior citizens who are in need with their daily activities, crafts, and entertainment is indescribable.”


2015 Recipients

Heather Landfield

Heather Landfield of Succasunna, N.J., is a communications major with a concentration in digital filmmaking. She carries minors in visual arts and psychology. Heather also earned a Business Essentials Certificate. She has a 3.72 grade point average.
At Ramapo, she is president of the You’re Not Alone Anti-Bullying Club and vice president of the Dance Company. She works as a consultant at the Center for Reading and Writing.
Heather hopes to have a career in marketing or digital film.


Brianne Kennedy

Brianne Kennedy of Old Bridge, NJ is an International Studies major and carries minors in Human Rights & Genocide and Women & Gender Studies. During her first year at Ramapo College, Brianne explored different opportunities in leadership and academia. She found that one of her passions was combatting social justice issues through community service. Brianne has amassed more than 300 hours of community service through the College’s Civic and Community Engagement Center where she became area manager. She planned events for the Leaders in Service Program and won honors from the Center for Student Involvement for campus participation. Brianne participated in an alternative spring break trip to Asheville, NC to build houses. She is particularly pleased to have served as a tutor for the International Rescue Committee working with refugee children at a Youth Summer Academy. She spent six weeks working with children from China, Tibet, Russia, Jordan, Sudan, Iraq and other countries. The experience has inspired Brianne to continue her education and attend graduate school. She has a 3.83 grade point average.



2014 Recipient

Brianne Kennedy

Brianne Kennedy of Old Bridge, NJ is an International Studies major and carries minors in Human Rights & Genocide and Women & Gender Studies. During her first year at Ramapo College, Brianne explored different opportunities in leadership and academia. She found that one of her passions was combatting social justice issues through community service. Brianne has amassed more than 300 hours of community service through the College’s Civic and Community Engagement Center where she became area manager. She planned events for the Leaders in Service Program and won honors from the Center for Student Involvement for campus participation. Brianne participated in an alternative spring break trip to Asheville, NC to build houses. She is particularly pleased to have served as a tutor for the International Rescue Committee working with refugee children at a Youth Summer Academy. She spent six weeks working with children from China, Tibet, Russia, Jordan, Sudan, Iraq and other countries. The experience has inspired Brianne to continue her education and attend graduate school. She has a 3.83 grade point average.



2013 Recipient

Michael Makar

In his first year and one-half at Ramapo, Michael Makar became an active member of the Pre-Med Club, and tutored high school students enrolled in the College’s Upward Bound Math Science program. He is involved in service activities with his church, organizing a food and clothing drive for homeless people in New York City and participating in a service project in a community outside of Alexandria, Egypt. “This experience completely changed my view of the world and made me appreciate all the small things life has to offer,” Michael says. Michael is a Psychology major who has earned a 3.93 grade point average. He is from Rutherford, NJ.

I feel very encouraged and motivated after receiving this scholarship. I will continue to work and not let anything prevent me from achieving my goals.


2012 Recipient

Caitlin Vogel

“Caitlin Vogel is endlessly curious, hardworking, and a good representative for the literature program, both in the Center for Reading and Writing, and while presenting at conferences,” says a Literature faculty member. She is a senior majoring in Literature with a Psychology minor. Caitlin is enrolled in the Ramapo College Honors Program. She is active in Sigma Tau Delta, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key International Honor Society. Caitlin was inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She is a consultant for the College’s Center for Reading and Writing. “I am very grateful for receiving a scholarship because it will help alleviate student loan debt and allow me to pursue a graduate degree in English,” says Caitlin. She maintains a 3.95 grade point average and is from Wantage, NJ.



2011 Recipient

Wendy Levine

Wendy Levine of Wayne, NJ is a Psychology major. She is intrigued by how the brain recovers after traumatic injury. She wishes to pursue a career in clinical neuropsychology so that she can facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of those who have had a traumatic brain injury. Wendy works in Professor Christian Reich’s lab on a project examining “social defeat stress,” a depression model in rats. On campus Wendy is a writing tutor and a peer facilitator for First-Year Seminar. Wendy, who has a 4.00 grade point average, is an executive board member of the Psi Chi International Psychology Honor Society, a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and the Psychology Coalition. She and her mother established the Joel Levine Oral Cancer Research Fund, named for her father who died from the disease. “I am proud that my mother and father have successfully inspired in me an unrelenting desire for achievement,” she says. “It is my goal that my accomplishments be applied to better the lives of others.”



2010 Recipient

Casey Castronova

Casey Castronova is from Freehold, NJ and graduated in May with a degree in Social Work and a 3.82 cumulative grade point average. She was a member of the Social Work Club and Operation Smile and was a Ramapo student ambassador. Casey interned at The Center for Alcohol & Drug Resources, Verona High School and the Liberty Partnership Program. She attends Monmouth University as an advanced standing Social Work student and is working in a substance abuse treatment facility. “Casey is presently working towards becoming a Licensed Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor,” says Professor Mitch Kahn.

The scholarship will be used to further fuel my education and my career in the social work field.


2009 Recipient

Daniel Grossano

“I have a great interest in social justice and serving others,” says Daniel Grossano who is from Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey and is a senior at Ramapo. He is majoring in social work with a minor in political science, and has earned a 3.68 grade point average. He works as a note- taker and tutor in the Office of Specialized Services, and last summer worked as a resident teaching assistant with the Jumpstart Pre- College program. Daniel is a percussionist with the Ramsey Wind Symphony. At Ramapo he is a member of Catholics at Ramapo United, the Social Work Club, and Alpha Lambda Delta. Daniel participated in the BRIDGES service trip to the Dominican Republic in 2006, and is a co- op with the Bergen County Police Office of Emergency Management. He was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa in Spring, 2008.

My scholarship will help ease the financial burden of my education. I will have less debt as I become involved in service to others and eventually a career after I graduate. This scholarship will also help me to obtain the necessary work and life skills so I may make a difference in the lives of those I serve.

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