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Rodriguez, Daniel James Memorial Scholarship

Charlotte Cyphers created this scholarship in memory of her son, Daniel James Rodriguez.  Daniel studied photography for two years at Ramapo College before attending the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Daniel was a gifted photographer with strong portrait and composition skills.  He enjoyed travelling and meeting people from all walks of life.  His collection of celebrity sightings and selfies was a personal point of pride.

To honor Daniel’s love of photography, this scholarship is intended to provide funding for lab and material fees for Visual Arts majors.

  • Financial need
  • Visual Arts Majors
  • Good academic standing
  • For lab and Material fees
  • Selected by the Dean in consultation with Visual arts faculty

This scholarship is not awarded through the application process.

2022 Recipient

Emily Abreu

Emily Abreu of Garfield, N.J. is a Visual Arts major with a concentration in Photography and a minor in Marketing. She has a 3.8 GPA. 

At Ramapo, Emily volunteers as a Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassador to help answer any questions incoming students may have.

2019 Recipient

Giselle Ruiz

Giselle Ruiz of Pompton Lakes, N.J. is a Visual Arts Major with a concentration in Drawing and Painting: Art Therapy with a Psychology Minor. She has a 3.7 GPA.

Giselle is grateful to the EOF program for helping her to achieve her goal of a college education.  In addition to serving as a Peer Mentor for incoming EOF scholars, she works on campus with Dining Services.

“After I graduate, my goal is to help others through art, as art has helped me cope with life’s craziness.”

2017 Recipient

William Prtune

William Prtune of Wanaque, New Jersey is a Visual Arts major with concentration in Sculpture. He has a 3.0 GPA.

2016 Recipient

Audrea Leiva

Audrea Nicole Leiva of Paterson, NJ is a double major in Visual Arts (concentrating in drawing and painting) and Psychology at Ramapo. She has accomplished a 3.0 GPA and is currently a member of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society.


At Ramapo, she has been active in several organizations, including Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, The Black Student Union and The Health Awareness Team. As a sister, she has programed many educational, cultural, political, and social events for the Ramapo community. An example was the “Love is in the Hair Festival” during Latin Heritage month promoting the Latin culture and its identity through hair alongside 16 co-sponsorships. In her involvement with the Black Student Union, she helped create successful programs that uplift and support minorities on campus. The Health Awareness Team educated her over the years on the importance of wellness for an individual and the impact that peer-led organizations have on educating the campus community. “Through my involvement with these organizations, I’ve had the opportunity to travel and attend many conferences, trainings and workshops, and all those experiences have helped shape my vision for a professional career,” says Audrea.


Audrea has also been involved in Gear Up/ College Bound, a government funded program located at Passaic County Community College. As a mentor she interacted with students, realizing the importance of enrichment in a child’s life. Her post grad goal is to continue her education and create programs in urban communities that promote the importance­ of mental health in our children through artistic practices and enrichment.


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