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Kettlitz, Dr. Gary Memorial Scholarship

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Gary Kettlitz was a beloved member of the faculty in the Anisfield School of Business (ASB) for 13 years. He was a member of an ad-hoc group of faculty who played tennis every week. He had a strong interest in social justice and demonstrated a desire to make the world a better place. Dr. Kettlitz, who suffered from juvenile diabetes, often talked about these issues in his human resources management courses.

At his death in 2009 faculty members from across the campus contributed funds in Dr. Kettlitz’ memory and this endowed scholarship fund was created. The intent of the scholarship is to recognize students who “demonstrate an interest in social justice and a desire to make the world a better place” and who demonstrate financial hardship or suffer a significant illness. Students of any major are eligible, but Management majors or students with an interest in health care are preferred.

  • For students of any major; however management majors or students with an interest in Health Care are preferred
  • Applicants must submit an essay describing their interest in social justice or their efforts to make the world a better place.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an interest in social justice or have experienced financial hardship or significant illness and indicate that in their essay
  • Recipient chosen by a faculty committee

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2020 Recipient

Anxhela Kalia

Anxhela Kalia of Fair Lawn, N.J. is a sophomore Psychology major with a Neuroscience minor. She has a 3.8 GPA, and is a member of the Ramapo College Honors Program and Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society. She has also been a Dean’s List recipient every semester. “I’m proud to be the first person to receive a bachelor’s degree in my family, and I hope to have a career as a Neuropsychologist.”

Anxhela is a Resident Assistant in Bischoff Hall, the Founder and President of the Psychology Affiliation on campus, and a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. She is also an Honors Developmental Leader and part of the Admissions Team for the Honors Program. She recently attended the Northeast Regional Honors Conference.

Anxhela works as a Pharmacy Technician at CVS Pharmacy. She also volunteers for blood drives, Special Olympics, her church’s youth group, and campus clean ups.



2019 Recipient

Rachael Chertok

Rachael Chertok of Kinnelon, N.J. is a Computer Science major with a minor in Mathematics. She is part of the mathematics honor society Pi Mu Epsilon, Alpha Lambda Delta, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Rachel is the current public relations officer of //hackRamapo, the community service chair of Ramapo College Dance Company, and one of the Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassadors.

She has participated in hackathons at Rutgers University and the University of Maryland, and she has had internships at Prudential and Pfizer.

“After graduation, I will begin a career as a software engineer at an aerospace technology company.”

Rachel has a 3.7 GPA.



2018 Recipient

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.”



2017 Recipient

Meera Patel

Meera Patel is a first-generation student and the first person in her family to pursue a bachelor’s degree. She is a Finance major from Mahwah, NJ who has a strong passion toward helping the less fortunate. She volunteers and has helped raise money and awareness for homeless, abandoned, and abused youth.


2015 Recipient

Tammy Smith

Tammy Smith of Fair Lawn, N.J. is a social work major. She has a 3.92 grade point average.

At Ramapo, Tammy is a member of Active Minds and the Social Work Club. Off campus, she is a board member of the Bergen County National Alliance for Mental Illness and a volunteer at Bergen Regional Medical Center.

Tammy sees herself as an advocate for the rights of the mentally ill. Her career goal is to work in community mental health and to implement policy changes in the field.



2014 Recipient

Chase Burns

Chase Burns of Sussex, NJ is a Social Work major with a minor in Psychology. Her goal is to work with and advocate for adolescents in the foster care system. “They face the most adversity in terms of being adopted into permanent, healthy homes,” she said. She would also like to increase the societal support these youths receive. Chase’s experiences are preparing her to reach her goal. She earned an associate degree in Human Services and Liberal Arts from the County College of Morris. She then took a semester off to build houses in Thailand with Habitat for Humanity. At Ramapo College, she was an intern with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency through a program called the Baccalaureate Child Welfare Education Program. Completing the internship enabled Chase to begin a career with the division this past January. “Attending college is not just a choice for me,” she said. “It is a critical necessity to establish the professional capabilities to pursue my dreams of helping to change the atmosphere of the child welfare services in our society.” Chase graduated with a 3.98 grade point average.



2013 Recipient

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.

It will give me the opportunity to continue my education and pursue my career goals. I stirve to help people everyday and would like to pursue a career in that field.


2012 Recipient

Hannah Morrow

Hannah Morrow of Kinnelon, NJ is a Biochemistry major. As a teenager she was diagnosed with a chronic disorder from which, she says “I emerged with more strength, determination and faith than I could ever imagine.” She entered the workforce after high school and earned an associate’s degree at a community college. Hannah has admiration for the physical therapists who helped her and plans on becoming one to help others. Hannah volunteers at an animal shelter, a hospital and works with children who have cerebral palsy. She a member of Ramapo’s Biology Club. Hannah is particularly proud of being the recipient of a scholarship awarded by the American Association of University Women.



2011 Recipient

Lauren Finaldi

Lauren Finaldi of West Milford, NJ is a Nursing major. As president of Phi Delta Epsilon, an international medical fraternity, she developed an educational lecture “Health Disparities Among Minority Populations,” presented at the College’s Health andWellness Fair. She is a member of the Nursing Student Organization and serves as a student representative on the Nursing Curriculum Revising Committee. Lauren completed a study abroad program to Sierra Leone,West Africa to reduce maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. Lauren, who has a 3.41 grade point average, says, “Ramapo has made me a social justice and patient care advocate.”



2010 Recipient

Brian Gilbert

Brian Gilbert is from Flemington, NJ and is in his senior year at Ramapo College. “One day I made a choice,” Brian says, “I would commit myself to helping others, because no one deserves to feel alone and ignored.” He is majoring in Social Work with a minor in Psychology and has earned a 3.22 grade point average. He is a member of the Sci-Fi and Comic Book Clubs, where he serves as secretary, and is a radio host on the campus radio station,WRPR. Brian has been an intern at the Sage Day School for students with emotional and special needs and for the NY/NJ Trails Conference.

It will give me the confidence and resources to move towards my goals in life.


Year2016 Recipient

Tammy Smith

Tammy Smith of Fair Lawn, NJ is a Social Work major.  She has a 3.96 GPA.  She was awarded the 2015 NASW Harriet Bloomfield Memorial Scholarship and the 2015 CSWE BSW Student Travel Scholarship Award for her academic achievements in social work. She was awarded the 2014 and 2015 Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary Continuing Education Scholarship.

At Ramapo, Tammy has been active in several organizations and activities, including the Social Work Club, where she recently served as vice-president.

Tammy has also been involved in off-campus activities and organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors for NAMI Bergen County and on the town of Fair Lawn’s Stigma-Free Task Force.


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