East Jersey Trout Unlimited (EJTU) is a community of more than 700 anglers who are dedicated to cold water conservation and the stewardship of local watersheds. The members of EJTU work to protect, reconnect, restore and sustain trout habitat for anglers now and for the next generation of sportsmen and women who value the relationship between clean, healthy waterways and sustainable fishing.
EJTU is primarily engaged in conservation initiatives and restoration projects in local rivers, as well as educational outreach and coordination with state and local authorities. The group also works with regional environmental organizations on a wide range of conservation efforts.
This annual scholarship is for a junior or senior Environmental Science or Environmental Studies major.
- Junior or Senior
- Environmental Science or Environmental Studies major
- GPA of 3.0 or higher
“My late father Thomas instilled in me an undying love for the environment, so I spend a considerable amount of time outdoors or working on environmental issues,” says Eileen McCafferty of Pearl River, N.Y. Eileen is an Environmental Studies Major and has a GPA of 3.2. At Ramapo, she is the SSHS school senator within the Student Government Association, President of 1STEP, and an active member of the Sustainability Committee.
During the Spring semester of 2018, Eileen raised over $1,300 for 1STEPs’ Relay for Life team and has helped host numerous events bringing attention to sustainability and environmental issues.
She is involved with Rockland Interfaith Breakfast Program on Thursday mornings at Spring Valley Church. She also has over a decade’s worth of customer service experience and holds a job at Ramsey Outdoor in Mahwah. Eileen is currently is an intern at The New Jersey Highlands Coalition in Boonton, N.J. where she is learning about non-profit advocacy work within the forest and landscapes of the New Jersey Highlands.
Once she graduates, Eileen plans to spend the summer backpacking through the Catskills, teaching archery at a local day camp, and preparing to earn her Masters in Wildlife Management.
Michael Stellitano of Northfield, N.J. is a junior Environmental Science major with a minor in Public Policy. He has a 3.7 GPA and is a member of both the Honors College and the Alpha Lambda Delta academic honors society.
Michael has several leadership roles on campus, including President of Newman Catholic Club and President of his fraternity, Phi Kappa Sigma. He is also the Vice President of Ramapo’s Inter-Fraternal Council (IFC). “Between these organizations, I’ve been successful at leading events that have raised over $2,000 for various charities, and have engaged in hundreds of hours of community service at Ramapo.” He also plays lacrosse for the College’s club lacrosse team.
Michael canvassed the 2016 election for the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization, and has spent hundreds of hours of community service through his church youth group.
Aleksandar “Alex” Goranov of Varna, Bulgaria, is a senior Chemistry major with an Environmental Science minor, and a 3.8 GPA. He is enrolled in the College Honors Program, TAS Research Honors Program (Fluorescence Spectroscopy Research Group), and the Teaching Assistant Program. He has been on the Dean’s List from his first semester at Ramapo, and holds membership in eight honor societies, including the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, and Who’s Who Among Students.
At Ramapo, Alex is the president of the American Chemical Society Student Chapter, and the Phi Lambda Upsilon Chemistry Honor Society. He also sits on the Executive Board of three other honor societies, and works as a part-time tutor for Calculus and Chemistry at the TAS Mathematics and Science Tutoring Center.
Alex sits on the Undergraduate Programs Advisory Board committee at the American Chemical Society, and has done research in Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (Savannah, GA), Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia), and the Center for Marine Resource Studies (Cockburn Harbour, Turks and Caicos Islands).
After graduation, Alex will pursue his PhD in Chemistry, with the ultimate goal to teach and research marine chemistry. His research interests are in analytical method development, and the biogeochemistry of dissolved organic matter (specifically fire-derived compounds).
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