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The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Alumni Board set aside a portion of its fundraising proceeds to establish an endowed fund to benefit Ramapo College’s EOF students. The members of the Board decided to utilize the endowment for scholarships and recognize students who are active volunteers. Candidates must be committed to community service “that benefits society as a whole and/or the College community.” The recipient is selected by the Scholarship Committee of the Alumni Board and the director of the Educational Opportunity Fund.
The Board renamed the award The Lorne Weems EOF Scholarship in 2014 following the sudden death of Mr. Weems, director of EOF. Mr. Weems, who worked at Ramapo for 18 years, was a tireless advocate for the students in the program. Under his leadership a number of new initiatives were started for EOF students and alumni, including the creation of an Alumni Advisory Board, a push to have more EOF students study abroad, a monthly newsletter and mentoring programs for students in business, the arts and social science.
This scholarship will ensure that Mr. Weems’ memory will live on.
- Student must be full-time EOF
- 32+ credits
- Committed to community service and an active volunteer
- Good academic standing
“Serving as a role model and assisting students to become acclimated to campus life allows students to build confidence, self-awareness, and resilience,” says Raquia Brewster. Raquia is a Psychology major who plans to pursue a career in Higher Education/Student Affairs. She is from Raritan, N.J.
On campus, Raquia is a New Student Experience Student Assistant, an ENHANCE Peer Mentor, a Peer Facilitator, Italian Club President, and Psi Chi Vice President. She played a significant role in welcoming new students as an Orientation Program Coordinator. She has also collaborated with Admissions and is now featured on Ramapo’s virtual walking tour.
As a Psychology major, Raquia has researched with her peers on Virtual Conformity, and her research was displayed in the 2021 Psychology Student Poster Gallery.
She has a 3.86 GPA and has been inducted into several honor societies.
The recipient of this award would like to remain anonymous.
Dionaisy Caceres is a senior Communication Arts major concentrating in Global Communication and Media.
Dionaisy has been active in the Association of Latinos Moving Ahead, where she served on the E-Board as Secretary. She also serves as the Student Staff Leadership Coordinator for the Civic and Community Engagement Center, where she helps run leadership programs, such as S.A.I.L. and Project L.E.A.D.
“After Ramapo, I plan to attend graduate school for my M.B.A. and start a non-profit organization that provides inner-city kids with the skills needed for success in their educational careers,” says Dionaisy.
“I plan to open my own dance school/youth center in the future,” says Jureyah Johnson of Newark, N.J. “It will serve as a place for urban kids to go and learn more about black history.”
Jureyah is a senior Business Management major in the EOF program, and she currently serves as the Black Student Union president. She was also an EOF peer mentor, guiding new EOF students through their first year at Ramapo. For the past three summers, Jueryah has interned at the East Orange City Hall Human Resources department and plans to continue working in the Human Resources field after graduation.
“As a first generation student I hope to one day continue my studies in graduate school or law school,” says Gabriela Ulloa. Gabriela is an International Studies major and a student in the Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF) and Honors Program. She has a 3.97 GPA and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First Year-Students.
Gabriela has been active in several organizations, including Leaders in Service and Community Service of the Association of Latinos Moving Ahead (ALMA). She is also an Honors Program E-Board Member and serves as an EOF Peer Mentor on campus, as well as a Student Aide at the Testing Center. Additionally, this past summer she was a Supplemental Instructor for the incoming EOF class. Gabriela is from Union City, N.J.
“I make every effort I can to broaden my horizons. There is always more to discover and it is my purpose to strive towards it,” says Warren Semper, who has traveled and studied at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan.
He is from Dumont, N.J. and is a Junior Literature major with a concentration in Creative Writing. Warren is an Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) student and works as an Office Assistant in the EOF Office on campus.
Berlyann Rivera (She, Her, Hers Pronouns) of Newark, N.J. is a Law and Society Major with double minors in Human Rights and Genocide Studies and Women and Gender Studies. She has a 2.9 cumulative GPA. Berlyann identifies as an intersectional feminist who is passionate about advocacy, civil law, social justice, women’s rights, and advancing the lives of marginalized women of color.
At Ramapo, Berlyann has been active in several organizations and activities, including serving as a Resident Assistant, Student Office Manager and a Student Queer Peer Services Coordinator for the Women’s Center, Student Trustee, and Vice President of New Member Education for Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. She is proud of all the initiatives she has been able to put forth in her time working at the Women’s Center such as developing the Real Beauty Photo Exhibition, Women of Vision Awards, and Between Women Discussion Group, to just name a few.
Berlyann has also been involved in off–campus activities and organizations, including currently serving as an Intake Intern for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. After undergrad she plans to pursue a Master’s in Sociology and Social Justice and after earning her degree, serve in the Peace Corps. Upon completion of her service she plans to obtain a position with a Non-Profit Organization that focuses on advancing the lives of marginalized women and groups. Ultimately, she hopes to attend Law school and pursue a career as a civil rights or immigration lawyer.
Not surprisingly, International Business major Ana Rosano’s two passions are travel and business. During the fall semester 2016, she studied abroad in South Korea. “It was an unforgettable experience that has unquestionably expanded my mindset, causing me to become more self-aware of our own culture through inevitable comparisons. My goal in life is to be able to travel to intriguing destinations where I can expand my skill set and knowledge pertaining to business,” says Ana.
Ana has been working closely with the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) department. She was a Supplemental Instructor for Mathematics for the EOF Summer Program, became a Student Leader during her sophomore year and was recently promoted to a supervisor. She also works as an assistant in the EOF office.
She also interns in the accounting and marketing department at Brimar Industries. Ana plans to earn a MBA after graduating from Ramapo.
Ana has a minor in Accounting, and earned a 3.4 GPA. She is from West New York, NJ.
Yoel Arroyo is a junior from Garfield, NJ majoring in Nursing.
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