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Frances Hackett created the Hackett Family Scholarship Endowment just prior to her death in June 2015.  It is for those who are committed to a career in Social Work.  This endowment is in honor of her friend Amanda Smith to recognize her dedication to the Social Work profession, and the good work that social workers do to help individuals handle difficult situations and advance social justice.  The Hackett Family Scholarship was the ninth endowed scholarship Ms. Hackett created at Ramapo College.

During her career, Fran remained active with her alma mater, both as a volunteer and as a donor.  She began her education at Ramapo College in 1973 as a full-time student and left the following year to join Prudential Financial.  She returned in 1976 and continued part-time, graduating from Ramapo in 1980 with a degree in Business Administration and American Studies.

Fran served as vice president of Administration and OSGLI at Prudential.  Her responsibilities included the management of Prudential’s largest group client and the pre-sale process for group insurance products and related regulatory matters.  During her tenure at Prudential, Fran held a wide range of positions in operations, account management, human resources, compliance and project management.

In addition to her work with Prudential, Fran served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Efficiency II, the Policy Advisory Committee of Administrative Office of the Courts, the Advisory Group for the School of Healthcare Related Professionals at UMDNJ and the state Health Insurance Advisory Association.

She was a long-time member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors and served as chair from 2012 until her death in 2015.  Her years of dedication to Ramapo and the larger community were recognized when she was honored at the Distinguished Citizens Dinner in 2004, and when she was honored with the President’s Award of Merit in 2007.

  • Social work major
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Financial need
  • Essay should include why you chose to be a social work major, and what you plan to do with your degree.
  • Selected by an outside committee

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2020 Recipient

Jordan Meredith

Jordan Meredith of Brick, N.J. is a Social Work major and a Psychology minor. She has a 3.1 GPA. She has been inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and made the Dean’s List the Fall semester of her Freshman Year.

At Ramapo, Jordan has been active in the Ramapo Orientation Program, Peer Facilitation Program, and has served as the Publicist for Ebony Women for Social Change. “I’m proud to have helped new students acclimate to the Ramapo campus and to have served as a reliable resource to new and current students.” Jordan’s post-graduation plans is to obtain her Master’s in Social Work, work for the state of New Jersey as a Social Worker, and to open her own small business.

Jordan has volunteered off campus at the MEVO farm, serves as an usher at her church and participates in feeding the homeless there. She works two jobs: on campus at Roadrunner Central and as a Shift Leader at home.



2019 Recipient

Tracy Sherman

Tracy Sherman of East Brunswick, N.J. is a Social Work major.  She has a 3.7 GPA.  At Ramapo, Tracy is part of the Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassadors, giving tours for prospective students at Open Houses.  Tracy is a brother of the co-ed community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega ans served as the New Interest Member Educator.  Tracy is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the leadership honor society.  During the summer she works as a lifeguard supervisor at her community pool.  Tracy currently interns for the Center for Family Resources  (Wayne Head Start).  She hopes to one day become a clinical social worker and work with families and children.


2018 Recipient

Jacqueline Lopez

Jacqueline Lopez, a junior at Ramapo College is a Social Work major from Newark, N.J. She is the first person in her family to attend college.  “I really enjoy learning but never really thought I would be able to go to college.  I enjoy being around people and hope that my passion for helping others guides me throughout my career.”

In the future Jacqueline plans to pursue a Masters in Social Work.


2017 Recipient

Izabela Sadej

Izabela Sadej is a member of the Social Work Club and was inducted into the Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity where she held a “Support the Troops” sisterhood, sending a care package to troops deployed in Afghanistan.   This initiative has special significance for Izabela, as her husband is currently deployed there.

Izabela, who is from Fair Lawn, NJ, is a Social Work major with a minor in Neuroscience. She has a 3.7 GPA and was acknowledged on the Dean’s list both semesters of her freshman year.

Izabela has a job off campus as part of the sales and support team at Macy’s.



2016 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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