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Melissa Van Der Wall (Dean of Students), Sheree Hamway, and Jo Ann Vander Wall created the Linda Hartley Memorial Scholarship to honor the legacy of their aunt and sister (respectively). “Linda was an indelible spirit and life’s best gift to us” says Melissa Van Der Wall.  “The greatest and most fun memories in our lives involved Linda.  She loved to laugh and one could pick her laugh out of a crowd of hundreds.  Her ability to laugh at herself and laugh with others – it’s what made her so amazing. Linda was the most thoughtful and selfless person.  My sister and I were always so excited to see her, and she always seemed to make everything possible.”

Linda served her community as a member of the Haledon Ambulance Corps, a volunteer organization serving three towns, and departed the organization as a lifetime member. Linda passed in July of 2017. Melissa, Sheree, and Jo Ann wish to honor Linda’s memory and created this scholarship to benefit an undergraduate student who has made a commitment to any first responder role.

The essay for this scholarship should include what you do in a first responder role and why you chose it.

  • An undergraduate student in any major
  • A student who has made a commitment to any first responder role

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2020 Recipient

Jamie Anne Anderson

Jamie Anne Anderson of Cliffside Park, N.J. is in her final year of Nursing school.  The senior holds a 3.4 GPA, is on the Dean’s List, and is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor society. She is also an active member of the Nursing Student Organization and was the team manager for the Ramapo Women’s Basketball Team.

Outside of school, Jaime volunteers as an EMT at Fairview Emergency Response and Mahwah Emergency Medical Services. During the week, she works at Pulse Transport, and on the weekends, she works as an EMT for Cliffside Park Emergency Medical Services.

Jamie has also worked as a student nurse in the critical care unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital. After Ramapo, she plans to pursue a nursing career in the military, attain her Masters of Science in Nursing, and hopefully travel and work with Doctors Without Borders.


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