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Ippolito, Joseph A. Endowed Scholarship

Mary Ippolito attended Ramapo College as a returning adult student and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982. Following graduation, her work experience included 22 years as a health educator for the Bergen County Department of Health.  Mary is a dedicated member of the Friends of Ramapo and has served as a Friends board member for many years.

This scholarship was a gift to Mary’s husband Joseph.  It is to fund a student registered with the Office of Specialized Services who has a documented medical disability, and plans to attend graduate school.

  • GPA of 3.0+
  • Junior or Senior who plans to attend graduate school
  • Preference given to students with hearing, vision, neurological, neuromuscular or orthopedic disabilities.
  • Essay topic: Describe what plans you have for graduate school, and any graduate programs to which you may have applied. Include the school or workplace accommodations you’ll be requesting, if any, and your career plans. Please proofread your essay; it is recommended that you ask your OSS advisor or other advisor to read your essay before you submit it.

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2022 Recipient

Rachel Azulay

Rachel Azulay of Livingston, N.J. is a Social Work major. She has a 3.8 GPA which has earned her a spot on the Dean’s List every semester. She is a part of numerous honors societies, which include Alpha Lambda Delta and Order of Omega.

At Ramapo, Rachel is the social chairman for Alpha Sigma Alpha where she plans sisterly activities. Rachel is also the student representative for the Gross Center Advocacy Board for Holocaust Studies, where she runs the social media platforms.

She volunteers at the Livingston Educational Center and Shore Kids Pediatric Therapies where she works with children of varying disabilities. Most recently, Rachel helped design a new line of clothing for the visually impaired called VERY.

In the near future, Rachel plans to attend Graduate School to earn a MSW. “I intend to work as a social worker in either a private practice or for an agency where I can utilize my education and help others in need.”

2021 Recipient

Christina Khalil

“Post-graduation, my dream is to find help for those struggling with addiction and to work for drug court,” says Christina Khalil, a first-generation Egyptian American. Christina graduated with B.A. in Psychology and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program. She has a 3.68 GPA and is from Garfield, N.J.

Christina has been involved in off-campus activities and organizations, including working full time as a clinician intern in a behavioral health organization, assisting those who want to obtain treatment.

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.

2019 Recipient

Patricia Giudice

Patricia Giudice of Jackson, N.J. is a Biology major with a Neuroscience minor. She has a 3.4 GPA, is a Presidential Scholarship recipient and member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society.

Patricia has been the publicist and vice president for Hillel, is in her second year of being an OSS Coalition Peer Facilitator, and is also involved with Wellness Is Now.  She also volunteers at Temple Beth Am Shalom and at Six Flags Great Adventure, where she spent her summer as a veterinary intern at the Six Flags Safari. Patricia previously spent two years in the Safari as an animal and conservation educator.

She hopes to continue onto Veterinary school after graduation to obtain a D.V.M.  “I simply do not see a future for myself that is not surrounded by animals.”

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