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Jackie Fain Garber graduated from Ramapo College in 1975 and became a kindergarten and Montessori teacher. In 2001 she and her husband Paul decided to start an annual scholarship to recognize good students with financial need who may need a little help in paying their college costs. “I’ve gotten so much from my Ramapo education,” Jackie said at the time, “I would like to give back.” Students who receive the Garber Scholarships can be studying any discipline, but must demonstrate financial need and be in good academic standing.  Sadly, Mr. Garber died in March, 2014.

  • Have a GPA of 2.60 or higher
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Foundation policy
  • Applicants must submit an essay describing what a scholarship would mean to them and why it is important to you to receive a college education

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2020 Recipients

Sadiera Esannason

“I have always dreamed of going to college,” says Sadiera Esannason. “As a first generation college student, education has been a struggle for me.”  Sadiera is a Theatre major with a concentration in Acting.  At Ramapo, she is active in the Student Government Association, Alpha Psi Omega (National Theatre Honor Society), and performed in Antigone, one of the Theatre Department’s mainstage productions.

Sadiera is a resident of Carteret, N.J. In 2017, she won a Student Leadership Award for her high school leadership contributions.

Post-graduation, she plans to work in entertainment, specifically on television. Her all-time goals are to start her own foundation, named Infinite Love, and land a job on Law & Order: SVU.

Diana Tieluszecki

“I strive to live life with a positive mindset and would like to help others do the same,” says Diana Tieluszecki of Haskell, N.J.  Diana is a Psychology major and a Dean’s List student. She is currently a research assistant at Ramapo and a member of the Psychology Affiliation.

“I love psychology because it helps me gain a better understanding of myself and others,” she says. Diana would like to become an Occupational Therapist and maybe even a Professor one day. She hopes to better the lives of others through compassion and empathy.

Warren Semper

Warren Semper is a Senior Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) student from Dumont, N.J. He is a Literature major with a concentration in Creative Writing.

He has worked as an Office Assistant in the EOF Office, an EOF Peer Mentor, the Posting Coordinator for the Center for Student Involvement (CSI), and a JLee’s Associate. He has also been involved in Community Blood Services.

Warren makes every effort he can to broaden his horizons and has studied at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan, and Korea University in Seoul, South Korea.


Paulina Rusinek

Paulina Rusinek of Hamilton, N.J. is a Nursing Major. She has a 3.47 GPA. She successfully completed the Educational Opportunity Fund summer program before entering Ramapo in fall 2018 as a freshman and earned Dean’s list her freshman Spring Semester.

She is the treasurer for Alliance of EOF and Friends (AEF), a Big for Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS), and a Peer Mentor for the Incoming EOF Students.

Paulina works as a Volunteer Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) teacher at St. Gregory the Great Academy CCD program in Hamilton and she also volunteers with her sister’s Girl Scout troop to make a difference in her community.

“Once I graduate, I plan to pass my NCLEX and work at a hospital in a unit which revolves around helping premature babies that have been affected by the substance use disorders of their family members to grow and develop. I want my actions and motivation to show other first-generation college students that nothing is impossible and to never give up on their dreams.”


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.


Patrice Lenowitz

As Ramapo College’s first Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship recipient and the first Degree Completion Program (DCP) student to study abroad, Patrice Lenowitz received college credits to travel to Cusco, Peru, over the winter 2020 term. There, she studied climate change and the significance of protecting indigenous women farmers. Immersed in Peruvian history, culture and food, she explored the 15th century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, learned salsa in Cusco, and trekked 17,000 feet above sea level to reach the top of Rainbow Mountain.

Outside of school, Patrice has been involved in activities and organizations serving the greater community for over a decade, including founding The Nurtured Parent, a free weekly support group for survivors of domestic abuse. Her passion and leadership have led to new child protection laws and victim’s rights legislation amendments. Her two most recent accomplishments signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy include Erin’s Law, K-12th grade safe touch education that will go into effect for the 2020/2021 academic year, and a landmark victim compensation bill (S498/A3391) that will increase the legal assistance benefit for crime victims from $3,000 to $10,000, paid through the New Jersey Victims of Crime Compensation Office beginning August 2020.

As a first-generation graduate of Ramapo College, Patrice is considering law school, for she is determined to create a trauma informed, trauma responsive, and trauma preventative New Jersey.

She is from Woodcliff Lake, N.J. and a Professional Communications major. She has a 3.8 GPA.


Kimberly Lanholm

“I found great inspiration from exploring public healthcare during my study abroad trip to Ghana and hope to become a nurse practitioner in underserved communities,” says Nursing student Kimberly Lanholm. The senior has a 3.75 GPA and was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta and Golden Key honor societies. She is the captain of the Rock Climbing Team, a member of the Nursing Student Organization and the Peer Facilitation Program. She also helps recruit new students to the College as a Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassador.

She is from Cinnaminson, N.J.

Kimberly Evans

“I hope to get a job as a high school history teacher and eventually go to graduate school to earn my Master’s degree in history,” says Kimberly Evans, a History major in the Teacher Certification Program as well as the College Honors Program. She has a 3.96 GPA.
At Ramapo, Kimberly serves as the secretary for the Future Teachers at Ramapo Club junior year in addition to becoming a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honors Society, and Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. In the spring of 2018, she worked in conjunction with the EOF Program as a Student Supplemental Instructor. She also previously worked at the Jane Addams Papers Project as a transcription assistant.

Currently, Kimberly is a student teacher in a high school history classroom at Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, where she would love to become more involved by volunteering to help run a club. Some of her proudest accomplishments include giving a college lecture to Dr. Mustafa’s World Civilizations class and presenting her research at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in November 2018.
Kimberly is from Sayreville, N.J


Wendy Marie Drews

Wendy Marie Drews has much to be proud of. She was a featured artist in the Nyack Art Walk 2019, and also has a trademark to her name: SKY – Somebody Knows You, which stemmed from a poem she wrote to inspire others not to give up hope.

She is a Visual Arts major with a concentration in Photography, and transferred from Rockland Community College. While at Ramapo she hopes to get into ceramics, design a website, and explore documentation photography of the Monarch Biosphere sanctuary. “In whatever I do, my goal is to help people.”

Wendy is from Suffern, N.Y.


Rachel Coakley

Rachel Coakley of New Milford, N.J. is a Social Work major. She graduated from Bergen Community College with an honors diploma and transferred to Ramapo to complete her undergraduate degree in 2017. She graduated summa cum laude in May 2019 and is now working toward her Master of Social Work advanced standing degree at Ramapo.

Rachel has remained on the Dean’s List throughout her college career and is a member of eight college honor societies including Phi Theta Kappa, Psi Beta, Tau Sigma, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Golden Key International Honour Society, Chi Alpha Epsilon, Phi Alpha, and Omicron Delta Kappa. She has a 4.0 GPA.

She is passionate about helping others and has been involved in the non-profit organization ArtWorks, which provides access to the arts for children in hospitals who face chronic and life-limiting illnesses.

Post-graduation, Rachel plans to begin working toward her Ph.D. in social work so she may eventually pursue a career in post-secondary education and teach the future generation of social workers.


Anxhela Kalia

Anxhela Kalia of Fair Lawn, N.J. is a sophomore Psychology major with a Neuroscience minor. She has a 3.8 GPA, and is a member of the Ramapo College Honors Program and Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society. She has also been a Dean’s List recipient every semester. “I’m proud to be the first person to receive a bachelor’s degree in my family, and I hope to have a career as a Neuropsychologist.”

Anxhela is a Resident Assistant in Bischoff Hall, the Founder and President of the Psychology Affiliation on campus, and a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. She is also an Honors Developmental Leader and part of the Admissions Team for the Honors Program. She recently attended the Northeast Regional Honors Conference.

Anxhela works as a Pharmacy Technician at CVS Pharmacy. She also volunteers for blood drives, Special Olympics, her church’s youth group, and campus clean ups.


Javier Guzman

“I am most proud of being a first generation college student,” says Javier Guzman of Paterson, N.J.  The Information Technology major has a 3.26 GPA and was previously awarded Dean’s List status during the Summer and Fall of 2017.  He is also participating in the Foundation Mentorship Program.

Javier currently works part-time at Lakeland Bank. “I hope to work in cyber security after I graduate.”


Sierra Rodgers

Sierra Rodgers of Fair Lawn, N.J., is an Accounting Major with a 3.95 GPA. She is in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Association.

While staying dedicated to her studies, Sierra works a part-time job and recently started an internship at ExpressScripts.


Robertson Guercy

Robertson Guercy of Mahwah, N.J. is a Contemporary Arts major in Professional Communications in the Adult Degree Completion Program. He has a 4.0 GPA.

At Ramapo, Robertson has been active in Golden Key International Honour Society. Robertson has also been involved in nonprofit organizations, including The United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Long Island and Volunteer New York in partnership with his employer Sterling National Bank.

He enjoys spending his leisure time with his wife and three beautiful children and is also active in his local church community in Rockland County, N.Y.

After he completes his undergraduate degree, he hopes to continue his studies at Ramapo pursuing his MBA, and continue to thrive in his career in Finance.

 


Amy Jaglowski

Amy Jaglowski of Dunellen, N.J. is a Nursing major. She has a 3.61 GPA, is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, and is a Dean’s Scholarship recipient.

At Ramapo, Amy is active in Leaders in Service, S.A.I.L., the Nursing Student Organization, Ramapo Readers and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. She works off campus as the head counselor at a youth theater camp, serving as a teacher and stage manager. Upon graduating from Ramapo College with a BSN, she plans to attend graduate school to earn an MSN.


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 Recipients

Carlie Flynn

Carlie Flynn of Ramsey, N.J. is Psychology major with minors in Neuroscience and Women & Gender studies. She has a 3.7 GPA and is a member of Psi Chi Honor Society and Golden Key International Honor Society.

Carlie is proud to have participated in two of Ramapo’s alternative breaks: the 2017 spring break trip to Asheville, North Carolina and the 2018 winter break trip to Ghana. She is currently conducting research on campus and hopes to one day become a clinical child psychologist while researching pain perception.


Brianna White

“Since I am a freshman, I am not yet involved as I want to be. I entered Ramapo reserved and shy, but I hope to become more involved in community service and work study,” says Biology major Brianna White of Jersey City, N.J.

Brianna has been active in the Black Student Union on campus. Brianna has also been involved in an off-campus organization in her hometown, New City Kids, where she tutored young children and helped them with homework. She served as a “reading buddy” to first through fourth graders by challenging them to read books beyond their reading level.  Brianna’s encouragement and incentives to assist them in accomplishing their goals were well recognized.

She has a GPA of 3.3.

 


Jaime Rodriguez

Jaime Rodriguez of Hackensack, N.J. is a History and Political Science major.

At Ramapo, Jaime is the President of Phi Alpha Delta (Pre-Law) Fraternity, Secretary of Kappa Sigma (Pi-Nu), and a member on the HGS Dean’s Advisory Council.

In his hometown he serves as a member of Hackensack’s Access for All Advisory Board to City Council.

 


Sarah Martinho

Sarah Martinho of Hazlet, N.J. is a Law and Society major and Anthropology minor. She has a 3.9 GPA and plans to attend law school, and hopes to practice family law. “I take extreme pride in my work, and am dedicated to both academics and serving my community.”

As a sister of Tri Sigma, Sarah has held two officer positions, CPH Delegate and Education Director. In Phi Alpha Delta, Sarah has had the honor as serving as the Scholarship Chair. For the Center for Student Involvement, Sarah has held the position of Roadrunner Central Attendant and Platinum Coordinator.

She is an employee of Costco, a captain of a Relay for Life team, and has interned for the Tamara for NJ Congressional Campaign.


Patrice Lenowitz

Patrice Lenowitz of Woodcliff Lake, N.J. is a junior majoring in Contemporary Arts/Professional Communications in the accelerated degree program. She has a 4.0 GPA.  She came to Ramapo with an Honors and PTK associate’s degree from Bergen Community College.

Patrice has been involved in activities serving the greater community for over a decade, including founding The Nurtured Parent, a free weekly support group for survivors of domestic abuse.  She has served as the domestic violence and human trafficking community educator at the Center for Hope and Safety, and has presented on the topics of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking at Ramapo.

Patrice is a domestic violence survivor, victims’ rights advocate, activist, public speaker and playwright. In 2018 her co-authoring play titled Forbidden to Protect debuted in Albany, N.Y. to rave reviews. Of paramount importance to her work is advocating for victims’ rights, and to unravel why our courts routinely fail the most vulnerable in our society, women and children in crisis seeking a life free from abuse. Her passion and leadership have led to new child protection legislation in N.J.

“My goal is to become a great change activist, ensuring that the rights, safety, health and well-being of our nation’s women and children become our top priority in law and society.”


Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez is a first-year Political Science major from Passaic, N.J. She holds extensive pride in her hometown and hopes to work in local government one day. In high school, she actively participated in Student Council, and was able to work with members of the Board of Education in her hometown to help change school policy.

In her first semester at Ramapo, she has become a Senator-at-Large for the Student Government Association, serving as a Liaison to the Women’s Center and serving on the Diversity Committee. She is the current Secretary for the Association of Latinos Moving Ahead and volunteers at the Women’s Center. She is also in the Educational Opportunity Fund program and is immensely grateful for the support and motivation it has given her.

“I’m so grateful for my family for inspiring me to keep working hard. My goal is to continue making them, as well as Passaic, proud.”


Hatice Ozen

Hatice Ozen of Paramus, N.J., is a third-year Computer Science major with a minor in Economics. As a freshman, Hatice was selected as one of the first two freshman representatives of the Anisfield School of Business Dean’s Student Advisory Council, where she has been helping to improve the opportunities for business majors. She is also the publicist for Females in S.T.E.M. Society, an organization dedicated to women pursuing educations in S.T.E.M. fields.

She has also been involved in off-campus activities, including tutoring children to help improve their reading and language skills, volunteering for causes that improve our community, and mentoring other females to help motivate the pursuit of higher education. “With my technical skills, I hope to improve the society of today for a better tomorrow through technological innovations as well as applications that will improve the standard of living for many.”


Giselle Ruiz

Giselle Ruiz of Pompton Lakes, N.J. is a Visual Arts Major with a concentration in Drawing and Painting: Art Therapy with a Psychology Minor. She has a 3.7 GPA.

Giselle is grateful to the EOF program for helping her to achieve her goal of a college education.  In addition to serving as a Peer Mentor for incoming EOF scholars, she works on campus with Dining Services.

“After I graduate, my goal is to help others through art, as art has helped me cope with life’s craziness.”


Savanah Michelle Moreno

Savanah Michelle Moreno of North Bergen N.J. is a Psychology major. She has a 3.0 GPA.

At Ramapo, Savanah has been active in the ENHANCE program, Nursing Student Organization and Ramapo Pride. She is an active Peer Mentor in the ENHANCE program.

Savanah has also been involved in off –campus activities and organizations, including interning for her high school’s nurse and working off campus with a dog walking company, Trusty Tails, where she interacts with clients and animals alike daily.

“I am proud to be the first in my family to attend college and strive to make my family proud as well as set a good example for my younger sibling and cousins.” She plans on pursing a master’s degree and hopes to work with children in the foster system.

Stephanie Guzman

Stephanie J. Guzman of Guttenberg, N.J. is a Business major with a concentration in Finance and a minor in International Business. She has a 3.9 GPA.  Stephanie is an Honors student who has made Dean’s List since she was a freshman. She works on campus at the Center for Student Involvement under SARM (Student Activities Revenue Management).

At Ramapo, she has served as Secretary for Model United Nations and is a member of the Honors Admissions Team. She is currently the Vice-President for the Association for Latinos Moving Ahead and is on the E-board for the Honors Program. Stephanie has also volunteered at the Hoboken Homeless Shelter and Jersey City Medical Center, MEVO, and House on the Hill.

Stephanie was a part of the Citi Bank Early ID Mentorship program where she learned a lot about the banking industry from her mentor. She previously worked at two law offices, and plans on pursuing law school after graduation.



2018 Recipients

Nicky Vasquez

Nicky Vasquez of Garfield, N.J. is an International Studies major with a double minor in History and Africana Studies. He is on the Dean’s List and is President of Sigma Iota Rho, the International Studies Honor Society. His GPA is 3.75.

At Ramapo, Nicky is the Publicist for the Active Minds Club, a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, and the student liaison for the International Studies major. He devotes a lot of his time helping other students in his major.

“I am particularly proud of becoming President of Sigma Iota Rho because I can use this leadership position to extend help to all International Studies students. Giving back and helping others is something I’m passionate about.”

He has worked part-time throughout his college career to contribute financially to his education.  He also interned at Grupo Cajolá, a small non-profit organization and at Estro Communications as a marketing intern.

“My plan is to take a gap year after graduation to explore professional opportunities in other fields, and then complete my Master’s degree in Marketing or Public Relations.”


Melissa Plock

“I plan to earn my Master in Nursing and become a travel nurse,” says Melissa Plock of Middlesex, N.J.

Melissa is part of the Nursing Student Organization on campus.  She holds an off-campus job as a hostess and sales associate, and also volunteers at the Special Olympics and Relay for Life. She has a 3.0 GPA.


Kimberly Lanholm

Kimberly Lanholm of Cinnaminson, N.J. is a Nursing major. She has a 3.89 GPA and was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta national honor society. She is the treasurer of the Nursing Student Organization, a Peer Facilitator, and a Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassador.

She volunteers at Special Olympics events and volunteers at local nursing homes. She hopes to study healthcare in Ghana through the study-abroad program, and to eventually become a nurse practitioner.


Sabrina Santamaria

Sabrina Santamaria is a junior Political Science major. She has a 3.89 GPA and has continuously received recognition by the Dean’s List for her academic achievements. She is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Golden Key International Honour Society (Vice President). In addition, Sabrina serves as the President of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society.

Sabrina is active on campus in several organizations including the Student Government Association (Senator of HGS), the HGS Dean’s Advisory Council, Phi Alpha Delta: Pre-Law Fraternity, and the Ramapo Journal of Law & Society (Volunteer Editor).

She interned recently for a Congressional campaign where she assisted in the election process. She also recently interned for the Honorable Judge Linda Lordi Cavanaugh in the Superior Court of Essex County.


Angela Lee

Angela Lee of Leonia, N.J. is a Nursing BSN/RN major with a 3.75 GPA.  “I’m proud to have made the Dean’s List consistently since freshman year.”

She is an active member in the Nursing Student Organization on campus. Angela has also served her community by volunteering as an after-school teacher, and as a medical volunteer for the Hospital Elder Life Program at the Hackensack University Medical Center.


Julia Bemke

Julia Bemke of Ridgefield Park, N.J. is a Mathematics major on the teacher education track.

She has served as Vice President for the Bischoff Residence Hall Committee, and is a member of Future Teachers of America.

When she doesn’t have class, Julia works per diem as a substitute teacher, and often returns to her hometown’s After Care program to work.


Allison Johnson

While she hasn’t formally chosen a major yet, sophomore Allison Johnson knows where she wants to end up. “I hope to pursue a career in either math education or computer science. I have always loved working with children and would enjoy teaching math to middle schoolers. I also have developed an interest in coding and would like to possibly explore a career as a web developer, where I can express my creativity by using code to develop websites for a company or a client.”

At Ramapo, Allison has been active in several organizations and activities, including Alpha Lambda Delta, an honor society on campus, where she is on the e-board as the Historian. As the Historian, she documents the meetings and activities put forth by the society. She has also been involved with the Girl Scouts for 10 years, where one of her greatest accomplishments was receiving her Girl Scout Silver Award. Allison spent many hours fundraising for money and supplies, in addition to reaching out to various companies for donations to purchase backpacks and other necessary school supplies for children in low income households.

Allison is from Waldwick, N.J. and has a 3.87 GPA. She has earned a spot on the Dean’s List every semester while at Ramapo.


Sara Elgazzar

Sara Elgazzar of Hopatcong, N.J. is pursuing a major in American Studies and a minor in Psychology. She has a 3.1 GPA.

She is part of the Peer Facilitation Program and the Orientation Program at Ramapo, where she mentors and encourages first year students. She is also a member of the Student Government Association, where she is able to enact positive change and help make an impact on campus and in the community.

Sara is a member of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellowship Program, which allows her to attend conferences and learn about the field of Higher Education and Student Affairs. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to attend Graduate School to earn a Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs.


Brianna Burkert

Brianna Burkert of Bridgewater, N.J. is a Communication Arts major with a concentration in Global Communication and Media. She is also pursuing the Business Essentials Certificate. She has a 3.71 GPA and has been on the dean’s list every semester since freshman year. Brianna is part of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Arts Honors Society.

At Ramapo, Brianna has been active in several organizations including the community service fraternity, and Alpha Phi Omega, where she has served as the Public Relations Officer.


Thanuri Udumulla Arachchilage

Thanuri Udumulla Arachchilage of Sri Lanka is a Business Administration major with a concentration in management. She has a GPA of 3.75 and has been on the Dean’s list for two consecutive semesters.

At Ramapo, Thanuri has been active in several organizations and activities, including the International Student Organization and Accounting Club. She works on campus as a student intern to the Vice President of Administration and Finance. She is also a peer facilitator and a member of the Student Disciplinary Review Board.

She plans to go to law school after graduating from Ramapo and pursue a PhD in either Business or Law.


2017 Recipients

Jade Ashe

Jade Ashe of Franklin, NJ, is a Psychology major and Visual Arts minor. She has a 3.75 GPA.

At Ramapo, Jade is a returning adult student who is an active member of the Women’s Center, Active Minds, and the Visual Arts Society.

Jade is also a pharmacy technician who works close to full-time hours at CVS. She is one of the leading technicians at her store, offering guidance to others when needed.


Candace Beboe

“I am proud of the growth that I have undergone during my time at Ramapo and hope to have a career as an attorney and help fund the education of students like myself in the future,” said Candace Beboe of Jersey City, NJ.  She’s active in the Student Government Association, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority on campus. “In the positions I’ve held with these groups I’ve become a better leader and friend to my peers,” she added.

Candace has also been involved in off-campus organizations, including New City Kids, actively participating through their alumni base.

She has a 3.82 GPA and has been on the Dean’s list since her freshman year.


Ji Eun Lee

Ji Eun Lee of Leonia, New Jersey a sophomore Nursing major. She has a 3.35 GPA.

At Ramapo, Ji Eun is part of the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship Club.  She is the first in her family to pursue a bachelor’s degree and hopes to earn her master’s degree as a Nurse Practitioner.


Aviad Mana

“I’m proud of my accomplishments at Ramapo,” said Aviad Mana, of Allentown, PA. “I’ve managed my academics, extracurricular activities, and my social life, all while raising my GPA significantly.”

At Ramapo, Aviad has been active on the Swim Team. He volunteered to help out during Ramapo’s annual Special Olympics, he raised money to donate to the swim team, and he volunteered to help younger children during their own swim meets. He has also played intramural sports.

Aviad has also been involved in his local synagogue where he was a volunteer life guard, and Jewish Community Center, where he was a swim instructor for young children.

Post-graduation, Aviad plans to work hard and be successful in the business world. He hopes to own his own business, and share his success with family and friends around him.

Aviad is a Business major with a concentration in Finance. He has a 3.7 GPA.


Heidi Pilla

“I hope to make an impact on children’s lives by teaching elementary school and getting my Master’s in special education,” said Heidi Pilla of South Plainfield, NJ.  The Literature major has a 3.7 GPA and remains on the Dean’s List.

Heidi is part of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), where she serves as vice president, Sigma Tau Delta, the Ramapo Leadership Institute and Relay for Life.

Off campus, Heidi has volunteered as a tutor for Teaneck’s Math Adventures and Word Play and the South Plainfield Special Olympics. “I’m proud to consistently be a member of the Dean’s list, in addition to playing on the Ramapo Women’s lacrosse team and being involved on campus,” she added.


Melissa Plock

Melissa Plock of Middlesex, NJ is a Nursing major. She has a 3.0 GPA.

At Ramapo, Melissa has been active in several organizations and activities, including NSO- Nursing Student Organization.

Melissa has also been involved in off- campus organizations including the Middlesex Do Something Club and community service around Middlesex County. She also has a job as a hostess.


Austin Rafuls

Austin Rafuls hopes to put his Computer Science degree to work post-graduation…”whether it is with the Department of Defense to protect and serve our country or creating software applications to help aid education of those in need,” said Austin.

At Ramapo, Austin is a member of the Computer Club and serves as Secretary of his Residence Hall Council.

Austin has also been involved off –campus, including volunteering at the MEVO Fresh Root Farm and Manhattan View Healthcare Center.  At MEVO, he helps in clean-up events to help rid the environment of harmful manmade elements. At Manhattan View, he did office work and hands on work in the recreation department.

“I’m most proud of the relationships I have with myself, my family, and others,” added Austin, “I still manage to remain positive and joyous even when surrounded by dark clouds.”

Austin is from Bergenfield, NJ.

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.


Nathaly V. Tavarez

Nathaly V. Tavarez of Paterson, NJ is a Biology major. She has a 3.433 GPA.

At Ramapo, Nathaly has been active in several organizations and activities, including Organization of Latino Unity and Black Student Union.

Nathaly has also been involved in the Hispanic Multi-Purpose Services Center and Habitat for Humanity.



2016 Recipients

Dayra Cerda

Dayra Cerda of Passaic, NJ is a Business Administration major, concentrating in Marketing with a minor in International Business. She has a 3.2 GPA.  Dayra was inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society.

At Ramapo, Dayra is a Resident Assistant, Peer Facilitator and the secretary of the Association of Latinos Moving Ahead.

Dayra is proud to be the first person in her family to pursue a bachelor’s degree and hopes to earn her masters in Higher Education.


Esther Kim

Esther Kim of Cherry Hill, NJ is a Nursing major. She has a 3.532 GPA. Esther is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing.

At Ramapo, Esther has been active in several organizations and activities, including United Asian Association, where she served as public relations officer. She has also been involved in the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, where she serves on the publicity committee.


Sasha Lopez

Sasha Lopez of Weehawken, NJ is an International Studies major and Human Rights and Genocide minor.  She has a 3.4 grade point average.

At Ramapo, Sasha has been active in several organizations and activities, including Organization of Latino Unity, where she serves as treasurer, and Leaders in Service. She also serves as the Secretary and Historian for Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority.

Sasha is an events intern with Amnesty International USA where she was exposed to human rights violations. She has also been involved with the International Rescue Committee, Ramapo College Alternative Spring Break (Arkansas), Ramapo College Alternative Winter Break (Costa Rica), Community Food Bank, Peer Leadership, and Oasis: Haven for Women and Children.

“Ramapo and its amazing faculty have helped make me more of a problem solver and critical thinker.  I have enjoyed the support faculty has given me in supporting my dreams to have a career in International Development.”


Anthony Morales

Anthony Morales of North Bergen, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Management. He has a 3.3 GPA. Anthony was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Chi Phi Epsilon Honor Society.

Anthony has been active in several organizations and activities, including A Better Tomorrow, Enactus, ALMA, and Residence Life, as a resident assistant. Off campus he is a volunteer for Oasis, the Haven for Women and Children.


Nicole Rothenbucher

 

Nicole Rothenbucher of Sandy Hook, CT is a Psychology major, and a Neuroscience minor. She has a 3.77 GPA. Nicole was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta (first year student honor society), and Psi Chi: The International Honor Society of Psychology. She aspires to obtain a masters degree in occupational therapy, and is interested in working with individuals suffering from traumatic brain injuries. Nicole has been working and volunteering with children of all ages for over ten years.

At Ramapo, Nicole is a tutor for the Office of Specialized Services and the Educational Opportunity Fund.

Nicole volunteers off campus as at Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff, NJ, and observes occupational therapists in various locations. She also tutors at Mahwah High School.

 


Karen Bassil

Karen Bassil is an Accounting major in the Anisfield School of Business.

Riley McArthur

Riley McArthur is a junior from West Milford, NJ majoring in Literature.

Lenin Veras

Lenin Veras of Passaic, NJ is a Finance major with a GPA of 3.02.

Lenin was inducted into the National Honor Society and Chi Alpha Epsilon.  He was a Resident Assistant and is now the Assistant Residence Director for Laurel Hall. In addition, he is President of his fraternity, Lambda Theta Phi and serves as Scholarship Chair for the Interfraternity Council.  He also works part-time as an Office Assistant/Mail Room Coordinator in Residence Life.

Lenin has also volunteered for both OASIS (a haven for women and children), and House on a Hill, a daycare for children.


Nicholas Libraro

Nicholas Libraro is a junior from Hazlet, NJ majoring in Communication Arts.


Rebecca Silverman

Rebecca Silverman is a senior from Midland Park, NJ majoring in Social Work.



2015 Recipients

Nicolle Milstein

Nicolle Milstein of Fair Lawn, N.J. is a biology major.  She has a 3.34 grade point average.  She is a member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honors Society.

At Ramapo, Nicolle has been active in several organizations and activities, including Relay for Life as a Co-chair for the Luminaria committee, Hillel and is a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Off campus, Nicolle also has been involved in the Northern New Jersey Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Affiliation.


Colleen Jones

Colleen Jones of Cranford, N.J. is a nursing major. She has a 3.504 grade point average.

At Ramapo, Colleen has been active in several organizations and activities, including the Nursing Student Organization and Relay for Life. She also is an active member of Sigma Delta Tau where she served as the Vice President of Scholarship for the 2014-2015 terms.

Colleen has also been involved in off –campus activities, including teaching special needs children how to swim at Children’s Specialized Hospital, volunteering with the Girl Scouts of Washington Rock Council and teaching handicapped individuals how to fish with the Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club.


Monica Torres

Monica Torres of Waldwick, N.J. is an accounting major/ international business minor. She has a 3.0 grade point average.

At Ramapo, Monica has been active in several organizations and activities, including Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, Women’s Lacrosse Team, and Relay for Life. She is a Resident Assistant in Bischoff Hall.

Monica has also been involved in off –campus activities and organizations, including volunteering at Hackensack University Medical Center.


Mayra Cabrera

Mayra Cabrera of Queens, N.Y. is a Spanish major with a minor in Latin American Studies.  She has a 3.2 point average and is a member of the Spanish Honor Society- Sigma Delta Pi. Mayra works part-time as a pharmacy technician, attends school full-time and has a 10-year-old daughter. During her spare time, she loves to paint and take long hikes with her daughter. Her goal is to become a high school teacher and to make a positive difference in the Hispanic community.

 


Joanna Bosques

Joanna Bosques of North Haledon, N.J., is a social science major with a concentration in justice. She has a 3.32 grade point average.
Joanna comes from a military family. Her husband is a sergeant in the United States Army and is deployed. She is the mother of two children. Joanna works full time and is a full-time student.


Falestine Solaiman

“At 10, I decided to become a dog walker for my neighbor,” said Falestine Solaiman. “Even though it was only $5 a walk, it was still more than any 10 year old was making at the time! Now 10 years later, I am an official Co-Founder of Ridgewood Paws LLC a dog walking and pet services company.” Falestine is a junior majoring in Business Administration/Marketing who has earned a 3.18 grade point average. She volunteers at Camp Sunshine in her hometown of Ridgewood, NJ. “I have high hopes and dream big,” she said. “Though it may sound like only a dog walking job, it entails a lot more than just walking pooches — I had to become organized and financially stable to create a fully insured start up company from nothing. I see myself as many things; a student, a worker, a dreamer and now I can say I am an entrepreneur.”

Cristhian Vera

Cristhian Vera of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., carries a double major in economics and international business. He also carries an international studies minor. Cristhian is a member of the International Honor Society for Economics: Omicron Delta Epsilon. Cristhian has a 3.73 grade point average.
Off campus, Cristhian has been active in the Ecuadorian and Colombian communities as a member of a civic committee and he teaches ESL to immigrants. He completed an internship at the United Nations where he worked in the second commission dealing with economic and financial issues.
Cristhian plans to pursue a doctorate degree in economics. He is particularly interested in economic development. His goal is to design effective public policies for the best use of resources for education, the eradication of poverty and other global issues.


David Resnick

David Resnick of Ocean, N.J., is an international studies major. He carries two minors, anthropology and human rights and genocide studies. David has a 3.05 grade point average. He was inducted into Alpha Phi Omega, the National Community Service Fraternity.
At Ramapo, David is a member of the Global Roadrunner and the Ramapo First Responders Clubs and Leaders in Service.
David’s career goals include joining the Peace Corps, becoming an officer in the U.S. military and working for a U.S. government international organization.


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2014 Recipients

Anthony Vigna

Anthony Vigna of New Milford, NJ is a Journalism major. He is a writer for Ramapo News and for Nintendojo, a video game news site that reviews and reports on the newest Nintendo games. Anthony said his father inspires him and encourages him to stay in college and pursue his dreams. He was inducted into the National Society for Collegiate Scholars. Anthony said he loves the idea of writing what is on his mind for others to read. He said the scholarship will help him to pursue his dreams with less concern about money. Anthony has a 3.67 grade point average.


Natalie Certosimo

Natalie Certosimo of Hewitt, NJ is an International Business major. She believes that college teaches more than the skills needed for a job. “College has taught me organizational and social skills, critical thinking, time management and responsibility,” she said. She views these skills as necessary for career and everyday life. Natalie is on Ramapo’s Cheerleading squad. She hopes to study abroad and appreciates that the scholarship may allow her to do so. Natalie has a 3.24 grade point average.

The scholarship I have received will help prepare me for the future because it gives me the opportunity to continue my education and work my best at studying what I most enjoy.

Elida Alfaro

Elida Alfaro of Centereach, N.Y. is a law and society major with minors in Spanish language studies and criminology. She has a 3.87 grade point average. Elida was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

At Ramapo, Elida has been active in several organizations and activities, including Relay for Life, College Programming Board and Ramapo Journal of Law and Society. She served as president of the College Programming Board.

Elida has also been involved in off –campus activities and organizations, including interning with the Family Drug Court of Sussex and Morris Counties.

The Garber Scholarship has granted me an invaluable opportunity to continue to pursue my dreams and hopefully one day attend Law school.

Diane Madsen

Diane Madsen of Sparta, N.J., is a social sciences major in the College’s degree completion program. She has a 3.87 grade point average. Diane was inducted into the Golden Key Honour Society.
Off campus, Diane is a group home manager with Sussex County Arc of N. J. She is proud of having facilitated the county’s first Overdose Awareness Day in 2013.
Diane plans to pursue a master’s in social work.


Elvonney Poole

Elvonney Poole of Bayonne, NJ is a Communications major. He is a member of the College’s Men’s Basketball team. Elvonney looks at life as a series of opportunities. This scholarship is an opportunity to further his education while reducing his debt. He said earning a BA degree opens doors for his future career prospects. Elvonney is active in the Black Student Union, Brothers Making a Difference and Relay for Life. He wants to earn his degree to make his parents and himself proud. “One act of kindness goes a long way, and no one ever made it to the top without a little help,” he said. Elvonney has a 2.71 grade point average.


Mauro Pereira-Mendez

Mauro Pereira-Mendez of Kearny, NJ is a Biology major. He knew he wanted to attend college while growing up in Uruguay. His plan became a reality when he moved to the United States. “The sacrifice my parents make every day is one of the main forces that drive me to succeed,” he said. He is an E-board member of the College Programming Board and was inducted in the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society. He is also a discussion facilitator for EOF. Mauro says he relies on financial aid and scholarships to pay for his education and to graduate as debt free as possible. He has a 3.11 grade point average.


Julia Hughes

Julia Hughes of Glen Rock, N.J., is a social work major.

Off campus, Julia has worked as an Apple store specialist for almost five years.

Julia is proud to have paid for five international trips without assistance.


Elissa D'Aries

Elissa D’Aries of Clifton, NJ is a Literature major who is pursuing certification in Elementary Education. Elissa said the scholarship is an opportunity to steady her financial prospects, and for opening her mind to achieve what she never thought possible. Her goal is to pursue her passion and to become financially stable while changing young people’s lives. Elissa has been a supplemental instructor for the College’s EOF program. She has gained valuable classroom experience through this program. She is a member of the Literature Club, Ramapo Readers, Plant Strong, 1Step and Global Roadrunners, among other campus activities. Elissa has a 3.92 grade point average.


Zuleima Alzate

Zuleima Alzate of Wallington, NJ is a Social Work major. She is a returning adult student who admits that attending college as a non-English speaking immigrant is challenging. Zuleima is excited to make her dream a reality. She plans to assist the Hispanic community to learn what services are available to help children. Zuleima works 30 hours a week as a secretary and as an intern at a mental health facility. She was named to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. This life-long learner would also like to learn Italian and sign language. Zuleima has a 3.47 grade point average.


Parker Tubman

Parker Tubman of Totowa, NJ is an American Studies major. He admits that his junior year at Ramapo has been more difficult than the preceding ones. He went from a residential student to a commuter to save on housing costs. He has chosen to live with his grandmother, and the hour drive is sometimes too much after a day of classes and work. Parker is not able to purchase new text books. He only does so when there are no used books available. He is grateful for being a part of the College’s EOF program. However, the program only covered tuition during his freshman year. In the summer, he works two jobs to cover his car expenses and to save money for textbooks. Parker is proud that his mother is doing her best to assist him and feels a responsibility to do for himself. “A scholarship like this could make the life and financial challenges of a fatherless child during his junior year of college a lot smoother,” he said. Parker has a 3.52 grade point average.



2013 Recipients

Emily Brawer

Emily Brawer of Westwood, NJ is a Communication Arts major. As a freshman, Emily completed research
about how female politicians are portrayed on television shows and in movies. What started as a class assignment has blossomed into an issue that she is passionate about. She has presented her research on women’s representation in the media at undergraduate conferences for the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, the Eastern Communication Association, the College’s Communication Arts Media Collision and Celebration of Student Creativity and Scholarship. “The most rewarding part of these experiences was challenging beliefs of others and prompting them to view gender roles through a different lens,” she said. She would like to publish a book about this topic. Emily works three jobs and holds an internship at a public relations agency. She has a 3.96 grade point average.

This scholarship allows me to continue my education, which is not only one of the greatest gifts, but also allows me to take a crucial step toward my ultimate career goal.

Santiago Garzon

Santiago Garzon of Waldwick, NJ is a Biology major. Through his church, Santiago assists in a clothing drive to help families in his native Colombia. He has also volunteered at Camp Sunshine and Merlin’s Kids. He plays competitive soccer for several teams. He views himself as a serious competitor both on and off the field. Santiago has a 2.80 grade point average.

Kyle Tomkins

Kyle Tomkins of Blairstown, NJ is a History major. He is a member of the College’s varsity baseball team and is a volunteer assistant coach for Belvidere High School’s baseball team. He notes with pride that he and his two brothers are college students and all three are paying for their education themselves. Kyle plans to become a middle school teacher. “Some of my greatest role models have always been my teachers,” he says, “and I think by becoming one it would be a great way to give something back to my community.” Kyle has a 2.57 grade point average.

Christine O’Neill

Christine O’Neill of Harrington Park, NJ is an Economics major. She is a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon and Beta Gamma Sigma, and serves on the College’s Judicial Review Board. She is an assistant with the Eastern Economic Association, an organization that is based at Ramapo College. Christine is the first in her family to attend college. A senior, Christine has a 3.79 grade point average. She would like to become a lawyer.


Radhika Shah

Radhika Shah of Montvale, NJ is majoring in Nursing and Psychology. After completing an externship in behavioral health, Radhika is considering psychiatric nursing. Radhika volunteers with a youth group at Vraj Temple and at Sunrise Assisted Living. “Interacting with people helps build skills in communicating therapeutically, which is a skill required in Nursing,” the senior says. Radhika, who has a 3.05 grade point average, says, “receiving the scholarship has been an honor and has affected my life in a positive way.”


Danielle Corcione

Danielle Corcione of Ocean View, N.J., is a literature major with a concentration in creative writing. She is enrolled in the Honors Program and was inducted into the Sigma Tau Delta Literary Honor Society. Danielle has a 3.73 grade point average.

At Ramapo, Danielle has been active in Residence Life, the Potter Library, the Educational Opportunity Fund, Ramapo College Democrats, Model United Nations and the Ramapo News.

Danielle particularly enjoyed participating in a Study Abroad program in Prague, Czech Republic. Danielle plans to attend graduate school to become a college professor.


Saroj Maharjan

Saroj Maharjan is an international student from Nepal majoring in economics and accounting. He has a grade point average of 3.94.
On campus, Saroj has participated in the Federal Reserve Challenge, the CFA Research Challenge Team, the KPMG mentorship program and the United Nation’s DPI Public Youth Conference.


Dhantha Gunarathna

Dhantha Gunarathna of Sri Lanka is an Engineering Physics major with a 3.57 grade point average. He has the distinction of being the only student from Sri Lanka enrolled in Ramapo College this academic year. He is a member of the Physics Club, serves as a Student Ambassador and represents the residents on the third floor of Mackin Hall. Off campus he is a member of a rugby team. “College is extremely important to me because I believe in knowledge, which will last forever,” he says. Dhantha views attending college in the United States as a great achievement in his life.


Caitlin Vogel

“Caitlin Vogel is endlessly curious, hardworking, and a good representative for the literature program, both in the Center for Reading and Writing, and while presenting at conferences,” says a Literature faculty member. She is a senior majoring in Literature with a Psychology minor. Caitlin is enrolled in the Ramapo College Honors Program. She is active in Sigma Tau Delta, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key International Honor Society. Caitlin was inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She is a consultant for the College’s Center for Reading and Writing. “I am very grateful for receiving a scholarship because it will help alleviate student loan debt and allow me to pursue a graduate degree in English,” says Caitlin. She maintains a 3.95 grade point average and is from Wantage, NJ.

This award helps prepare me for graduate school and propels me toward success.

Yovanna Garcia

Yovanna Garcia of Passaic, NJ is a Communication Arts major with a concentration in Journalism. She carries a Sociology minor. Yovanna served as class secretary and then president at Passaic High School. There she was involved in the Interact Club and Leaders in Service among other activities. She plans to become an investigative journalist. This desire is based on Yovanna’s belief that “there are countless awful truths in the world that are shielded from the public eye.” She is the first in her family to aspire to higher education. She appreciates the efforts of her mother to provide for her and her four siblings. A freshman, Yovanna has a 2.76 grade point average.

As a first generation college student, my family and I are truly honored to receive financial help to fund my schooling; this scholarship is a big help for my education and can help me move forward in my studies.


2012 Recipients

Kelly Barkley

Kelly Barkley of Allentown, NJ is a Nursing major. She plans to become a neonatal nurse. She says, “My hope is that I will be able to provide care to infants, and through my experiences, show that even the smallest life form is precious.” She enjoys being able to administer medications and monitoring IVs as a student nurse. But Kelly has come to realize that what’s more important is improving the morale of the patient. Kelly is a member of the Nursing Student Organization, the Golden Key National Honour Society and has been named to the Dean’s List. She volunteers for Relay for Life and Walk for the Cure. Kelly has a 3.90 grade point average.


Gina Bellacera

Gina Bellacera of Hewitt, NJ is a Psychology major. Since high school, she’s had a passion for helping young adults. She wants to become a psychologist and work in the field of substance abuse and law enforcement. Gina has paid for her college expenses and considers it a foundation on which to build other financial decisions. She holds a job at a physical therapy office and volunteers at a bible camp. Gina, who has a 3.50 grade point average, says, “My experience at Ramapo College has helped me to understand that with a college education I am able to excel and pursue my passion with true meaning.”

I would like to thank the Garbers who donated to my academic future.You have given me confidence to keep pushing forward.

Josue Guzman

Josue Guzman of Ridgewood, NJ is a Chemistry major. He became enamored with Chemistry in high school and at Ramapo is a member of the Chemistry Club and the Pre-med Club. The native of Ecuador credits his parents for giving him many opportunities. Josue’s career goal is to become an anesthesiologist specializing in pain management. This goal is particularly personal to Josue; he is a cancer survivor. Josue, who has a 3.72 grade point average, enjoys playing a competitive game of soccer.


Tanya Zbonack

Tanya Zbonack, of Montvale, NJ is a Biology major on a pre-med track. She would like to attend medical, pharmacy or dental school. Tanya is a member of the Biology and Pre-med Clubs. A full-time student, she also works as a waitress. Tanya plans to use the scholarship money to help pay for tuition and books. Receiving the scholarship, she says, “can help me concentrate and reach my full potential for my academic studies.” Tanya has a 3.03 grade point average.

Danielle Grothusen

Danielle Grothusen of Ramsey, NJ is a Literature major. She credits the teachers she’s had throughout her schooling as helping her to achieve her goals. “I have been driven for quite some time to be a special education teacher,” she says. “So that I can have the same positive influence on students that my teachers had on me.” Danielle is a member of the Office of Specialized Services Coalition and the Commuter Club. Danielle, who as a 2.65 grade point average, also works three jobs to help pay for her education.

I would like to say thank you and your scholarship helped me greatly.

Ashley Waldemar

Ashley Waldemar of Teaneck, NJ is a Sociology major. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Academic Affairs Committee of the SGA and president of the Sociology and Criminology Club. Ashley pays for her college expenses. She’s worked as an intern for a congressman, at a community organization, a car dealership and a boutique. Ashley needed to leave school for more than a year to earn money to fund her education. “I realized how important it was to go back to school and finish my degree. As a senior who will graduate in May, I cannot wait to use all of the things I have learned, academic and otherwise, to help improve conditions for people in poverty.” Ashley has a 3.66 grade point average.

I would like to thank you for your kindness and generosity. Your contribution has made it easier for me to balance school and work so that I can perform well in all my academic endeavors at Ramapo.

Samantha Andujar

Samantha Andujar is a Visual Arts major with a concentration in Drawing and Painting. She can remember wanting to be an artist since the age of three. A self-avowed perfectionist, she watched many animated Disney films and, with pencil in hand, emulated every scene. Samantha is enamored with Disney animation. She completed an internship last summer at Walt Disney World Resort and hopes to do another this summer. Not surprisingly, her dream is to work at Disney Animation Studies. On campus, Samantha works as a sales associate at the College Bookstore and as an art monitor in the galleries. Samantha works two to three jobs to help pay for her college education. She has a 2.82 grade point average. She says, “This scholarship and this school is not just a means to a degree. It is a huge stepping stone to following my dreams. A dream I hope one day, with my ambition and determination, can become a reality.”

I would like to say thank you to the Garbers for helping me realize my dream and giving me the tools to continue to achieve that dream.

Maureen Ingraham

Maureen Ingraham of Pittstown, NJ is a Communication Arts major with a concentration in Global Communications and Media. She is interested in films and international studies. “I hold honesty on a pedestal, bring determination into everything I set my mind to and am committed to completing tasks to the best of my ability.” To underscore the point, Maureen participated in a 5K race to benefit Philadelphia Special Olympics. Maureen has held a number of jobs to help pay for college including babysitting, waitressing, photography assistant and a tech assistant/monitor in the Ramapo art galleries. Maureen, who has a 3.86 grade point average, says that “being a student with a learning disability in no way holds you back from being the person you want to become.”

The Jackie and Paul Garber Scholarship has helped me to keep moving towards my goal of graduating from Ramapo with a Bachelor’s in Communication Arts and a minor in International Studies, and furthering my education in graduate school or with work overseas.

Saroj Maharjan

Saroj Maharjan is an international student from Nepal majoring in economics and accounting. He has a grade point average of 3.94.
On campus, Saroj has participated in the Federal Reserve Challenge, the CFA Research Challenge Team, the KPMG mentorship program and the United Nation’s DPI Public Youth Conference.

I am in the USA all by myself. My parents are back in Nepal. I cover all of my expenses myself. With campus jobs and minimizing my own expenses, I have been able to live in the US.This scholarship has relieved me of the financial burden tremendously.Thank you for your generosity. I have been able to maintain a 3.97 GPA despite all the pressures.Thanks to you I will be able to concentrate more on my studies at Ramapo.

Miranda Wyatt

Miranda Wyatt is a Literature major with a concentration in Creative Writing. The senior is surprised by how quickly college life has passed. “Through hard work, determination and perseverance, I have completed seven-eighths of my college education, all while working two part-time jobs, experiencing two internships and maintaining a consecutive 3.5 GPA,” Miranda says. In addition to work and classes, Miranda is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, the Rho Alpha Sigma Honor Society, and is active in Suicide Awareness Programs. Miranda is from Mahwah, NJ.



2011 Recipients

Shanée Murdaugh

Shanée Murdaugh of Newark, NJ is a Biology major with a concentration in the Physician Assistant program. A college education is important to Shanée so she can set a good example for her younger brother and cousins. She works on campus as a student aide and is a member of EbonyWomen for Social Change, Brothers Making a Difference, Social Justice Coalition and Ramapo singing groups. She has a 3.16 grade point average. Shanée plans to work in a pediatric practice.

The scholarship I received will help me attend school at a lower cost. By being able to do this I will be able to save money for medical school.

Alyson Angstreich

Alyson Angstreich of North Brunswick, NJ is a Psychology major who is pursuing certification in Elementary Education. She has worked and volunteered at a number of health care centers, helping stroke patients, preschool children with developmental disabilities and people with Alzheimer’s. Alyson plans to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology to become a speech pathologist. At Ramapo she is president of Hillel, vice president of Kappa Delta Pi and a member of Theta Phi Alpha, the Psychology Coalition and Freshman Caucus. “A college’s goal should be to provide students with critical thinking skills, to instill a passion for learning and to prepare them for what the future will bring after graduation,”Alyson says, “Ramapo is especially skilled in doing just this.” Alyson has a 3.71 grade point average.

After Ramapo, my plan is to attend graduate school to ultimately achieve my goal of becoming a speech-language pathologist. I am so grateful that this scholarship will alleviate some of the financial burden on me.

Tia Cappello

Tia Cappello of Denville, NJ is a Psychology major who is pursuing teacher certification. In high school Tia was a babysitter for a boy with autism. As she watched the boy’s progress in speech therapy, she realized she would like to become a speech therapist. “I believe the gift of speech is one of the most valuable possessions we own,” Tia says. “To be able to give it to another person is something that is worth working extremely hard for.” Tia also is pursuing middle school certification in Science and aYoga Studies certificate. On campus,Tia is a note taker for the Office of Specialized Services and has volunteered with Pony Power Therapies in Mahwah, NJ. She is a member of Colleges Against Cancer, theYoga Club and FutureTeachers at Ramapo. She has a 3.70 grade point average.

This scholarship is not only a financial help, but is also a large form of support in encouraging my continued hard work and focus on my college education. It means a lot to be recognized and it helps to promote working hard in my future.

Cardacia Davis

Cardacia Davis of Hackensack, NJ is a Social Work major. A returning student, she is determined to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Cardacia holds a full-time job and is a director of a residential program that serves clients who are developmentally disabled and mentally ill. On campus she is active with the Social Work Club and Ramapo Readers. For more than 10 years Cardacia has known that she wants to make a difference in others’ lives without them losing their dignity. She has already accomplished that goal and now seeks to perfect it. “I am looking forward to even more challenges, to becoming more knowledgeable and to increase my overall wellbeing,” Cardacia says.

Leidy Duque

Leidy Duque of Hackensack, NJ is an International Business major. A native of Colombia, Leidy is excited about the possibility that the United States will open a free trade agreement with South America. “My objective is to own a business or be part of one that will facilitate international free trade between the United States and South America.” She is confident that her college education, South American roots and ability to speak and write both English and Spanish will provide her with an advantage. Leidy, who has a 3.71 grade point average, is grateful to her family in Colombia for their love and support.


Sabina Ulysse

Sabina Ulysse of Union, NJ is a Psychology major in her junior year. As Haitian immigrants, her parents view education as the gateway to a better life. “I agree with them now more than ever,” says Sabina. She is vice president of Students of Caribbean Ancestry and a member of the Black Student Union. She also holds a paid position on campus. Sabina, who has a 2.94 grade point average, says, “My career goal is to seek a job in the social service field. I like the idea of keeping people healthy —mind, body and soul—through counseling.”

This scholarship is helping me to pursue a degree in psychology. After my studies at Ramapo, I plan to attend graduate school. I am grateful I received this scholarship. I cannot wait to see where my undergraduate degree from Ramapo College can take me.

Jennifer Forde

Jennifer Forde of Dumont, NJ is a Psychology major who is in the process of transferring to the Nursing program. She would like to work in the pediatric or neonatal unit of a hospital and eventually, specialize in infant or toddler intensive care. “I am one of those individuals who will research information outside of class just because I find the material fascinating,” Jennifer notes. She is a member of the Nursing Club, has volunteered at Englewood Hospital and is a receptionist and infant caregiver at a chiropractic office. Jennifer has a 3.36 grade point average.

Josue Guzman

Josue Guzman of Ridgewood, NJ is a Chemistry major. He became enamored with Chemistry in high school and at Ramapo is a member of the Chemistry Club and the Pre-med Club. The native of Ecuador credits his parents for giving him many opportunities. Josue’s career goal is to become an anesthesiologist specializing in pain management. This goal is particularly personal to Josue; he is a cancer survivor. Josue, who has a 3.72 grade point average, enjoys playing a competitive game of soccer.

It allowed me to spend more time on my school work thereby it improved my GPA.

Maria Molina

Maria Molina is enrolled in a graduate program at New York University.


Miranda Wyatt

Miranda Wyatt is a Literature major with a concentration in Creative Writing. The senior is surprised by how quickly college life has passed. “Through hard work, determination and perseverance, I have completed seven-eighths of my college education, all while working two part-time jobs, experiencing two internships and maintaining a consecutive 3.5 GPA,” Miranda says. In addition to work and classes, Miranda is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, the Rho Alpha Sigma Honor Society, and is active in Suicide Awareness Programs. Miranda is from Mahwah, NJ.

The scholarships I received mean more than the money. They were honestly blessings. Without them, my future wouldn’t look so promising. I’m so thankful for them both.


2010 Recipients

Narges Sarrafan

Narges Sarrafan, of Mahwah, NJ is a Biology major. A senior, she has a 3.44 grade point average. Narges has always known she wanted a career in which she could “help others and make a contribution to society.” After volunteering at a doctor’s office in her sophomore year, Narges found her calling. She holds two jobs to help pay for tuition. Still, Narges finds time to be active on campus as a member of the Pre-med andTAS Journal Clubs as well as Phi Delta Epsilon. She was named to the Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society. She plans to attend medical school.

I am honored to be a recipient of the Jackie and Paul Garber Scholarship, I cannot describe in words how thankful I am for this generosity. This scholarship will be of great assistance as I continue my education at Ramapo College.

Stefani DeCarlo

Stefani DeCarlo of Wayne, NJ is majoring in Music with a concentration in Music Industry. She has aspired to a career in music since she was a child. Stefani describes herself as determined, smart and conscientious. She views college as a place where one can “learn more about your occupation of choice and a set of life skills you could never learn anywhere else.” Stefani, who has a 3.40 grade point average, enjoys writing and playing music. She is a member of the Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association and the Italian Club.

The Jackie and Paul Garber Scholarship will aid in my academic success here at Ramapo College. It will provide encouragement as I strive to achieve good grades and a great education.

Janine Casciello

Janine Casciello of Oakland, NJ is majoring in Psychology and is minoring in Latin American Studies. She is also taking courses toward teacher certification in Spanish. Janine envisions earning master’s and doctorate degrees, and ultimately establishing a psychotherapy practice. Although she is not a native Spanish speaker, the language and culture are important parts of her life, especially after traveling to Bilbao, Spain to study abroad. Janine, who has a 3.66 grade point average says, “I am fortunate to be knowledgeable and passionate about two challenging subject areas. I would love to be able to pass on that wisdom to others and help those who are struggling in academics as well as life situations.”

This scholarship will prepare me for my future by helping me out financially with school and by motivating me to continue to strive and do my best at everything.

Madinah El-Amin

Madinah El-Amin of Newark, NJ is a Psychology major preparing for teacher certification. Described by an instructor as a “focused and ambitious young woman,”Madinah served with Americorps for two years. Madinah describes herself as “the rose that grew from concrete.” She credits her father for his dedication and being there to guide her and her son. Madinah, who has a 3.57 grade point average, is a member of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. She envisions herself as being “a constant presence to children in inner cities such as Newark.”

The Jackie and Paul Garber Scholarship will help me in my future by putting me one step closer to receiving my degree so that I can in turn help others.

Waleed Haso

Waleed Haso, a Bioinformatics major, is from Fair Lawn, NJ. A talented scientist, he is enrolled in the Research Honors Program and worked as a Bioinformatics research intern last summer at Cornell University. Waleed, who has a 3.77 grade point average, has tutored Ramapo students in math, computer science and molecular biology. He’s also active in club life as president of the Bioinformatics Club and as a member of the Biology and Computer andTechnology Clubs. Waleed likes to gather data and arrange the information into a scheme to allow him to draw conclusions or reach a solution to a problem. He plans to study for a doctorate degree in Bioinformatics.

I am honored to receive this scholarship. It has helped me with preparations for graduate school and earning my Ph.D.

Kristen Potanka

Kristen Potanka of Wanaque, NJ is a senior majoring in Sociology. She is focusing on family and generational patterns. Her senior thesis includes in-depth research on the gender differences among Ramapo College students. Kristen is a resident assistant, and has received honors such as RA Rookie of theYear, Resident Assistant of theYear and Resident Assistant Best in Region. She’s also a member of the Residence Life Honors Association. In addition, she serves as president of Transfers Unite, a club she co-founded to address issues of interest to transfer students. She is a representative on the Student Government Association and is a Student Ambassador. Kristen, who has a 3.21 grade point average, says of her time at Ramapo, “Ramapo has helped me become not only a strong leader, but has let me use my creativity to benefit many students.”


Caitlyn Ferreira

Caitlyn Ferreira of Lodi, NJ is a Psychology major who is seeking certification in Elementary Education. She has earned a 3.48 grade point average. “I’ve always had a strong need to help others,” says the senior. Caitlyn has been a volunteer for Pony PowerTherapies, Operation Smile, Relay for Life and Shelter Our Sisters, among others. On campus, she serves as vice president and chair of the Standards Board for Theta Phi Alpha and is a member of the Psychology Coalition. She works part-time at a preschool and as a babysitter. Caitlyn says receiving the scholarship is a way “to reach a goal that I have set for myself since elementary school.”

This scholarship will help me prepare for my future because it has enabled me to pursue my education and earn a degree in my field of study. Thank you so much!

Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson of Demarest, NJ is an Accounting major. His goal is to become a CPA. Ryan was named to the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Dean’s List and Alpha Lambda Delta. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council in the Anisfield School of Business and is proud of the Council’s involvement in the school’s accreditation process. “I believe it is extremely important for undergraduates to have work experiences to gain exposure to our global community.” Toward that end, Ryan’s worked as an accounting intern, an English teacher assistant in Chile and participated in a Deloitte Career Building workshop. Ryan, who has a 3.83 grade point average, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Josue Guzman

Josue Guzman of Ridgewood, NJ is a Chemistry major. He became enamored with Chemistry in high school and at Ramapo is a member of the Chemistry Club and the Pre-med Club. The native of Ecuador credits his parents for giving him many opportunities. Josue’s career goal is to become an anesthesiologist specializing in pain management. This goal is particularly personal to Josue; he is a cancer survivor. Josue, who has a 3.72 grade point average, enjoys playing a competitive game of soccer.

This scholarship has been a blessing because I am able to focus on my schoolwork now.

Miranda Wyatt

Miranda Wyatt is a Literature major with a concentration in Creative Writing. The senior is surprised by how quickly college life has passed. “Through hard work, determination and perseverance, I have completed seven-eighths of my college education, all while working two part-time jobs, experiencing two internships and maintaining a consecutive 3.5 GPA,” Miranda says. In addition to work and classes, Miranda is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, the Rho Alpha Sigma Honor Society, and is active in Suicide Awareness Programs. Miranda is from Mahwah, NJ.

The scholarship I have received will prepare me for my future by giving me the opportunity to have a future; one less affected by financial problems and stress. The scholarship gives me the most important thing in my college career-opportunity.


2009 Recipients

Dante Dallavalle

Dante Dallavalle of Bloomfield, New Jersey is a freshman majoring in English literature with a grade point average of 3.45. He is a musician specializing in the guitar and is interested in philosophy, European history and global economics. Dante writes short stories and poems, and “has a passion for literature.”

Jean Semelfort

Jean Semelfort is a senior majoring in psychology. He is from Newark, New Jersey and has earned a 2.88 grade point average. Jean is president of Men of Strength, is a member of the Judicial Review Board, the Psychology Coalition, the Haitian Organization for Progress and Empowerment, and is a senior advisor for Brothers Making a Difference. He is a member of the track and field team. Jean has participated in a study abroad program to China, as well as alternative spring break trips to New Orleans and Mexico. “I plan on studying forensic psychology,” he says, “and will apply to John Jay College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the College of St. Elizabeth.”


Emily Ozynska-Keith

Emily Ozynska-Keith is a freshman from Newton, New Jersey with a 3.42 grade point average. Emily is a visual art major with a concentration in photography. “Every time I pick up a camera, all my worries seem to fade,” she says. She has participated in photography competitions sponsored by the Sussex County Art Heritage Council. Besides a love for photography, Emily is interested in cheerleading, gymnastics, and track. She works two jobs to pay for college.

This scholarship will help me obtain my degree, with less loans to pay back. After graduating, I will be able to start my career without the heavy weight of debt.

Ogechi Onwubu

Ogechi Onwubu transferred to Ramapo from Monmouth University. She is a junior from Ridgewood, New Jersey with a 3.67 grade point average and a psychology major. Ogechi has had to overcome great personal difficulties in order to succeed in college. She is interested in creative writing, nutrition, fitness, exercise and music when not studying psychology.

The Jackie and Paul Garber Scholarship will ultimately help me to fulfill my passion of helping others through my studies in Psychology.The scholarship brings me one step closer to my goals.

Marissa Malkowski

Since both her parents are deaf, Marissa Malkowski is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), and has been intrigued by the cognitive abilities of deaf persons since she was small. This past summer she was an intern at North Jersey Developmental Center, and has been a volunteer at West Bergen Children’s Center. She is a member of the Psychology Coalition, Psi Chi (the psychology honor society), and helped create a website for psychology majors which includes information on different graduate schools in the area and advice on classes psychology majors should take. “I want to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology,” she says. “My studies will help me provide therapeutic intervention for the deaf community and allow me to analyze their language abilities and brain development.” Marissa is a senior majoring in psychology. She has earned a 3.78 grade point average.


Brielle Crowe

Brielle Crowe is a sophomore psychology major from Hawthorne, New Jersey who plans to teach at the elementary level. She earned a 3.76 grade point average and has been named to the Dean’s List every semester. Brielle has volunteered in several children’s education programs, and is also active in Future Educators of America, Ramapo’s First Year Experience, the freshman caucus, and the Student Government Association. She is a member of the Dance Club and the Psychology Coalition.


Brandon Martin

Brandon Martin of Dayton, NJ is a Law & Society major. He plans to attend law school and to become a sports or entertainment agent or a practicing attorney. The foundation for this goal was set in high school where Brandon was cofounder, captain and lead defense attorney for the MockTrial Club. He also played varsity baseball and was a member of the Honor Concert. He continues to play baseball, and earned a spot on the Road Runners team as a walk-on. He works as a student aide in the Office of Admissions, is a student ambassador and a member of the Student Government Association. He also finds time to volunteer for student activities and intramural sports. Brandon, who has a 3.82 grade point average says, “I am making the most of what Ramapo has to offer.”


Viktoriya Staneva

Viktoriya Staneva of Bulgaria is a Finance major with minors in Mathematics and International Business. She wants to become a professor. Viktoriya hopes to help young people achieve their goals and inspire them to reach their full potential —the same way her professors did for her. She has held several paying jobs on campus and is active in the Finance, Math and Model U.N. Clubs, among others. Viktoriya, who has a 3.98 grade point average, would consider it a great honor to become a colleague of one of her Ramapo professors.


Gloria Djelevic

“In life it is imperative that one always strives to move forward,” says Gloria Djelevic of Dumont, NJ. Named in high school as “Most Likely to Succeed in Criminal Justice,” she now devotes herself to her major, Law & Society. Gloria is grateful for what her parents have given her so she can succeed in college. In turn, she is determined to give back to society. She is active in several non-profit organizations and is a note-taker for the College’s Office of Specialized Services. Gloria, who has a 3.77 grade point average, works at a law office to increase her knowledge of the legal field. She plans to attend law school.


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