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Sall, Joseph and Jennie Memorial Scholarship Award

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This award was created in 2000 by Dr. Ted Sall and his wife, Ruth, in memory of Dr. Sall’s parents. Dr. Sall joined the Ramapo faculty in the College’s first year, in 1971, as a professor of biology. Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Dr. Sall received his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Pennsylvania. His research endeavors included investigations with bacteria that could digest oil sludge. During his career at Ramapo Dr. Sall taught courses in microbiology, fundamentals of biology, and senior seminars. He continued to teach full time until 1991, and taught courses occasionally during the next few years. For his many years of distinguished service and teaching the College bestowed on Dr. Sall the title of professor emeritus in biology. Dr. Sall passed away in 2012.

  • For seniors who are continuing their education at an accredited medical school or dental school
  • Recipient chosen in the spring by the medical/dental school advisor

This scholarship is not awarded through the application process.

2022 Recipient


The recipient of this scholarship wishes to remain anonymous.

2020 Recipient

Patricia Young

Patricia Young of Princeton, N.J. is a Biology major with a concentration in osteopathic medicine. Patricia has been on the Dean’s List consecutively since her freshman year. Over the past three years, she has earned her BS in Biology and will be graduating this summer. She is continuing her education through Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fall of 2020.

Her sophomore year, Patricia was a Resident Assistant in Bischoff Hall, and currently, she is a Student Assistant Resident Director in Overlook Hall, where she works twenty office-hours a week and assists residents, RAs, and the resident director as needed. Patricia is also in Alpha Phi Omega, Biology Club, and she’s on the E-Board of a many honor societies such as Rho Alpha Sigma, Golden Key, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Patricia has been a Lifeguard at a variety of aquatic facilities and volunteered at Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad (PFARS).  Through PFARS, she became a state-certified EMT and now rides the ambulance for Princeton. “I’m excited for what the future holds and grateful for the opportunities Ramapo has provided over these past three years.”

2019 Recipient

Kira Abrams

Kira Abrams founded Ramapo’s first American Sign Language Club and has also been involved in the Young Leftists and Progressives and Feminists United Clubs.  She is a research assistant in the PIN neuroscience lab and has presented research on attentional networks.

She works as a part time tutor for the Upward Bound Math and Science program, as well as a textbook editor for Psychology for New Jersey LLC.  “I’m passionate about social justice and humanitarianism as well as science.” She hopes to one day work for Doctors without Borders.

Kira is a double major in Biology and Psychology with a minor in Neurscience and has a 3.6 GPA. She is from Clifton, N.J.

2017 Recipient

Brenda Arthur


Brenda Arthur of Teaneck, New Jersey is a Biology major with a Business Essential concentration. She has a 3.8 GPA.

At Ramapo, Brenda has been active in several organizations and activities. She was the captain of the swim team, a peer facilitator and a global roadrunner. She has also done biological, environmental and literary research.

Brenda has been involved in off-campus activities and organizations as well, including the research associate program at Hackensack University Medical Center and the Lifesource Hospice volunteer program. She is also an assistant swim coach at The Frisch School in Paramus, New Jersey.

After graduation Brenda will be traveling to Spain and Ghana before furthering her education at The Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.







2016 Recipient

Thomas Ajami

Thomas Ajami is a senior from North Haledon, NJ majoring in Biology.

2015 Recipient

Alexandra Brunet

Alexandra Brunet of Harrington Park, NJ is a Biology major. Alexandra has been inducted into the Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society and National Society of Collegiate Scholars Honor Society. At Ramapo, Alexandra has been active in several organizations including, Ramapo Honors Program, TAS Research Honors and TAS Journal Club. Alexandra has also worked on several veterinary related research projects.

Off campus, Alexandra works at a small animal hospital and has participated in several externships with equine hospitals. Alexandra plans to pursue a career in equine veterinary medicine.

2014 Recipient

Kevin Manz

Kevin Manz graduated from Ramapo College in December 2013 with a degree in Psychology. He finished with a cumulative grade point average of 4.00. “Kevin was accepted to seven medical schools,” reported Pre-Med Club advisor Dr. Rena Bacon.

2013 Recipient

Paulina Rodrigues

“I have worked at Advanced Dental Care in Mahwah, shadowed at multiple dental offices for over 300 hours and I did the Gateway to Dentistry externship with UMDNJ,” says Paulina Rodrigues. “I also did implant research at Dr. Shuman’s dental practice.” Paulina is a senior majoring in Biology who has earned a 3.87 grade point average. On campus Paulina is a member of the Ski and Snowboard Club, the Rock Climbing Club, and Phi Delta Epsilon. She works at Valley Stables and at the rock wall in the Bradley Center. “Paulina was accepted to multiple dental schools and will be going to the University of Maryland,” reports professor Rena Bacon, advisor to students planning to attend medical school or dental school. Paulina is from Wayside, NJ.

2012 Recipient

Rami Alrabaa

Rami Alrabaa of North Arlington, NJ is a Biochemistry major. Rami performs exceptionally well in all of his course work and holds a 3.99 grade point average. Rami’s favorite topics include synthetic or medicinal organic chemistry and human biology. He also enjoys volleyball, basketball and above all else, “the almighty sport of ping pong.” Professor Rena Bacon says he “is one of our finest.” He plans to attend medical school at UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School in the fall, and aspires to become a vascular or orthopedic surgeon.

2010 Recipient

Michael DePascale

Michael DePascale is from Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. He is a Biology major who has earned a 4.00 grade point average. The medical/dental school advisor, Dr. Rena Bacon reports that Mike “has been accepted to multiple dental schools, including NewYork University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In addition, his application is pending at Columbia University.”

It is an honor to be recognized as a student who is dedicated to an important and growing field of medicine, and this scholarship will serve as a further motivation to provide excellent medical care in the future.

2009 Recipient

Lorraine Brenner

Lorraine Brenner is majoring in biology, with a chemistry minor. Lorraine is a senior and has earned a 3.69 grade point average. “Lorry was just accepted to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Dental School,” reports professor Rena Bacon. “She is also a top-notch student with a great smile!” Lorraine is from Montville, New Jersey.

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