Lindsay Koskinen, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist and adjunct faculty member at Ramapo College. She and her husband Eric have volunteered in Paterson, N.J. in a variety of ways since the 1980’s. The purpose of their scholarship is to provide funding to African American students who have graduated from a New Jersey inner city high school, and have gone on to be successful college students.
- GPA of 3.2+
- Junior or Senior credit status
- Graduate of a New Jersey inner city high school
- Financial need, determined by Foundation policy
- African American
“My goal is to decrease mental illness in the prison system and void the cycle between poverty, mental illness, and retributive justice. I feel that if I can help troubled convicts from unfortunate backgrounds and decrease potential recidivism then I will make the world a better place to live in,” says junior Psychology major Tyra Asberry. She has a minor in Crime and Justice Studies.
She is a part of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Societies and has held over a 3.5 cumulative GPA for two consecutive semesters. She has been awarded Dean List for Fall 2017, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019 semesters. After only one year at Ramapo she interned at Newark Municipal Court to begin her career journey. Her interests are reading and mentoring.
Tyra is from Newark, N.J.
Janay Davidson of East Orange, N.J. is a Law and Society major with a 3.1 GPA. She has been an active member of the Student Leaders Council, is one of two students to ever be hired as a freshman Peer Adviser at the Center for Student Success, and has been the publicist and current president of Black Student Union.
Janay has volunteered at the East Orange Family Success Center since high school and was invited to give the youth of East Orange a voice by becoming a member of their Youth Board. She has also has interned directly under the East Orange Corporate Council for two summers. Upon degree completion, she plans to attend Law School in order to become a Family Law attorney.
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