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Eileen Bibas ’93, who passed away in 2014, left funds in her will to establish an endowment in memory of her brothers, Curtis and Frederick Leeper. This endowment will provide a scholarship to students with financial need in the Anisfield School of Business.

  • Financial need based on Ramapo College Foundation policy
  • Students enrolled in the Anisfield School of Business
  • Good academic standing

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2020 Recipients

Rachel Doherty

Rachel Doherty of Washington Township, N.J. is an Accounting major with a 3.9 GPA and continuous Dean’s List status. Rachel is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta, and has served as the photographer for Love Your Melon. Rachel also works in the Office of Specialized Services, where she is a year-round student aide. She plans to continue her education at Ramapo by earning her Masters of Accounting Degree as part of the 4+1 MSAC program.

Amanda Parisi

“I am very passionate about hard work and will never give up, no matter what,” says Amanda Parisi, a Business Management major from Fair Lawn, N.J. She has a 3.8 GPA and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

For Earth Day, Amanda participated in Ramapo’s campus-cleanup, and off-campus, she volunteers with Restore Native Plants to sustain and protect native plants and animals.

Amanda was promoted to a manager of Rita’s Italian Ice in Glen Rock, N.J. She plans to be a successful businesswoman and hopes to one day work in New York City.

2019 Recipient

Jelena Melnichenko

“Since an early age, I had a passion for mathematics and enjoyed working with numbers. Now, I have the great opportunity of turning my passion into my profession which I will enjoy throughout my life,” says Accounting major Jelena Melnichenko of Garfield, N.J.

She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Judith K. Winn School of Honors. Jelena is also a student member of NJCPA (New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants). She has a 3.98 GPA.

She works full-time as an administrative assistant in the accounting field. Jelena has two children. She has volunteered at Center for Food Action.

Jelena plans to complete her degree in accounting and become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

2018 Recipient

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 Recipient

Johanna Avila Perez

Johanna Avila Perez of Paterson, NJ is an Accounting major. She has a 3.2 GPA. During her first year was selected to be inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for her academic achievements.

At Ramapo, Johanna has been active in several activities, including Humans of Ramapo College of New Jersey (HORCNJ) and Relay for Life. Along with friends, Johanna started HORCNJ, and she now holds the club’s treasurer position.

Johanna has also been involved in off –campus activities and organizations, including House on a Hill and Durga Tree International. Durga Tree has a shelter for women rescued from human trafficking and along with others has held activities to raise funds for these survivors.

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