Founded in 1957, the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic organization of 600 members representing 90 local communities. The primary objective of the Chamber is to be an advocate for the local business community and to promote the economic growth and development of all who live and work in the greater Mahwah region.
To support the Chamber’s commitment to ensure a well trained and educated workforce, the Chamber Board of Directors created an endowed scholarship fund in 1998. The Chamber scholarship provides an award each year to an individual who is an employee, child or sibling of a Chamber member. Ramapo College of New Jersey shares a strong partnership with the Chamber and is honored to administer this scholarship program.
- An individual who is an employee, child or sibling of a Chamber member or who is a Mahwah High School senior
- Recipient chosen by Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee
Julia Seelin of Ramsey, N.J. is a Finance Major with a minor in Business Analytics. She has a 4.0 GPA.
At Ramapo, Julia has been active in several organizations and activities, including AKPsi and Women in Business. In AKPsi, she is involved in the marketing and recruitment committees. In the Women in Business club she is a part of the membership committee.
She also interns for the Ramsey Chamber of Commerce and LVO Management Consulting.
The recipient of this award would like to remain anonymous.
Matthew Lynch of Waldwick, N.J. is a junior Accounting major and has interest in serving in the FBI or as a Secret Service Agent.
At Ramapo, Matt is a project leader for the Enactus Club, a peer mentor for Leaders in Service, and a peer advisor in the Center for Student Success. He also plays intramural flag football.
Off campus, he interns at Goldstein Lieberman LLC, is an active member of the Ho-Ho-Kus Volunteer Fire Department, and is a lifetime Eagle Scout.
Leah Lindstrom of West Milford, N.J. is a History and Political Science major with a minor in Human Rights and Genocide Studies. She has a 3.98 GPA and is a member of the Honors Program.
At Ramapo, Leah has been active in the Peer Facilitation Program, History Club, Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Democracy Matters, where she serves as co-intern. She also has several on campus jobs, including Student Aide for the Office of Specialized Services and Research Assistant for Professor Teigen.
“I apply my knowledge of history and politics to my passion for human rights to help make the world a better place, and plan to do this throughout my life.” She hopes to pursue a PhD after graduating and to continue her research. “This scholarship will help me achieve my goal of a doctorate degree.”
Alisa Harada of Hillsdale, N.J. is an undeclared student. She has a 3.0 GPA. At Ramapo, Alisa is the Vice President of the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honors Society. She also works as a desk attendant and is part of RASA, the Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassadors.
Alisa volunteers at Family Promise and The Valley Hospital, and worked at Woodmont Day Camp during the summer. She works during the school year at TJ Maxx.
“Wherever my future ends up, I know I will be doing what I love the most as I will continue to help and provide a service to many people,” says Olivia Ondrof. Her options include continuing her studies in biology as a researcher studying Lyme disease, becoming a biologist technician, or attending an accelerated nursing program to become a pediatric registered nurse.
Olivia has been active on campus, helping raise funds for the Relay for Life, which achieved its goal of $50,000 raised last year. She also spoke on campus to spread awareness about Lyme disease. She works as a child caregiver, as well as summer camp counselor at the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA.
The Biology major is from Rockaway, NJ.
Rachel Agnello of Midland Park, NJ is a Psychology major. She has a 3.67 GPA.
Rachel is a member of the youth choir at Grace United Methodist church as well as the Girl Scouts of Bergen County.
Austin Miller of Mahwah, NJ is a Biochemistry major.
Boschanny Santana is in her first year at Ramapo College after attending Berkeley College. She is majoring in Accounting. Boschanny is from Clifton, NJ.
A native of Emerson, NJ, Lauren Schmidt is a graduate of the Bergen County Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology. At Ramapo, Lauren is majoring in Biology and has earned a 3.92 grade point average. She is a sophomore.
This scholarship has made my undergraduate education financially affordable for me and my family.
Julia Mazza of Hillsdale, NJ is a Psychology major who is pursuing teacher certification. She is proud to be one of the first members of Ramapo’s Living-Learning Community program for freshmen. Julia also is active in the Yoga Club. Julia would like to become an elementary school teacher or perhaps earn an advanced degree in Psychology. For Julia, receiving the scholarship means, “I earned it based on my achievements and efforts. More importantly, such an honor will always remind me to continue working hard in what I do, whether it is academics or involvement in my college or the community.” Julia has a 3.00 grade point average.
Breanna Salazar is a freshman majoring in the Physical Therapy concentration of the Biology major. She has earned a 3.92 grade point average. “I am part of the Ramapo swim team,” Breanna reports, “and once that is finished I am planning on volunteering.” Breanna is from Randolph, NJ.
This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies without the pressures of maintaining a job.
Karen Jans lives in Waldwick, NJ with her husband and three children. She works full time and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Ramapo full time. She is a junior majoring in Psychology and has earned a 3.90 grade point average. Karen is also pursuing teacher certification in elementary education. She is a Girl Scout leader for both of her daughters’ troops, and teaches Sunday School at her church. “I have been blessed to receive this scholarship,” she says, “and I am so thankful to the wonderful people involved with them.”
This scholarship was a wonderful and unexpected element that will help me achieve my goal of becoming an elementary school teacher. I am truly thankful to the Chamber of Commerce for awarding me this scholarship, which helped me make that leap of faith to start pursuing my dreams.
Wendy Levine of Wayne, NJ is a Psychology major. She is intrigued by how the brain recovers after traumatic injury. She wishes to pursue a career in clinical neuropsychology so that she can facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of those who have had a traumatic brain injury. Wendy works in Professor Christian Reich’s lab on a project examining “social defeat stress,” a depression model in rats. On campus Wendy is a writing tutor and a peer facilitator for First-Year Seminar. Wendy, who has a 4.00 grade point average, is an executive board member of the Psi Chi International Psychology Honor Society, a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and the Psychology Coalition. She and her mother established the Joel Levine Oral Cancer Research Fund, named for her father who died from the disease. “I am proud that my mother and father have successfully inspired in me an unrelenting desire for achievement,” she says. “It is my goal that my accomplishments be applied to better the lives of others.”
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