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The Meadowlands Endowed Scholarship is intended to recognize students whose achievements and scholarship “have demonstrated an interest in environmental issues.”  The award commemorates the operation of the Meadowlands Environment Center (MEC), located in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.  Ramapo College manages all educational programs at the MEC, including offerings for school children in grades kindergarten through 12, their teachers and undergraduate and graduate students.


  • For Environmental Studies or Environmental Science majors/ or Teacher Ed in Science
  • Financial need
  • Student from a town in the Meadowlands District preferred
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • Recipient chosen by a faculty committee

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2020 Recipients

Jessica Desiderio

“With the help from this scholarship, I will be able to take classes that will benefit me for the rest of my educational career and future job,” says Jessica Desiderio, who transferred to Ramapo from County College of Morris.

At Ramapo, Jessica is majoring in Environmental Science, and has earned a 3.58 GPA and a spot on the Dean’s List. She had an internship at Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute and likes to volunteer to assist in GIS projects on and off campus.

“I plan to go into the GIS field after graduation, possibly focusing on water quality or wastewater treatment.
Jessica is from Johnsonburg, N.J.

Xaymaraliz Dumeng

Xaymaraliz Dumeng of Belleville, N.J. is an Environmental Studies major. She has a 3.9 GPA and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Honors Program.

All of her activities both on and off-campus illustrate her dedication to the environment. At Ramapo, Xaymaraliz has been active in 1STEP where she does trash clean-ups and raises environmental awareness. She has volunteered at MEVO, a local sustainable farm, and is a Sales Ambassador at Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics.  She recently completed an internship at the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute, doing research in composting. “I plan to be an environmental advocate to help businesses and communities become more sustainable.

2019 Recipient

Michael Stellitano

“The mission of the Meadowlands aligns with my own environmental-centric life goals, and this scholarship will allow me to realize my goal of receiving a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University,” says Michael Stellitano of Northfield, N.J.

Michael is a senior Environmental Science major with minor in Public Policy. He has a 3.77 GPA and is a member of both the Honors College and the Alpha Lambda Delta academic honors society.

At Ramapo, he has been active in several organizations, including the college’s club lacrosse team. Michael has also been the President of Newman Catholic Club on campus, as well as President of his fraternity, Phi Kappa Sigma. He has also served as the Vice President of Ramapo’s Inter-Fraternal Council (IFC). Between these organizations, Michael has been able to lead events that have raised over $5,000 for various charities, and engaged in hundreds of hours of community service.

He had an internship for the Raptor Trust, a renowned wildlife rehabilitation center for birds, as well as NJ Botanical Gardens, NY-NJ Trail Conference, and New Weis Environmental Center.


2018 Recipient

Megan Maddalena

Megan Maddalena of Matawan, N.J. is an Environmental Science major in the Teacher Education program. She has a 3.8 GPA and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

On campus, Megan has been involved in Relay for Life, helping run the annual event during her four years at Ramapo. “I’m proud to say that last year the event raised over $50,000 for the American Cancer Society and had over 700 participants.” She is also part of Future Teachers, and works with Dr. Wiener on a Raptor Research Project in the Ramapo Mountains.

Megan has also been involved in off-campus activities, including clean-ups at the Ramapo Reservation, and volunteering at The Forum School to work with students with special needs. She also works as a hostess at The Shannon Rose in Ramsey. “I hope to work at a middle school and get an additional teaching certification in Chemistry.”   

2017 Recipient

Samantha Davis

Samantha Davis of Bloomingdale, NJ is a Biology Major. She has a 3.245 GPA and is part of the Theoretical and Applied Science Research Honors Program.

Samantha has performed at campus events such as Remembrance Day with 4GotteN Suitcase, Ramapo’s student acapella group. She has also presented at the Theoretical and Applied Science Research Symposium as a student researcher, an accomplishment that she is most proud of.

Off campus, she has volunteered for the Princeton Physical Therapy Group, and she was later hired as an aide.

“This scholarship is such a great way for me to connect with other scientists in environmental research, especially because I am interested in obtaining my Masters degree in Marine Biology. This scholarship is also helping me to take the classes I need to graduate this spring, and to live on campus so I can actively participate in the Research Honors Program,” said Samantha.

2016 Recipients

Andrew Herrera

Andrew Herrera of Lake Hiawatha, NJ is an Environmental Studies major.  He has a 3.9 GPA and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta national honor society.

At Ramapo, Andrew has been active in several organizations and activities, including the Alpha Psi Omega theater honor society as an actor, the Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassadors, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  He is also president of the Ramapo College Culture Club.

Evan Harris

Evan Harris of East Brunswick, NJ is an Environmental Science major and is pursuing certification in Elementary and Middle School Science Education. He has a 3.49 GPA.

At Ramapo, Evan has been active in The Future Teachers of America Club and the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society.

Evan has also been involved in the Fastbreak Buddyball Basketball Association, a program that provides an opportunity for disabled children and young adults to play basketball in a competitive setting.

2015 Recipients

Keri Race

Keri Race  has a 3.88 grade point average and is a recipient of the presidential scholarship. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and is being inducted into Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honor Society. At Ramapo Keri has been active in several organizations and activities, including Alpha Phi Omega national co-ed professional service fraternity, Ramapo College Dance Company, and Spanish Club.

Thomas Chupela

Thomas Chupela , is an environmental studies major and a public policy minor.  He has a 3.4 grade point average.

At Ramapo, Thomas is involved in the 1Step Environmental Club.  He resides in Ramapo’s Sustainable Living Facilities.  Thomas is eager to participate in the alternative spring break program to Albuquerque, N.M.   Off campus, he is a volunteer with the Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization and works at the organic garden at Bergan Community College, the farm at Campgaw Mountain and cleaning up a polluted area in the Stag Hill section of Mahwah. N.J.

After graduation, Thomas plans to become involved in environmental policy on the local, state or federal level.

2013 Recipients

Heather Schoenberg

Biology major Heather Schoenberg is in her junior year. Heather’s minor is Chemistry, and she is pursuing courses toward teacher certification. She has a 3.93 grade point average. Heather works on campus as a chemistry tutor and as a staff member in the Lodge Fitness Center. She is a member of three honor societies and is a member of the Relay For Life student committee. “I love the outdoors, especially kayaking,” says Heather, who is from Forked River, NJ.

This scholarship will prepare me for my future by helping to cover college expenses needed to become a high school Biology teacher.

Shannon Pugliesi

Shannon Pugliesi is a Chemistry major who is pursuing courses toward teacher certification. She also is minoring in Italian and has earned a 3.27 grade point average. She is the president of the student club Future Teachers at Ramapo and volunteers for Ramapo Readers. She works on campus as a desk attendant and during the summer as the activities coordinator and outdoor supervisor for a camp in her home town of Colts Neck, NJ. “I am a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and most recently, Kappa Delta Pi, the international honors society in education,” Shannon reports.

My parents always advised me that if I chose a job I love, I will never have to work a day in my life.That’s why I chose to study Chemistry and a career in education.This scholarship shows support in my decision and in my passion.

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