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This award was created by the Friends of Ramapo and is named for a former member of Friends of Ramapo Board, Michael J. Scully. At his death in 1986, Mr. Scully’s family and friends contributed to this award in his memory.
“Michael welcomed the arrival of Ramapo College in Mahwah from the very first day of its conception and he was eager to be involved in its success,” wrote his wife, Josephine. The president of the College at that time, Dr. Robert Scott concurred, writing, “Mike made a wonderful contribution [to Ramapo] with his energy and ideas.”
Contributions to the Michael J. Scully Performing Arts Scholarship during the 2014 – 2015 academic year were given in memory of Josephine, who died in July 2014.
The Scully award is presented to a Music or Theater student.
- For a student in performing arts
- Awarded to a Music major in even-numbered years and to a Theater major in odd-numbered years
- Recipient selected by the dean of CA
This scholarship is not awarded through the application process.
“The people who you allow into your life are the ones that can shape it into something worthwhile,” says Grace Diaz of Passaic, N.J. Grace is a Theater major with concentrations in Acting and Directing/Stage Management. She has a 3.47 GPA.
Grace was the Vice President of the Devised Theatre Ensemble for two years and has been a member of Alpha Psi Omega since her freshman year. By combining her passions for theater and social equity, she hopes to give a voice to marginalized communities and important issues.
After graduation, she plans to pursue her MFA in Theater.
Gwen Manley-Muller of Andover, N.J. is double majoring in Communication Arts and Music with concentrations in Journalism and Music Studies, respectively. She has a 3.8 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List every semester of her academic career.
Outside of class, Gwen is a member of the Ramapo Music Club and is the singer, rhythm guitarist, and principal songwriter of the band Always a Sculptor, who has released an EP and single on Bandcamp thus far. She has worked as a research assistant for Professor Marc Gidal and as a notetaker for OSS services. She is also a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Stanhope, N.J.
Gwen plans to continue her academic career with post-graduate studies in the field of ethnomusicology.
“Thanks to Ramapo, I’m determined to further develop my skills and passion for theater and music as I pursue an acting career,” says Jenna Craig. Jenna is a sophomore Theater major with an Acting concentration, and recently added Music as a second major. She has a 3.9 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List each semester since her start at Ramapo. Jenna is a member of the College Honors Program and serves as the secretary for the school’s theater honor society, Alpha Psi Omega. She has also served as a student representative of the theater department at Open Houses.
She has performed in Twelfth Night, Frankenstein, a successful student web-series Deep End, and Urinetown: The Musical, where she received an KCACTF Irene Ryan nomination for her portrayal of Little Sally.
Jenna is from River Edge, N.J.
Last spring was certainly a busy time for Music Industry major Hadar Baron. In addition to her coursework, Hadar conceptualized and executed a comprehensive project, “Music Month Madness”, where she recorded, produced, and released an original EP all within one month. Hadar did the marketing, management, organization, copyrights, registration, planning for release party, and all logistics by herself, and reached out to other musicians for the actual recording of the EP. The EP, named “GOLD”, is now up on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, YouTube, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud, among others.
Hadar is active in 4GottNSuitCase, Ramapo’s premier a capella club, and also works as a musicianship tutor on campus. Off campus, she interned in the music industry in Tel Aviv, has written and performed original music and stayed involved in the Israeli and Jewish communities.
In addition to her major, Hadar is working toward a Business Essentials certification, which will help her as she pursues a career in the music industry. “I hope that through a career in music and an interest in different cultures, I can bridge the gap between music industries worldwide and create better platforms for artists everywhere.”
Hadar has a 3.9 GPA and has been on the Dean’s list for her entire academic career.
Amber Walker is a Contemporary Arts Major.
Jacob Thiringer from Keyport, NJ is a junior majoring in Music with concentrations in Industry, Performance, and Production, and is pursuing a Business Essentials Certificate. He has a 3.9 GPA.
Jacob served as the vice president and marketing director of the Ramapo Music Club. He helps produce a web series called Tune-In that features live performances of campus bands with RMC and RCTV. He also plays piano for the Catholic Campus Ministry.
When off campus, Jacob volunteers at a food pantry. On spring break he has traveled on mission trips to Peru and Mexico. This summer he will be an audio production intern with One Way Ministries in Illinois.
Amanda Iannuzzi of Sparta, N.J. is a theater major with a concentration in acting. She has a 3.75 grade point average.
At Ramapo, Amanda has been active in several organizations and activities, including the theater productions in the Theater Department and is a member of Theta Phi Alpha. She served as risk management chair for Theta Phi Alpha.
Amanda has also been involved in off –campus activities and organizations, including multiple student and independent films. She also enjoys volunteering at Allendale Nursing Home and other philanthropies that Theta Phi Alpha participates in.
“Emma Munro is a talented musician and a focused student who is a leader amongst her peers,” said Music Professor Ben Neill. “She volunteers to sing on other students’ projects, organizes events and is an active leader in the Ramapo Music Club. She also designed the publicity materials for this year’s annual Les Paul Festival.” Emma Munro is a sophomore from Mahwah, NJ. Her major is Music with a concentration in Music Industry. She has a 3.97 grade point average.
Molly Rodino is from Scotch Plains, NJ and is in her senior year. She is majoring in Theater with concentrations in Design/Technical Theater, Acting and Directing/Stage Management. She has earned a grade point average of 3.89. “She is an outstanding student and her activities and accomplishments on campus are exceptional,” says Steven Perry, dean of the School of Contemporary Arts.
This scholarship will allow me to continue my college education and my studies in theater, which is the field I hope to work in after school is completed.
“Tom Curran has been a dynamic presence in the Theater program,” reports Professor Beba Shamash. “He performed the lead in last fall’s ‘Government Inspector,’ last spring’s ensemble production of Woody Guthrie’s ‘American Song,’ and we look forward to seeing him in ‘Taming of the Shrew’ this spring in the Sharp Theater.” Tom is in his second year at Ramapo and has earned a 3.50 grade point average. He is from Saddle Brook, NJ.
Sean Jans is a junior at Ramapo majoring in theater with a concentration in acting. He is from Waldwick, New Jersey.
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