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“Milt Gittens was a kind and supportive colleague and a tremendous role model to minority students and all who knew him,” says Professor Constance Crawford. Milton Gittens, Ph.D joined the Ramapo College faculty in 1973 and served as convener of the Management concentration of the Business Administration major for a number of years.

In 2004 Dr. Gittens received the Friends of the Educational Opportunity Fund Award. The year before, he was inducted into the Ramapo College Chapter of Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society for Business Administration.

Dr. Gittens created two endowed scholarships at Ramapo College through bequests left in his will. Both awards are intended to recognize students who are “descendants of slavery in the United States or Barbados in the West Indies.” This award is specifically for students registered with the Educational Opportunity Fund who “are from low-income communities.” The award is named for Dr. Gittens and his father, Granville Caldecott Gittens.

  • For students enrolled in the College's Educational Opportunity Fund Program
  • Minority student, with descendants of American slavery, Barbados and the West Indies preferred.
  • Matriculated student of any non-business major
  • Financial need
  • Good academic standing

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2020 Recipients

David Francis-Vaughan

David Francis-Vaughan of East Orange, N.J. is an Electronic Art and Animation major. He has a 3.1 GPA.

He has participated in several Black Maria Film Festival pre-screening juries, and created art for a short novel by Professor Shalom Gorewitz. Together with other Ramapo students, he is proud to have started the Animation Production Club, where he serves as Vice President. “I have always set my goals to be beyond the horizon line with an almost impossible idea in mind. There is no limit to what I can do, I just have to try.”


Janay Davidson

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 vice president of the 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.


Robertson Guercy

Robertson Guercy of Mahwah, N.J. is a Contemporary Arts major in Professional Communications in the Adult Degree Completion Program. He has a 4.0 GPA.

At Ramapo, Robertson has been active in Golden Key International Honour Society. Robertson has also been involved in nonprofit organizations, including The United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Long Island and Volunteer New York in partnership with his employer Sterling National Bank.

He enjoys spending his leisure time with his wife and three beautiful children and is also active in his local church community in Rockland County, N.Y.

After he completes his undergraduate degree, he hopes to continue his studies at Ramapo pursuing his MBA, and continue to thrive in his career in Finance.

 


Esther Oduro

As an Admissions Student Ambassador, EOF student Esther Oduro leads campus tours for potential students and their families. She is also part of the Black Student Union and takes part in community service projects with Leaders in Service. “I’m proud to have gotten into Ramapo’s nursing program, and of earning a GPA of 3.5.”

Her goal is to become even more involved on campus, and to continue her education to become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.

She is from Lodi, N.J.


Tyra Asberry

“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.


Giselle Ruiz

Giselle Ruiz of Pompton Lakes, N.J. is a Visual Arts Major with a concentration in Drawing and Painting: Art Therapy with a Psychology Minor. She has a 3.8 GPA.

“I’m grateful to the EOF program for helping me to achieve my goal of a college education.” Giselle works on campus with Dining Services, is an EOF Peer Mentor, and a Student Gallery Assistant for the Ramapo College Art Galleries. She has been involved with Hope for Heart.

“After I graduate, my goal is to help others through art, which has always been my way of coping with life’s craziness. I want to take what I’ve learned to instill hope in the lives of others!”


Ogechi Ofodike

Ogechi Ofodike of Springfield, N.J. is a Chemistry major. She has a 3.0 GPA and is part of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, as well as a proud member of the Educational Opportunity Fund Program.

Ogechi is the President of Ebony Women for Social Change, where she advocates for women’s rights and strives to assist and support women in their endeavors to better themselves socially and academically. She is also a general body member of the Black Student Union, and an active volunteer in the Violence Intervention Peer Program within the Office of Violence Prevention.

Off campus, she volunteers at the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, N.J.

When she graduates from Ramapo College in May 2021, she hopes to go into medical school to become a pediatrician and serve the underrepresented population. “I hope to one day open a women’s and children’s health center for people from disadvantaged communities.”


Katherine Morales

“While academics come first, I enjoy volunteering whenever I have time,” says first generation college student Katherine Morales of Paterson, N.J. The Nursing major has been involved in the OASIS after-school program and House on the Hill, as well as the Nursing Student Organization, CAC/Relay for Life, and AEF (Alliance of EOF & Friends).

Her goal is to become a Registered Nurse and then continue her studies to become a Nurse Practitioner. She has a 3.5 GPA.


Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez (she/hers/ella) is a sophomore Political Science major with a minor in Public Policy from who is proudly from Passaic, N.J. She has a 3.7 GPA.

Throughout her first two years at Ramapo College, she has held several leadership positions, such as HGS School Senator for the Student Government Association, Secretary for the Association of Latinos Moving Ahead, Peer Facilitator for the Peer Facilitation Program, and Chair of the HGS Dean’s Student Advisory Council. Additionally, she is a Student Aid at the Ramapo College Office of Financial Aid and proud to be a part of the Educational Opportunity Fund Program.

After graduation, Jessica plans to pursue her Master’s in Public Policy or Political Science. After interning, continuing her education, and working, she hopes to run for office one day to improve the lives of underrepresented and marginalized groups.


Rachelle Reyes

Rachelle Reyes of Passaic, N.J. is an undecided major. She has a 3.2 GPA. At Ramapo, Rachelle has been active in several organizations, including the College Programming E-Board and Residence Life. She also works on campus in the Berrie Center Box Office.


Timothy Woody

First generation student Timothy Woody is a senior studying Social Science with a minor in Public Policy. Timothy is a passionate advocate for youth in the foster care system and has worked at a variety of foster care events in recruiting and parent-training. “I hope to one day be the Commissioner of New Jersey Department of Family Service,’ says Timothy. “My dream is to start my own nonprofit for foster youth who have aged out of the system, where I’ll work to supply them with resources for a successful transition into adulthood.”


2019 Recipients

Brian Enriquez

Brian Enriquez was born and raised in Passaic, N.J. He is a Chemistry major aiming to get an American Chemical Society certification with his degree. Brian has held several positions in Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc, Ramapo College’s 2018 Organization of the Year. “I am moved by empowerment and helping people,” says Brian.  These traits helped him receive an Award for Outstanding Leadership by a Sophomore Student and the 2018 Greek Leader of Distinction Award.

Brian has a cumulative GPA of 2.7.


Janay Davidson

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.


Kimberly Perez-Lucero

“I would like to become involved in a non-governmental organization that is fighting for human rights involving children, minority communities or lack of resources in these communities,” says Kimberly Perez-Lucero of Prospect Park, N.J.  Kimberly is a Psychology major and Latin American Studies minor. She has a 3.9 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List since her freshman year and inducted into several honor societies. She is active in Association of Latinos Moving Ahead and has traveled to Costa Rica for Alternative Spring Break and Barcelona, Spain to study abroad.

Kimberly has also been involved in off–campus organizations, including Ramapo for Children and the Father English Youth Center.


Gabriela Ulloa

“As a first generation student I hope to one day continue my studies in graduate school or law school,” says Gabriela Ulloa. Gabriela is an International Studies major and a student in the Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF) and Honors Program. She has a 3.97 GPA and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First Year-Students.

Gabriela has been active in several organizations, including Leaders in Service and Community Service of the Association of Latinos Moving Ahead (ALMA). She is also an Honors Program E-Board Member and serves as an EOF Peer Mentor on campus, as well as a Student Aide at the Testing Center. Additionally, this past summer she was a Supplemental Instructor for the incoming EOF class. Gabriela is from Union City, N.J.


Sapphire N. Allen-Scruggs

Sapphire N. Allen-Scruggs of Newark, N.J. is a Psychology major. She is a first generation college student. She believes in giving back to those in need, volunteering at neighborhood warming centers and donating clothes and school supplies to the less fortunate.

Sapphire plans to continue her education in Psychology in graduate school. She is inspired by the poet Maya Angelou and her words, “I’m a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me.”


Shania Thomas

Shania Thomas, originally from St. Lucia, is a senior Biology major, and aspires to earn a Master’s Degree in Health Administration. She serves as the Senior advisor of Students of Caribbean Ancestry, and works off-campus as a Pharmacy Technician.


Alexa Sena

Alexa Sena is a Nursing major from Paterson, N.J. She has a 3.0 GPA.

As a student in the EOF program, she now serves as a Peer Mentor for incoming freshmen. “What satisfies me most about my job is being able to lead students into the right direction throughout their college career, as well as being someone they can confide in.”

She is also a member of Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority and has coordinated an event focused on women empowerment where women of all backgrounds can come together, learn healthy ways to communicate, motivate, and discuss issues. She’s also brought members of her sorority to the I Have a Dream Foundation in Newark, N.J to volunteer with their members. For her community service, she was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership award by the mayor of the city.


Savanah Michelle Moreno

Savanah Michelle Moreno of North Bergen N.J. is a Psychology major. She has a 3.0 GPA.

At Ramapo, Savanah has been active in the ENHANCE program, Nursing Student Organization and Ramapo Pride. She is an active Peer Mentor in the ENHANCE program.

Savanah has also been involved in off –campus activities and organizations, including interning for her high school’s nurse and working off campus with a dog walking company, Trusty Tails, where she interacts with clients and animals alike daily.

“I am proud to be the first in my family to attend college and strive to make my family proud as well as set a good example for my younger sibling and cousins.” She plans on pursing a master’s degree and hopes to work with children in the foster system.

Marlin Marte

As an EOF Peer Mentor, Marlin Marte helps Ramapo freshman adapt to the new educational environment and provides support, advice and encouragement. “I enjoy watching others succeed to their fullest potential.”

At Ramapo, Marlin has been active in the Black Student Union (BSU), where she has been the Academic Advisor since Spring semester of her freshmen year. In this role, she helps connect students to tutoring and other educational programs that will help them succeed.

Marlin is from Prospect Park, NJ and is a Psychology major with a minor in Neuroscience. She has a 3.1 GPA. “After graduation, I plan to continue my education by attending graduate school and hope to someday own my own practice as a clinical psychologist.”

Malayah Hodges

Malayah D. Hodges of Paterson, N.J. is a Theatre major with a concentration in Acting and a minor in East Asian Studies. “My dreams have come to fruition at Ramapo,” says Malayah, who received a theatre competition award for best actress and a second award for recognition and critical appraise for an improv thespian piece titled, “N-word”.

At Ramapo, Malayah is active in the Black Student Union, Fusion Dance Crew and American Sign Language Club. Malayah has served as an advocate for studying abroad to all EOF and non-EOF students.

She works off-campus at Target and has been a cultural exchange leader for students in Japan.


Tyra Asberry

Tyra Asberry of Newark, N.J. is a sophomore and is a part of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society that is awarded to first-year students who are academically advanced and hold over a 3.5 GPA. She interned at the Newark Municipal Court to begin her career journey. “I plan to major in Psychology, and continue my education to earn my Masters and become a clinical psychologist who works with the incarcerated population.”



2018 Recipients

Wesley May

“Everyone is placed on this earth to serve a purpose,” says Wesley May of East Orange, N.J. As a Philosophy major, Wesley studies thoughts, people, natural facts and matter of facts. He hopes to use what he has learned to help others move through life.

Wesley credits Ramapo with helping him to develop into a great leader. He exhibits his leadership skills through his participation in Brothers Making a Difference, PFS Investments and Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship Inc. He aspires to one day become the President of the United States, and help others to improve their lives.

Niocelys Guzman

Niocelys Guzman of Paterson, N.J. is a Psychology major and has a 2.968 GPA.

At Ramapo, Niocelys has been active in several organizations, including Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, where she has held various positions. The sorority has provided her with opportunities to cooperatively work with the student body by creating programs that educate and elevate others on issues that confront our society. “Proudly, one of the most recent community service projects I’ve been part of was the MLK Day of Service.  My sorority sisters and I worked cooperatively with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, faculty and students to honor Dr. King and educate others on the meaning of service.”

Currently, Niocelys is deciding on whether to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse and enrolling into an accelerated nursing program at NYU or following her most recent aspiration of becoming a Forensic Psychologist.

Emely Cruz

Emely Cruz of Paterson, N.J. is an Integrated Sciences major with a concentration in Science, Technology, and Society. She has a 3.1 GPA and is also a member of Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society.

At Ramapo, Emely is the treasurer and historian for Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority and an athletic trainer aide where she works alongside trainers to aide and treat athletes. After graduation, she would like to intern at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and obtain a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology.  Ultimately, her life’s goal is to work in public health for the CDC.

Nathalia Marius

Nathalia Marius is from Garfield, N.J. and is an Integrated Sciences major with a Business Administration concentration. She has a 3.2 GPA and is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society.

At Ramapo, Nathalia has been active in several organizations and activities, including Residence Life, Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc. and Peer Mentoring. She was a Resident Assistant during the 2016-2017 academic year and currently serves as Public Relations Chair for Chi Upsilon.

“I’m proud to have been accepted into and taken part in the Biomedical Careers Program (CBP) at Rutgers University, which helped prepare me for my career as a Physician Assistant.”  She plans to apply to PA programs post-graduation.

Berlyann Rivera

Berlyann Rivera (She, Her, Hers Pronouns) of Newark, N.J. is a Law and Society Major with double minors in Human Rights and Genocide Studies and Women and Gender Studies. She has a 2.9 cumulative GPA. Berlyann identifies as an intersectional feminist who is passionate about advocacy, civil law, social justice, women’s rights, and advancing the lives of marginalized women of color.

At Ramapo, Berlyann has been active in several organizations and activities, including serving as a Resident Assistant, Student Office Manager and a Student Queer Peer Services Coordinator for the Women’s Center, Student Trustee, and Vice President of New Member Education for Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. She is proud of all the initiatives she has been able to put forth in her time working at the Women’s Center such as developing the Real Beauty Photo Exhibition, Women of Vision Awards, and Between Women Discussion Group, to just name a few.

Berlyann has also been involved in off–campus activities and organizations, including currently serving as an Intake Intern for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. After undergrad she plans to pursue a Master’s in Sociology and Social Justice and after earning her degree, serve in the Peace Corps. Upon completion of her service she plans to obtain a position with a Non-Profit Organization that focuses on advancing the lives of marginalized women and groups. Ultimately, she hopes to attend Law school and pursue a career as a civil rights or immigration lawyer.


D’meriah Cuavers

When D’meriah Cuavers was 13 years old she received an award from the Mayor of Paterson, N.J. for making a difference in her hometown. “That acknowledgement helped shape me into the person that I am today.” Her community service work includes volunteering for Strengthen Our Sisters Women and Children’s Shelter and working at the Boys & Girls Club of Hoboken.

D’meriah is proud of obtaining her EMT license at the age of 17. “Although it was a very long and intensive course, the certification was well worth it.”  At Ramapo, she is the President of the Rho Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, an EOF peer mentor, and a fitness supervisor at the Bill Bradley Fitness Center.

She is a Psychology major and plans to continue her education and receive a Master Degree in Occupational Therapy from Seton Hall University, and ultimately work in pediatric OT.

Avy Soto

Avy Soto of Clifton, N.J. is a Literature major and has a 3.0 GPA. She is a Resident Assistant for Bischoff Hall, President of the Beta Tau Chapter of Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Incorporated, and an Educational Opportunity Program Peer Mentor. During her free time, Avy volunteers as an English tutor three hours a week to assist with the improvement of student literacy skills at Eastside High school in Paterson.

“As a first generation college, I have been given an opportunity to achieve my goal of becoming an English high school teacher in an urban district. I firmly believe that it takes high quality professionals to teach students in urban communities to serve as models for conduct and values.”

After graduation, she aspires to become an English teacher in her hometown district. Her future goal is to obtain a master’s degree in Educational Administration and to pursue a career as a school principal.

Karen Aguirre

I’m passionate about improving the accessibility of higher education and the equality of the public education system,” says Karen Aguirre of West New York, N.J. Karen is a Contemporary Arts major with a concentration in Photography and Humanities and Justice. She has a 3.2 GPA and is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society.

At Ramapo, she has been active in the Student Government Association (SGA), Leaders in Service, and has been a Resident Hall Assistant for Linden Hall. She is also an EOF Peer Mentor on campus, and serves as Student Trustee. She serves on the Student Advisory Council of the New Jersey Higher Education Assistance Authority.

After graduation, Karen plans to join the Peace Corps or attend graduate school. Her future goals are to work for the United Nations under UNICEF or for the Department of Education.

 


Ana Rosano

International Business major Ana Rosano has traveled to South Korea and China and looks forward to adding Ghana to the list this spring. “My goal in life is to travel to intriguing destinations where I can experience and embrace a new culture, and learn more about myself by testing my ability to adapt to different situations.”

Ana served as President of Chi Alpha Epsilon until recently, and is currently volunteering to help the e-board adopt a platform under new leadership.  She has also worked closely with the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) office as a supplemental instructor for Mathematics for the summer program, as a student leader and supervisor, and office assistant. Her involvement off-campus includes tutoring students from West New York public schools.

Following graduation, she hopes to obtain a position in business, and eventually go back to school to obtain a Master Degree in Global Trade.

Ana is from West New York, N.J. She has a minor in Accounting and has earned a 3.4 GPA.

Jaime Velazquez

“With my skills, passion, and experience I hope to move forward into a career that will allow me to advocate for the needs of others,” says Psychology major Jaime Velazquez.  Jaime is from North Bergen, N.J.

As part of the Ramapo’s Student Government Association, where he serves as Senate Vice President, Jaime chairs the Student Relief Committee.  “This is an initiative that helps develop ways to help students who are facing issues of food insecurity and other financial circumstances.”

Jaime also works as a Resident Assistant in Mackin Hall and as the Pathways Student Assistant Coordinator in the ASB Cahill Career Development Center.

He has a minor in Criminology and has earned a 3.7 GPA.



2017 Recipients

Jennifer Uchechi Emeh

Jennifer Uchechi Emeh of Newark, NJ is a Psychology major and African Studies minor. She is a proud member of the EOF (Educational Opportunity Fund)  program at Ramapo.

She is part of the Black Student Union, where she served as public relations chair.  She is currently the senior advisor for Ebony Women for Social Change and the publicist for Students of Caribbean Ancestry.

Jennifer has also been involved off –campus as an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and a proud member of Project MYSELF. She’s currently a part time child care assistant at Bright Horizons. Post-graduation she intends on working full time for a year before returning to school to pursue a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) for counseling.  “My goal is to be among the greatest black psychologists in the world,” says Jennifer.

 

 

Tierra Hodge

Tierra Hodge of Newark, NJ is a Social Work major.  She earned Dean’s list status in Spring 2016.

Tierra is part of the Black Student Union at Ramapo.  Off campus, she coaches middle school basketball and mentors incoming high school students.

“Five years from now I plan to be a social worker for the Department of Child Protection and

Permanency or a probation officer for teens,” says Tierra.

 

Nyree Shelton

From a very young age, the values of independence, determination and scholarship were instilled in Nyree Shelton by the two most important women in her life, her mother and sister.  “I always aspire to grow through education, and resist becoming stagnant,” says Nyree.

Nyree is in her second year, and majoring in Social Work with a Substance Abuse minor.  She is involved in multiple clubs and organizations on campus, including the Black Student Union, Ramapo College cheerleading team, and the Educational Opportunity Fund.  She serves as the secretary of Students of Caribbean Ancestry.  She also works off campus and is the 1st Vice President of Youth People Division.

In the future, she hopes to attain a career in the field of military social work, assisting active duty militants within the mental health field.


Tiana Andrews

Tiana Andrews of Newark NJ is a Psychology major. Tiana was accepted into the Education Opportunity Fund (EOF) in 2014.

At Ramapo, Tiana has been active in several organizations and activities, including Ramapo Living Learning Community (LLC) her freshman year.  She was also elected historian of the Mackin Hall RHA.  She now serves as the treasurer for Brothers Making a Difference. “Being a female in the organization and surrounded by men who are extremely motivated and driven is giving me the fire I once had as a freshman to make a difference,” said Tiana.

Tiana has also shown interest in women empowerment, attending group sessions with Ramapo’s “Sister’s Connection.”  These sessions bring young women from different backgrounds together and educate them on how to become better women in society. Attending the annual AASLE (African American Student Leadership Experience) conference in Washington, DC has only opened her horizons to continue the movement of women empowerment. “I hope to become a future leader, scholar and independent women, and also help educate youth and people around me,” she added.


Marco E. Garcia

Marco E. Garcia is from Dover, NJ and pursuing a degree in Spanish Language Studies with a concentration in Teacher Education. His GPA is 3.3. “I chose to pursue Spanish education because of the importance and beauty of learning a second language,” he says. Both of Marcos’ parents were born and raised in Antigua, Guatemala, and came to the United States with the dream that Marco and his sister would someday graduate from college.

Jasmina Joseph

Jasmina Joseph is a senior studying Global Communications and Media Studies. Originally from Haiti, she was raised in New Jersey.  As the oldest child, attending college was important to her because she wanted to set an example for her younger siblings.

“Attending Ramapo College has been one of my biggest accomplishments thus far. My years at Ramapo have allowed me to grow as an individual and gain confidence in myself,” said Jasmina.  Her leadership roles on campus have allowed her to grow as a leader and active team player and to obtain skills such as the ability to delegate and communicate effectively.

“I am grateful for the people I have met at Ramapo and the experiences we have shared. I am more confident today than I have ever been in myself. As I am getting ready to graduate, I can’t help but to think about what the future holds,” added Jasmina.

Allisson Ramirez

Allisson Ramirez of Paterson, NJ is a Nursing major. She has a 3.58 grade point average while achieving Dean’s List throughout her undergraduate journey. Allisson was inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society.

At Ramapo, Allisson is the fundraiser manager of the Humans of Ramapo College Club and the event coordinator for the Yoga Club. Off campus, she volunteered at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center located in Paterson, NJ. In addition, she worked as a counselor for the Upward Bound Summer Program held on campus.

“I hope to become a trauma certified Registered Nurse,” she said, “and receiving this scholarship has aided my finances as I continue to pursue my dream.”

Saint-Simeon Beaubrun

 

Saint-Simeon JC Beaubrun of Irvington, NJ is a sophomore majoring in Visual Communications.

He is a forward on the men’s basketball team at Ramapo, and scholar of the Equal Opportunity Fund Program.

“I’m proud to be a Roadrunner and for taking part in the summer EOF program,” says Saint-Simeon. “I also am very appreciative of this opportunity and look forward to aiding someone else in the future.”  He hopes to find a suitable internship to start off his career as a Visual Communicator


Jordan Richards

Jordan Richards of Maplewood, NJ is a Computer Science major. He is active on campus with clubs such as A Better Tomorrow, Ramapo Operation Link Up, and the Computer and Technology Club.

“Knowledge is the key to achieving a certain dream,” he said. “Even if you learn one new thing a day, it takes you one step closer to any goal.” Jordan plans to work creating adaptive and assistive software programs to aid students with learning disabilities. “No goal or dream can be realized all by one’s self,” he added.


Essey Wilson

As part of her involvement with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Essey Wilson had the opportunity to lobby politicians on the issues surrounding higher education for minority students during the group’s conference in Washington, DC.

Essey is active in the Educational Opportunity Fund Summer Program (EOF) and the EOF Mentorship Program at Ramapo.  As a student leader for the EOF, she recruited students and helped match them with Ramapo faculty.  She also was a supplemental instructor in Math and Social Issues for incoming freshmen.

The Psychology major is from Paterson, NJ and has a 3.487 GPA.  She plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in research.

On learning of this scholarship, Essey wrote, “You have helped me with my financial burden and allowed me to focus more on my goals for achieving a higher education.”

Estherline Ledesma

Estherline Ledesma is a History major with a Social Studies concentration.  She is working towards her teaching certification

Gloria Bramon

Gloria Bramon is a Social Work major in the School of Social Science and Human Services.


2016 Recipients

Tiana Andrews

Tiana Andrews of Newark, NJ is a Psychology major and was accepted into the Education Opportunity Fund (EOF).

At Ramapo, Tiana has been active in several organizations and activities, including Ramapo Living Learning Community (LLC) her freshman year.  She was also a member of the Mackin Hall RHA and elected as the historian.

Tiana has also shown interest in women empowerment, attending group sessions with Ramapo’s on-campus “Sisters Connection,” which brings young women from different backgrounds together and educates them on how to become better women in society.


Mariah Blanton

Mariah Blanton of Asbury Park is a Psychology major with a minor in Criminology.

At Ramapo, Mariah has been active in several organizations and activities, including Track and Field and Ramapo Operation Link Up, an organization that provides support and direction, as well as educational and financial assistance to students of Paterson and its surrounding area.

Mariah has also been involved in off-campus activities and organizations, including Mahwah Environmental Volunteers.


Brial Bradley

Brial Bradley of Elmwood Park, NJ is a Business Administration Major with a concentration in Management.

At Ramapo, Brial plans on joining two organizations and activities, such as the Black Student Union and CPB.

Brial is a volunteer with the Hackensack YMCA and Englewood Ebenezer Baptist Church “Feed the Feed” organization.


Randy Chaiz

Randy Chaiz of Camden, NJ is a Biology major with a focus in Dentistry. He has a 3.3 GPA.

A recent transfer, Randy is part of the Pre-Med Club and ALMA (Association of Latinos Moving Ahead).


Phillip Dowell

Phillip Dowell of Englewood NJ is a Social Science major with a minor in Gerontology. He was nominated for the Dean’s List in fall 2014.

Phillip has been an active member of the Ramapo College Men’s Track & Field team where he has made consecutive NCAA appearances and placed sixth in all of Division 3 across the nation.

Off-campus he is a volunteer at the Allendale Center for Mature Living facility in Allendale, NJ.

Keivon Hemmings

Keivon Hemmings of Newark, NJ is a Music major with a concentration in Music Production.  He has a 3.4 grade point average and has been on the Dean’s List.

Keivon is currently a Resident Assistant on campus and has also been involved in the Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassadors and the Ramapo College Concert Band.

 


Wesley May

Wesley May of Newark, NJ is a Business Marketing Major with a Minor in Psychology and Theater. Wesley has a 3.2 GPA.

At Ramapo, Wesley is the President of Cru (Crusaders for Christ) where he developed a mission statement and coordinated schedules for time management to accommodate first year students, transfer students, and commuters. Wesley is also the treasurer of BMAD (Brothers Making a Difference) where he has improved the overall system of communication and enhanced the level of influence the organization has had at Ramapo College.


Nicole Marquez

Nicole Marquez of Paterson, NJ is a Social Science major with a minor in Psychology. She has a 3.0 grade point average.

At Ramapo, Nicole has been active in several organizations and activities including the Organization of Latin Unity (OLU) and the organization of Ebony Women for Social Change (EWSC).

Nicole has also been involved in working with Councilwoman and Councilman at Large, campaigning for elections in her city and volunteering in the battered women’s shelter in Wanaque, NJ.

Pedro Ortiz

Pedtro Ortiz is a junior from Newark, NJ majoring in Music.

Jeff Pena

Jeff Pena is a senior from Cliffside Park, NJ majoring in Business Administration.


2015 Recipients

Akilah Gillison

Akilah Gillison of Paterson, N.J. is a nursing major. She has a 3.26 grade point average. She is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon honor society.

At Ramapo, she is a resident assistant and works in the Office of Admissions, as well as participating in RASA (Ramapo Admission Student Ambassadors).

Off campus, Akilah has begun clinical rotations at Valley Hospital and Hackensack University Medical Center.


Monica Cuello Natera

Monica Cuello of Englewood, NJ carries a double major: Spanish and Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing. She has been inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. She is a member of the Health Awareness Team, the Spanish Club and the Commuter Club. Monica also volunteers at a hospital. She plans to attend law school and to establish her own law firm. “Receiving this scholarship allowed me to focus more on my school work and not worry intensely about having to work more hours. It helped me achieve a work/school balance that would not be possible otherwise,” she said. Monica has a 3.47 grade point average.


Troy Reyes

Troy Reyes of Jersey City, N.J. is a contemporary arts major and music production minor. He has a 2.0 grade point average.

At Ramapo, Troy has been active in several organizations and activities including Brother’s Making A Difference and Black Student Union. He served as publicist of Brother’s Making A Difference.

Troy has also been involved in off campus activities and organizations, including serving as a sports coach at Timber Lake Camp and working with NBA Fit for children development.


Jennifer Emeh

Yoel Arroyo

Joanne Delices

Joanne Delices of Maplewood, N.J. is a psychology major with a history minor. She has a 2.8 GPA. Joanne was inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honors Society.

At Ramapo, Joanne has served on the E-board of her honor society as secretary, volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club through the Educational Opportunity Fund Program and participated in ongoing research through the School of Social Science and Human Services.


Michelle A. Gonzalez

Michelle A. Gonzalez of Weehawken, N.J. is a social work major minoring in criminology. She has a 3.467 grade point average.  Michelle was inducted into Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society, Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work, and achieved Dean’s List for the last four consecutive semesters.

At Ramapo, Michelle has been active in several organizations and activities, including Chi Alpha Epsilon, Educational Opportunity Fund Student Leader and the social work club. She has served as Treasurer of Chi Alpha Epsilon for two years.

Michelle has also been involved in off –campus activities and organizations, including the mentoring program at The Boys and Girls Club of Hackensack, Special Olympics of New Jersey, and Project Linus. She has served as a Student Leader at the Boys and Girls Club as well as a Student Representative for Project Linus.


Ebony Saxton


Melissa Ransome


Shaleah Peyton



2014 Recipients

Monica Cuello Natera

Monica Cuello of Englewood, NJ carries a double major: Spanish and Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing. She has been inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. She is a member of the Health Awareness Team, the Spanish Club and the Commuter Club. Monica also volunteers at a hospital. She plans to attend law school and to establish her own law firm. “Receiving this scholarship allowed me to focus more on my school work and not worry intensely about having to work more hours. It helped me achieve a work/school balance that would not be possible otherwise,” she said. Monica has a 3.47 grade point average.


Kayaeisha Shaw

Kayaeisha Shaw of Elmwood Park, NJ is a Sociology major with a concentration in Criminology. She is an EOF mentor for the Boys & Girls Club of Hackensack. Kayaeisha plans to become a law enforcement officer or join the U.S. Marine Corps upon graduation. “Receiving this scholarship has helped my parents and me from taking out a loan this semester,” she said. “I do not have to worry about not paying it off. It has helped me get one step closer to my goal.” Kayaeisha has a 2.67 grade point average.


Jesus Santos

Jesus Santos of Paterson, NJ is a Communications major with a concentration in Writing. He moved to Paterson from the Dominican Republic when he was nine years old. He is a senior resident assistant for Linden Hall, an office assistant for the Office of Residence Life and a peer educator for the Health Awareness Team. He also is a waiter at a local chain restaurant. He enjoys the challenges of residence life and would like to pursue an advanced degree in Student Affairs at Monmouth University or Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Jesus explains that his mother struggles to pay the rent, and he does not wish to add to her financial responsibilities. “Senior year is very expensive,” he said. “Therefore this scholarship helped me pay for a very costly year and I know I would have struggled without it.” Jesus has a 3.12 grade point average.

This scholarship has helped me so much because I do not have to worry so much about my loans, and attending graduate school will only increase those loans.

Iteona Roundtree

Iteona Roundtree is a junior at Ramapo, majoring in Nursing. She has earned a 3.34 grade point average. Iteona is from Shrewsbury, NJ.

Malcolm Minor

Malcolm Minor of Newark, NJ is a Theater major with a concentration in Acting. He is co-founder and chapter president of the Alpha Chapter Gamma Xi Phi Professional Arts Fraternity, Inc. on campus. He serves as a senior advisor for Operation Link-Up, an Office of Admissions Student Ambassador, a fraternity council representative for Greek Week and a committee member for both African Ancestry Month Committee and Women’s Herstory Month. In addition, Malcolm is a member of the Black Student Union and the Organization for African Unity. Malcolm also holds a position as a student aide in the Office of Admissions. “Receiving a scholarship means that someone believes in me and what I’m trying to do,” he said. “It gives me a sense of accomplishment, yet a sense of urgency to do better.” He plans to pursue a master’s degree in Fine Arts and perform throughout the world. Malcolm has a 2.84 grade point average.

The scholarship I have received has helped me get one step closer to my goals. It has made a huge impact on my academics.

Tamira Alston

Tamira Alston of Newark, N.J., is a psychology major. She has a 2.7 grade point average.

 

At Ramapo, Tamira is the office manager for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, a senior advisor for the Black Student Union and Ebony Women for Social Change. She is a member of Beta Kappa Sigma Black and Latina Sorority Inc. Off-campus, Tamira participates in community service projects and travels to urban areas to work with female youth.

 

Tamira plans to attend graduate school and would like to work for a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged youth.

This scholarship helps me continue my undergraduate career, which in the long run will help me continue to prosper and succeed. I am truly grateful.

Kathia Cintron

Kathia Cintron of Passaic, NJ is a Spanish Language Studies major who is pursuing teacher certification. She was inducted into Sigma Delta Pi and Chi Alpha Epsilon honor societies. She is a member of Sister Connections and is a Global Roadrunner and a trip leader for the alternative spring break program to the Dominican Republic. She teaches the Praxis I Reading and Writing prep sessions for students in the Educational Opportunity Fund program who have applied for teacher certification. Kathia is also an office assistant for College Park apartments. Off campus, Kathia is a substitute teacher in Passaic and serves as a translator for members of her church. She plans to obtain a master’s degree in Regional Studies-Latin America and the Caribbean from Columbia University and to pursue a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Teaching at the university. “As a firstgeneration college student, this scholarship represents all of the potential I hold for the future of our society and the opportunity to be a step closer to fulfilling my academic and professional dreams,” she said. Kathia has a 3.32 grade point average.


Brooke Jamison

Brooke Jamison of Millville, NJ is a Law & Society major and a Psychology minor. She is president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, a student leader in the EOF Office and social chair of the United Cultural Greek Council. She works as a resident assistant in Laurel Hall. Brooke would like to pursue a master’s degree in Higher Education. She said “receiving the scholarship gives financial support toward my goal of higher education.” Brooke has a 3.11 grade point average.


Bridgette Cervantes

Bridgette Cervantes is a graduate of the Carib Christian School in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, where she moved from Toms River, NJ. In high school, Bridgette was an honor roll student all four years while playing tennis and lacrosse, where she was a team captain. Bridgette plays the cello and was third chair in the Garden State Philharmonic. She volunteered at Jersey Shore Medical Center with a group studying the effects of weather conditions on patients with asthma. At Ramapo, Bridgette is a sophomore in the nursing major and has a 3.77 grade point average.


Lee-Anna John

Lee-Anna John of Hackensack is a Communication Arts Major with a concentration in Journalism major who is pursuing certification in Elementary Education. She has a minor in Anthropology. She is president of the on campus chapter of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. Lee-Anna is a student leader in the EOF office and a member of Leaders in Service. Off campus, she is a volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club of Hackensack and Habitat for Humanity. She is excited to have completed a study abroad program to India this semester. Lee-Anna said the scholarship helped to pay for the trip. She would like to spend a year teaching English abroad or doing volunteer work in another country. Ultimately, Lee- Anna wants to pursue a Ph.D. program in Anthropology. She has a 3.44 grade point average.


Marisol Rodriguez

Marisol Rodriguez of Englewood, NJ is a Nursing major. She serves as vice president of the Students of Caribbean Ancestry Club. “This scholarship provides me with the opportunity to further my education by helping me to get one step closer to fulfilling my dreams of becoming an RN,” she said. Marisol has a 2.90 grade point average.

Daniel Rosario

Daniel Rosario of Hawthorne, NJ is an Accounting major. He is vice president of Finance for Enactus, and serves as treasurer for his fraternity, Lambda Theta Phi. He is a member and chief financial officer of the National Association of Black Accountants. Daniel has set a number of goals for himself. He will continue to work as a junior accountant at a CPA firm, complete the requirements to earn a CPA license and then take the GMAT to pursue a Ph.D. in Accounting. He envisions his career path first as a professor and then as dean of a business school or president of a college. “As a scholarship recipient, I am a living example of the type of student that Ramapo College hopes to create,” he said. “It is an honor to be a student of Ramapo College and to receive this scholarship.” Daniel has 3.15 grade point average.


Claude Barnes

Claude Barnes of Teaneck, NJ is pursuing two majors: Accounting and Economics. He serves as treasurer of Brothers Making a Difference, is establishing a chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants on campus and was inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. He is a box office attendant and usher in the Berrie Center. Off campus, he is a representative of NJSCPA Pay It Forward and an AICPA Legacy Scholar. Claude plans to sit for the CPA exam and accept a position as an auditor with Ernst & Young and, would also like to pursue an MBA. “This scholarship means a lot to me since I grew up in a household where every penny counts,” he said. “It is a relief to receive some assistance to pay for school.” Claude has a 3.22 grade point average.


Jordan Richards

Jordan Richards of Maplewood, NJ is a Computer Science major with a 3.20 grade point average. Jordan’s minor is Visual Arts with a concentration in Photography. Jordan is involved with A Better Tomorrow, Ramapo Operation Link Up, The Computer and Technology Club, Mackin Hall Residence Council and is an Admissions Student Ambassador. “Knowledge is the key to achieving a certain dream,” he said. “Even if you learn one new thing a day, it takes you one step closer to any goal.” Jordan plans to work creating software that will aid students with learning disabilities. “No goal or dream can be realized all by one’s self,” he added. “I would like to say thank you to the Ramapo College Foundation for providing a helping hand.”


Richard Suarez

Richard Suarez will be attending the Business and Spanish Program at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain in the summer of 2013. Richard is a double major in Marketing and Psychology. “Richard is active on campus, and participated in Alternative Spring Break,” says Ben Levy, the Director of International Education. The senior has a 3.19 grade point average. He is from Ridgefield, NJ.


Yanirys Perez

Yanirys Perez of Hackensack, NJ is a Nursing major. Her family emigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic 10 years ago. “My parents wanted to provide me with the opportunity of a better education and, ultimately, a better future,” she says. Yanirys was a student representative on a committee that chose the summer reading book for incoming freshmen. She’s worked as a tutor and counselor for the Upward Bound Summer Program for Paterson high school students held on campus. Yanirys plans to become a pediatric nurse. She says, “I am grateful for scholarships like these and for the ability to continue my journey in college.”


Ruqiya Mohamud

Ruqiya Mohamud of Paterson, NJ is an Allied Health major with a concentration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She was inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society. Ruqiya serves as president of the Organization for African Unity, financial chair of the Black Student Union and senior advisor for Ebony Women for Social Change. She is also a member of Sister Connections and serves on the African Ancestry Committee. When Ruqiya completes her studies at Ramapo College, she will attend Rutgers School of Health Related Professions to complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree. She would like to work in a hospital. She said the scholarship, “was a stress reliever and helped toward school expenses.” Ruqiya has a 3.30 grade point average.


Jack Nesmith

Jack Nesmith of Jersey City, NJ is a Psychology major. He is a resident assistant for Laurel Hall, a peer facilitator and involved with Real Men of Ramapo Calendar. Jack serves as secretary of Rho Alpha Sigma Honor Society for Resident Assistants and was included into the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society for Student Leaders. He plans to pursue a master’s degree and would like to be a counselor in a Student Affairs division of a college. In graduate school, he plans to explore goals toward improving society and becoming a mentor. “My goal is to help students find their passions in life and, as a professional, influence the next generation of student leaders,” he said. He said this scholarship helps him, “focus on getting my degree and joining the environmental movement to protect our planet.” Jack has a 3.09 grade point average.


Yisel Espinal

Yisel Espinal, of New Milford, NJ is a Nursing major. Yisel is a member of the Nursing Student Organization and the Culture Club. She serves as president and treasurer of Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority. Yisel is a patient care associate and a physical therapy aide at The Valley Hospital. “Receiving this scholarship has helped me finance my commuting expenses, which I am very thankful for,” she says. Yisel has a 3.47 grade point average.


Aloha Wilkins

Aloha Wilkins of Boonton, NJ is a Social Work major with a concentration in Substance Abuse. A returning adult student, Aloha is a board member of Family Promise Homeless Shelter and a committee member for United Way of Northern NJ. On campus, she is active with Ramapo Readers and the Social Work Club. Aloha says, “It has been individuals in the helping professions who have helped me restore my sanity by providing me with their time, encouragement, counseling, and at times, shelter.” She now wishes to pursue a career in which she can enable others to reach their goals. Aloha has gained invaluable experience working as a direct care counselor with developmentally disabled persons. She describes herself as someone who knows what she wants and who is willing to work hard to achieve her academic and career goals. With a grade point average of 3.04, Aloha has proven herself as a conscientious and dedicated student, while providing an excellent role model for her two children.



2013 Recipients

Yanirys Perez

Yanirys Perez of Hackensack, NJ is a Nursing major. Her family emigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic 10 years ago. “My parents wanted to provide me with the opportunity of a better education and, ultimately, a better future,” she says. Yanirys was a student representative on a committee that chose the summer reading book for incoming freshmen. She’s worked as a tutor and counselor for the Upward Bound Summer Program for Paterson high school students held on campus. Yanirys plans to become a pediatric nurse. She says, “I am grateful for scholarships like these and for the ability to continue my journey in college.”

The scholarship I received will prepare me for my future because it will help me reach my goal to finish college as well as pursue a career afterwards.

Ruqiya Mohamud

Ruqiya Mohamud of Paterson, NJ is an Allied Health major with a concentration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She was inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society. Ruqiya serves as president of the Organization for African Unity, financial chair of the Black Student Union and senior advisor for Ebony Women for Social Change. She is also a member of Sister Connections and serves on the African Ancestry Committee. When Ruqiya completes her studies at Ramapo College, she will attend Rutgers School of Health Related Professions to complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree. She would like to work in a hospital. She said the scholarship, “was a stress reliever and helped toward school expenses.” Ruqiya has a 3.30 grade point average.

This scholarship helps me in the steps I have to take to graduate. With the money I receive I am able to pay for expenses that could have been a burden this semester.

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