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Montes, Jose F. Memorial Scholarship

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Francisco Montes ’11, an alumnus of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), graduated from Ramapo College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Anthropology.

While at Ramapo, Francisco was primarily involved in his fraternity, Lambda Theta Phi, which developed numerous educational programs and participated in multiple community service events each semester both on and off campus. He also played for the men’s Volleyball team during the 2006 season.

The Jose F. Montes Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Francisco’s father, Jose F. Montes, who passed away on April 14, 2020, and to honor the numerous healthcare workers who cared for him and others during the COVID pandemic. The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize EOF students pursuing a career in the healthcare industry.

    Candidacy for the Jose F. Montes Memorial Scholarship will be based on:
  • Student enrolled in the EOF program
  • GPA 3.0 and above
  • Nursing and other related healthcare and human services majors
  • Applicants must submit an essay of up to two pages identifying what their career goal is and what inspired them to pursue that particular career.

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2022 Recipient

Cindy Lam

“I plan to attend medical school and work in underserved areas,” says Cindy Lam of Parsippany, N.J.  Cindy is a third-year Biology major and is part of the Honors and EOF Program. She has made the Dean’s List each semester since freshman year.

She is a student ambassador for Ramapo Admissions, Co-President of United Asian Association, Co-President of Biology Club, an E-Board member of the Honors Program, an SGA Senator-At-Large, and an active sister of Alpha Omicron Pi. She is also researching at the Cognitive Development Lab under her mentor, Dr. Ishak. 

Off-campus, Cindy serves her community by donating hand-made greeting cards to local children’s specialized hospitals and volunteers at Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital. “As an advocate against food insecurity, I also volunteer at food pantries when I travel to Vietnam at the Ho Chi Minh Food Pantry as well as the Parsippany Emergency Food Pantry where I organize food bags to distribute to the community.”



2021 Recipient

Britney Miller

Britney Miller of Cape May, N.J. is in her third year as a Nursing major. She is a member of the Education Opportunity fund and made the Spring 2020 Dean’s List. “My motivation to get my degree comes from my inspiration to help others in the future,” she says.

Britney mentors underclassmen students through the Nursing Student Organization. She’s also on the E-Board for the College Programming Board and is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the community service fraternity on campus. While in school, she works a part-time job at Acme. 


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