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Moore, Prestin Walter Memorial Scholarship

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Prestin Walter Moore was tragically taken from his family in an automobile accident on his way to visit family in Mahwah for Thanksgiving, 2015. Prestin was just 12 years-old and had a heart of gold. Prestin’s aunt, a Ramapo College staff member, along with family and friends decided to establish this scholarship as a permanent legacy to Prestin.

Prestin was a very kind boy who loved all sports. He also loved to play video games and be with his family. Prestin was a very compassionate child with an old soul. He especially loved his dog, Mika, and his nephew Adrian. Prestin taught Mika to play football and other tricks, while at the same time being the light of Adrian’s eyes.

His Aunt Ivy states, “Prestin was a remarkable young boy and I’m not saying that because he is my nephew; I’m saying it because it’s a fact. I’m extremely lucky and honored to have had Prestin as my nephew and my Godson.”

This scholarship will provide an opportunity for a student in need, who has overcome difficult circumstances in order to pursue their degree.

  • Financial need based on Foundation policy
  • Student must have a GPA of 2.0 +
  • Student must have completed at least 31 credits .
  • Students are required to write an essay with examples of how they've overcome circumstances to pursue their degree.
  • Students must be in good standing

Scholarship application is closed for this semester.

2023 Recipient

Giavanna Barras

Giavanna Barras of Manville, N.J. is a History major within the 4+1 MASE Program with a Social Studies concentration in the Teacher Education Program. She has a 3.8 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List every semester.

At Ramapo, Giavanna has been active in several organizations and activities such as, Lead Club, Alpha Lambda Delta and Jane Addams Papers as an editorial assistant.

Giavanna has also been involved in off-campus activities and organizations such as being a tutor for her special needs brothers. She hopes to join Manville’s Fire department as a volunteer firefighter.

In the future, Giavanna plans to pursue her masters in Special Education and hopes to teach history and assist children with special needs just like her brothers.

2022 Recipient


The recipient of this scholarship wishes to remain anonymous.

2021 Recipients


The recipient of this award would like to remain anonymous.

Nyomi Vasquez

“After graduating, I plan to join the police force or work with foster care youth to give back to my community and help others,” says Nyomi Vasquez of Lake Hopatcong, N.J. 

Nyomi is studying Sociology with a double minor in Psychology and Crime and Justice Studies. She is a first-generation college student, has a 3.1 GPA and made the Spring 2019 Dean’s List.

Nyomi is a member of the Ramapo College Dance Company and is a proud EOF Scholar.

2019 Recipient

The recipient wishes to remain anonymous.

2018 Recipient

Jamie Anne Anderson

Jamie Anne Anderson of Cliffside Park, N.J. is a Nursing student and has a 3.5 GPA.

Last year Jamie was the Roadrunners Women’s Basketball Team Manager where she became the team’s statistician, videotaped games and organized practices. This year she joined the Ramapo Nursing Student Organization and the Nutrition and Fitness Club.

As a certified EMT, Jamie volunteers at the Mahwah and Fairview Centers, and works weekends in Cliffside Park. “I’m proud of all I’ve accomplished so far at Ramapo, especially earning a spot on the Dean’s List while continuing to volunteer.” She is looking forward to studying abroad in Ghana in Summer 2018.

“I plan to specialize in trauma and emergency nursing, perhaps with the US Army or with Doctors without Borders.”

2017 Recipient

Dayra Cerda

“I am proud to be the first person in my family to pursue a bachelor’s degree and I hope to earn my masters in Higher Education Administration,” said Dayra Cerda, a Business Administration major from Passaic, NJ.

Dayra has a concentration in Marketing and was inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society and Rho Alpha Sigma Society.

Dayra works two jobs on campus.  She is an Assistant Residence Director for The Village and student assistant in the Contemporary Arts Office.  She also serves as the community service chair for Rho Alpha Sigma.

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