Meena Joisher graduated from Ramapo College with Latin honors (magna cum laude) in 1992. She earned a degree in Business Administration to enhance her work at UPS.
Meena’s daughters Purvi and Manshi earned their high school diplomas at Mahwah High School. After attending Northeastern University for a year, Purvi followed her mother to Ramapo and graduated cum laude in 2001 with a degree in Information Systems. She earned an MBA at Ramapo College in 2004. Manshi, too, enrolled at Ramapo and earned her degree in 2002 in Information Systems with Latin honors.
Meena and her husband Mukul established this award in 2003 in recognition of the difficulties international students face, especially financially, and the valuable support Ramapo administrators and international student advisors gave their daughters and the role they played in Purvi’s and Manshi’s success. The Joisher Scholarship benefits exceptional international students, particularly those from India.
- For international students (F-1 status); students from India preferred
- Candidates may not be receiving any other scholarship
- GPA 3.0+
- Recipient selected by a committee comprised of family members, the International student advisor, and the Scholarship Coordinator
- Applicants must submit a one-page essay describing how he or she has made the most of being a student at Ramapo College
Zachary Remes of Paramus, N.J. is a Finance major. He has a 3.71 GPA and over the past two semesters, he has earned the Dean’s List award. He is a transfer student who previously attended New Jersey Institute of Technology.
During his time as a member of the Roadrunner Financial Group on campus he has learned key skills in analyzing stocks, and has been able to pitch a stocks for the group to invest in.
He is interning in the finance and accounting department at UPS, and plans to continue with the company after graduation
“Psychology was an interest even before I grasped the idea of it. As a child I observed people, made up stories about them, and imagined myself in their situations,” says international student Sumaiya Muhammad of Kathmandu, Nepal. The Psychology major has a GPA of 3.9 and hopes to reduce the stigma against mental health through a career in Mental Health Counseling and Therapy.
At Ramapo, Sumaiya has been active in International Student Organization since her first year. She served the ISO as the Freshmen Representative in her first year and as a Student Advisor in her Sophomore Year. “Through ISO, we work to help international students adapt to daily life at Ramapo and to bring international culture to the campus community.”
Swaraj Thaman of Gorakhpur, India is a Biochemistry major. He has a 3.96 GPA and has made the Dean’s List for the last two semesters. He is a Presidential Scholar, an active member of the Honors Program, and a recipient of the Westchester Chemical Society for Freshman Award. Swaraj is involved in the International Student Organization and is a tutor for biology and math in the Office of Specialized Services.
During the summer of 2018, he was a research intern at Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology (RIBB), where he participated in the research of the production of biodiesel from waste cooking oil, bacterial and fungal cultures, antibiotic testing, etc. He also volunteered for the Gagan Chand Divine Foundation in their reconstruction efforts in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal, after the earthquake on April 2015.
Prasiddha Shakya is a Mathematics major with dual minors in Economics and International Studies. He has a 3.87 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List each semester.
Prasiddha has been involved in Model UN, Chess Club, HGS Advisory Council and the International Student Organization. He was a part of the Model UN team that took part in NMUN-DC, and he was also a part of the college Federal Reserve Challenge Team. Additionally, Prasiddha has worked as an advocate for the UNF Global Health Program and has worked as a full-time counselor for the Upward Bound Program.
He plans to pursue graduate studies in International Economics.
Achyut Gautam of Nepal is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Mathematics and Economics. He has a 3.8 GPA and is part of the Honors Program.
He has been extremely active in several organizations on campus, including Student Government Association (SGA), Board of Trustees, Dean’s Advisory Council, and Civic and Community Engagement Center. He is currently serving as a research assistant in the Anisfield School of Business where he assists faculty in designing econometric models.
Achyut studied abroad in Milan, Italy in fall of 2017, and has also traveled to Ghana as part of the SGA exchange program. He was one of the recipients of the “Outstanding Leadership by a Sophomore” award and was also selected by the Dean of ASB for the Seminara Memorial Award. “After graduation, I am determined to make financial markets more efficient, transparent, and accessible to all people.”
Meera Patel is a first-generation student and the first person in her family to pursue a bachelor’s degree. She is a Finance major from Mahwah, NJ who has a strong passion toward helping the less fortunate. She volunteers and has helped raise money and awareness for homeless, abandoned, and abused youth.
Binaya Panta of Mahwah, NJ is a Mathematics major and a Computer Science minor. He has a 3.93 GPA and was inducted into the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society.
At Ramapo, Binaya has been active in several organizations and activities, including the International Student Organization, Computer and Technology Club and Mathematics Club. He served as the Vice-President of Pi Mu Epsilon and International Student Organization.
He has also served as a volunteer for Solidarite France Nepal, an NGO in Nepal, where he worked on a project regarding the rehabilitation of orphans living in the streets of Kathmandu.
Sujil Maharjan of Kathmandu, Nepal is a computer science major. He has a 3.8 grade point average.
At Ramapo, Sujil has been active in several organizations and activities, including International Student Organization, South Asians at Ramapo, and Student Government Association. He served as a secretary of ISO, a treasurer of SAR, and a senator-at-large of Student Government Association.
Sujil also has been involved in off-campus activities and organizations, including participation in various tech-related events and presentations of his research works in conferences.
Devinder Sodhi of Lodi, NJ is a Computer Science major. An international student, he has a degree in Biology and has returned to college to get the education he needs to change his career path. He was accepted to three of the four schools he applied to. “After conversations with alumni, research and conversations with the faculty, Ramapo seemed to be the ideal choice,” said Devinder. He has provided chemical technical support to a firm in Fair Lawn and was a life sciences talent acquisition intern. He is eager to return to the full time workforce and says the faculty has been helpful to ensure that will happen. On campus, Devinder is a member of the International Student Organization, South Asians at Ramapo, Computer Science Club and the Math Club. He is an accomplished photographer whose work has been published in local newspapers and online. Devinder has a 4.00 grade point average.
Aashma Thapa is an Environmental Science major. A native of Nepal, she is a member of the International Student Organization. In 2012 Aashma was named Best Environmental Management Student and Best Psychology Student. On campus she is a laboratory assistant in the Information Technology Services Department. Aashma is a volunteer for the National Centers for Environmental Prediction and is active with Sai Baba Bhajan, devotional, spiritual singing. She says, “Studying in text books is one thing, but being in a sustainable infrastructure while I learn more about the environment is amazing.” Aashma has a 2.92 grade point average.
I am very grateful to have received this scholarship as it has become yet another source of motivation in my life to continue
to strive to excel.
Wenji Li, an international student from China, is a Finance major. She is treasurer of the International Student Organization, and a member of the Finance Club, the United Asian Association and the Music and Entertainment Industry Students Association. An accomplished pianist, Wenji has participated in the College’s Chamber Music Programs. She was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Wenji appreciates the opportunity to learn the American financial system and make comparisons with the system in China. She admits, though, that “music overcomes the gaps between language difference” and is sometimes a better way for her to communicate. Wenji has a 3.52 grade point average.
Ronak Patel of Mahwah, NJ is an Information Systems major with a 3.88 grade point average. Ronak works as an office manager at ADPP Enterprises and also volunteers at her temple helping children learn about their religion. Having lived in three countries, Ronak confidently states, “The best way to improve a society and to enhance the progress of its economy is through education.” Her dream is to be an entrepreneur. “Dreams are the benchmark of our achievement,” she says.
Ritvik Dubey of Somerset, NJ is a Biochemistry and Bioinformatics major who has a 3.17 grade point average. Born in Dubai, he believes “the only real failure in life is a failure to try.” His is involved in the BioinformaticsTAS Honors Research Program, working with a faculty member to isolate target proteins for malaria. He also is a member of South Asians at Ramapo. Ritvik says “receiving a scholarship represents my desire to express my love and gratitude to those that matter most to me, my parents and my family.
It has given me the added confidence to succeed.
Shaima Khinjani graduated from Ramapo in December, 2010 with a degree in International Studies. Her cumulative grade point average was 3.40. During the fall semester she delivered a paper with Professor Rebecca Root at a political science conference in Boston on the role of women and elections in Afghanistan. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Montana and is teaching courses in Afghan language and culture.
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