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The Robert Sydney Needham Memorial Foundation Scholarship is administered through Wells Fargo, and awards scholarships to students at New Jersey colleges and universities.  The awards are intended to recognize students who are graduates of a New Jersey high school, active in community service and campus leadership and have demonstrated financial need.

To be eligible, students must fill out an application and  write an essay describing the details of their community service and campus leadership.


  • Full time student
  • Sophomore , junior or senior
  • Graduate of a New Jersey High School
  • G.P.A. of 3.3 or above
  • Be actively involved in community service and campus leadership
  • Have significant financial need based on the FAFSA.

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2019 Recipient

Kathryn Cabrera

Kathryn Cabrera of Egg Harbor City, N.J. is a Biology major with a minor in Anthropology. She is currently a junior with a 3.99 GPA.

At Ramapo, Kathryn has been active in the Beekeeping Club, where she serves as President, as well as 1Step, and the Peer Facilitation program.

She is part of the New Jersey Beekeeping Association (NJBA) and recently interned with the Rockland Conservation and Service Corps, where she worked alongside of the Division of Environmental Resources and the Drainage agency to maintain and assess the trails and streams throughout Rockland County. In the future, Kathryn hopes to attend graduate school to further her education in biology.

2017 Recipient

Joshua Young

Joshua Young of Hackensack, NJ is an Engineering Physics major. He has a GPA of 3.395. He made the Dean’s List in fall of 2015 and was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

Joshua plays intramural soccer at Ramapo and is a member of the Black Student Union (BSU).

Off campus, he volunteers for the American Heart Association and Teaneck Tutoring at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

On learning of his scholarship, Joshua, who hopes to go to medical school and become a surgeon, wrote “I will do my best and work hard to make sure that this award given to me will not go to waste. I hope to one day to also give back to the community just as you have done for me.”

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