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Peer Facilitation First-Year Student Scholarship

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The Peer Facilitation Program aims to help first-year students transition to the Ramapo College community. In addition to being one of the first resources introduced to first-year students, the Peer Facilitators spend the entire first semester with their designated class teaching them about the ins and outs of college life. The Peer Facilitation program seeks to recognize two first-year students who demonstrate campus engagement and have exemplified the values of Ramapo within their first semester. International students are welcome to apply.

This scholarship is only for first-year students enrolled in an FYS course.

  • College represents a period of growth. Within your first month as a first-year student, how would you define your own growth? Please include a specific moment you believe has aided your growth. This may include a time you learned from an obstacle, challenged views, or solved a problem. This is the subject of your 1-2 page essay to be uploaded with your scholarship application
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2020 Recipients

Leslie Pascal

“I believe with the right resources and support, anyone can do anything,” says freshman Leslie Pascal.  Leslie studies Global Communications & Media and is an Educational Opportunity Fund Scholar. “I hope to travel the world and help children receive an education,” she says.

On-campus, she is the Co-Advertising Chair for the Association of Latinos Moving Ahead, a Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassador and a volunteer at the Women’s Center. Back in high school, she was Vice President of her student counselor, a peer leader, and part of the Teen Prevention Education program.


Rassha Yumiguano

“I aspire to become a Nurse Practitioner and join the Army to help those who serve the nation,” says Rassha Yumiguano.  Rassha is a first-year Nursing student from North Plainfield N.J. In high school, she was a language tutor for her peers. She is also part of the Educational Opportunity Fund program and is grateful for all their support. “I couldn’t be happier that I’ve chosen Ramapo to achieve all my dreams.”  This summers, she plans on attending EMT school and become more involved with her town’s rescue squad.



2019 Recipients

Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez is a first-year Political Science major from Passaic, N.J. She holds extensive pride in her hometown and hopes to work in local government one day. In high school, she actively participated in Student Council, and was able to work with members of the Board of Education in her hometown to help change school policy.

In her first semester at Ramapo, she has become a Senator-at-Large for the Student Government Association, serving as a Liaison to the Women’s Center and serving on the Diversity Committee. She is the current Secretary for the Association of Latinos Moving Ahead and volunteers at the Women’s Center. She is also in the Educational Opportunity Fund program and is immensely grateful for the support and motivation it has given her.

“I’m so grateful for my family for inspiring me to keep working hard. My goal is to continue making them, as well as Passaic, proud.”


Benjamin Lipton

Benjamin J. Lipton of Suffern, N.Y. is a Freshman Computer Science major. He has an incoming GPA of 3.5.

As a high school student, Ben served as a peer mentor through a program called “Heroes and Cool Kids.” Ben looks forward to working with others in the Ramapo College community through service projects with the Civic and Community Engagement Center.

“I plan to work as a computer programmer and app developer so that I can explore ways in which to improve the quality of life for all.”


2018 Recipients

Prativa Parajuli

Prativa Parajuli is from Kathmandu, Nepal where she completed her high school studies at St. Xaviers College.  During high school, she organized various literary fests and participated in several community service projects, helping an orphanage and reconstructing a school damaged by an earthquake. She also received a special ‘Global Public Award’ for her academic achievement. At Ramapo, Prativa plans to pursue a major in Computer Science, and is currently working as a book shelver in the Potter Library. She is a member of Hack Ramapo and the Chess Club at Ramapo.

Post-graduation, Prativa hopes to work for one of the big names in technology, such as Google or Microsoft, and contribute to the ever-expanding field of Computer Science.


Dahiana Arenas

Dahiana Arenas of Oakland, N.J. is a first-year Nursing major.

“Fortunately, I was able to kick-off my college experience by joining Leaders in Service, where I volunteered with House on the Hill and the Mahwah Environmental Volunteer Organization (MEVO), and had the opportunity to bond with many inspiring individuals.” Dahiana is a Ramapo Student Ambassador, as well as a member of the College Honors Program.

Off-campus she works as a camp counselor and waitress. Post-graduation, she plans to attend graduate school and become a nurse practitioner. “I hope to use my degree to travel the world and deliver quality care to individuals in developing countries.”


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