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Chris and Suzi Turner, owners of Lamborghini Paramus, Prestige Volkswagen of Stamford and MINI of Dutchess County, have been supporters of Ramapo College since 2003. Many Ramapo graduates have chosen various positions within the dealerships. “We are invested in our employees and Ramapo has been a valued partner in supporting our talent acquisition over the years,” says Chris Turner, President of the company.

Chris was honored at the 2016 Ramapo College Foundation Distinguished Citizen’s Dinner. Chris is a member of the Ramapo Foundation Board of Governors and chaired the Concours d’Elegance held on the Ramapo campus in 2015 and 2016.

 

  • Business major
  • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0
  • Junior, or Senior
  • Financial need based on the Foundation policy
  • Recipients will be chosen by a representative from the Office of Admissions, the Office of Financial aid and the Scholarship coordinator

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2020 Recipients

Meghavi Pandya

Meghavi Pandya of North Arlington, N.J. is a Business Management major. She has a 4.0 GPA. She graduated with an honors diploma from her previous educational institution, Bergen Community College.

At Ramapo, Meghavi has been active in organizations including the Ramapo College Dance Company, the NAACH Dance Club, and Intramural Volleyball. She significantly enjoyed learning new, exciting choreographies at dance. Additionally, she found great pleasure in dancing with other talented dancers and simultaneously making new friends. Meghavi also plays intramural volleyball and appreciates working as a team with individuals like herself to accomplish a shared goal of winning the game.

Meghavi has a personal passion for fitness which inspired her to get certified in personal training while working at a gym near her hometown. Meghavi shares knowledge she gained through her NCSF PT certification and job experience by creating personalized workouts according to individuals’ goals. She motivates people by exercising with friends, acquaintances, and family members. “I am dedicated to helping improve others and my own physical health.”

Ava Rose Iorio

Ava Rose Iorio of Midland Park, N.J. is a Marketing major. She has a 3.97 GPA. Ava has proudly achieved Dean’s list since her first semester. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and The National Society of Leadership and Success.

At Ramapo, Ava is currently active in several organizations and activities, including Females in S.T.E.M. Society and the Office of Specialized Services. She has been treasurer for Females in S.T.E.M. Society since her Sophomore year. Within the same timeframe, Ava has also held a student-aide position at the front desk of the OSS office. “My job in OSS has helped me build upon my interpersonal and multi-tasking skills. I also value helping out other Ramapo students as part of my work role.”

Ava previously worked at Taylor Financial Group, LLC. As a marketing intern, she acquired real-life experience into the field which challenged herself overall. She particularly enjoyed expressing her creativity by writing blogs for the company’s website. Ava believes that her diligence will open doors for future marketing opportunities and hopes to become a marketer for a large, established fashion company after graduation.

Brandon Sanchez

Brandon Ivan Sanchez of Guttenberg, NJ, is a Finance major. He has a 3.4 GPA and has earned Dean’s List since Fall 2019.

At Ramapo, Brandon has participated in several organizations and activities, including ALMA and UAA. In previous semesters he attended the ALMA National Latino Collegiate Conference Banquet which further expanded his knowledge of Latino Culture and business etiquette.

Brandon has volunteered at the North Bergen Free Public Library and works at Amazon as a fulfillment associate. “At Amazon, I am receiving hands-on-training in the logistics process that each package undergoes to reach the doorstep of a consumer. I hope to take this experience with me to a career in finance, at either Amazon, or in investment banking.”

Carla Sabbagh

Carla Sabbagh of Fort Lee, N.J. is a junior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing. She is an active member of the Armenian Students Association and volunteers in the Ramapo Community. Carla has been on Dean’s list for two years.

Carla previously held a position as a digital marketing intern at a startup company based in Manhattan, NY. Along with her professional experience in the beauty industry and her enthusiasm for fashion, she hopes to create a fashion club on campus. She looks forward to using her knowledge of social media tactics, current fashion, beauty trends, and communication skills to continue her journey as an aspiring marketing professional.

Johanna Carrasquillo

Johanna Carrasquillo of Wayne, N.J. is a Marketing major. She has a 3.6 GPA.

At Ramapo, Johanna has been active in several organizations and activities, including Alpha Sigma Alpha and Love Your Melon. She is currently the Scholarship Chairman of Alpha Sigma Alpha.

She was incredibly involved at her last school (DeSales University), acting as the treasurer of a club called Best Buddies and a chairman for the Special Olympics Committee in Eastern Pennsylvania. As a transfer student, she took as many opportunities as possible to be involved at Ramapo College and take on a leadership position. Off campus, Johanna works as a B2B Social Media Recruiter and focus group hostess for a marketing research firm Focus Crossroads in East Rutherford.

Yuliya Lukava

Yuliya Lukava of Garfield, N.J. is a Business Management major. She has a 3.975 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List since her first semester. She is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Alpha Lambda Delta.

At Ramapo, Yuliya holds the position of a Budget Analyst Intern at the office of Budget and Fiscal Planning. Off campus, she has used her fluency in multiple languages to deliver weekly tutoring sessions geared towards proficiency in English. She has also completed an internship at an attorney’s office in Clifton, N.J.
Upon her graduation she plans to continue her studies and earn a Juris Doctor degree and practice business law.

James Altinel

James Altinel of New Milford, N.J. Business Administration major with a concentration in Management. James has a 3.9 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List since his first semester. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Golden Key International Honor Society. “I’m proud to be the first person in my family to attend college.”

At Ramapo, James was previously active in Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity. This organization allowed him to gain practices with recruitment, teamwork, and leadership building. He also served as Vice President for Ramapo College’s Mathematics Club from 2018-2019.

James has worked at Barnes & Noble Inc. and CVS Pharmacy. James trains and leads new hires, and takes initiative on sales floor projects. His goals after graduation is to secure a position in the field of Human Resources focusing on talent development.



2019 Recipients

Arianna Cruickshank

Arianna Cruickshank of Edgewater, N.J. is pursuing an International Business degree with concentrations in Economics and Global Studies. Arianna has a 3.88 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List since her first semester. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and the Golden Key International Honor Society.

On campus, Arianna has volunteered as a Peer Facilitator and is a Resident Assistant for first-year students. She also has the privilege of representing students on the ASB Dean’s Student Advisory Council and serves as the Fundraising & Events Chair of the Armenian Students’ Association.

Previously, Arianna was a legislative intern for Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. in Washington, D.C., where she gave constituent tours of the U.S Capitol, conducted policy research and drafted a letter to the White House which was co-signed by 48 Members of Congress. This past summer, Arianna served as the Armenian Assembly of America Internship Program Coordinator in D.C., where she spearheaded meetings and led policy discussions between students and Members of Congress.

Arianna will begin an internship with Oasis, an organization committed to helping women and children in poverty in Paterson, N.J. in Spring 2019. With a passion for law and social justice, Arianna plans to continue her education in law school.


Lumana Shakya

Lumana Shakya is a junior majoring in Economics and minoring in Mathematics. She has consistently earned Dean’s List status with a 4.0 GPA.

For the past two years, she has represented Ramapo College at the Inter-Collegiate Fed Challenge by the Federal Reserve of New York, and last summer, she completed an FP&A internship with a local CPG company. “I plan to attend graduate school to continue my studies in Development Economics and serve my purpose by doing meaningful research within this field,” says Lumana.

She works for the Potter Library and Institutional Advancement, along with holding leadership positions in the Dance Company and the International Student Organization. Lumana has received the “Outstanding Officer Award 2019” from the Center for Student Involvement for her leadership in ISO. Recently, she founded a new dance club, Naach, for students interested in Bollywood and South Asian dance forms.


Hatice Ozen

Hatice Ozen of Paramus, N.J. is a senior Finance major with a minor in Computer Science. As a freshman, Hatice was elected as one of the first two freshmen representatives of the ASB Dean’s Student Council, where she helped improve the opportunities available to business students. She has served as a tutor, volunteer and mentor to the Ramapo community. One of her most rewarding experiences at Ramapo was her study abroad experience in Frankfurt, Germany.

Hatice has been the recipient of many honors, the most notable ones granted by JPM, Red Ventures, Citibank, and Major League Hacking. Over the summer, she interned as a technology analyst at Bank of America and will be returning as a full-time analyst after graduation.


Claudia Wetzel

“I’m so thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had at Ramapo and grateful for my parents, professors, staff and mentors who have helped me along the way,” says Claudia Wetzel of Blairstown, N.J.

Claudia is a Business Administration Major with a Management concentration and a minor in Psychology. She has a 3.9 GPA. Among her many accomplishments she received the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III Scholars of Distinction Award.

At Ramapo, Claudia is student manager of the Civic and Community Engagement Center, and a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee as well as Alpha Phi Omega. She also promotes civic engagement and voter registration efforts on campus as a Team Leader for the Andrew Goodman Foundation.



2017 Recipient

Peter DeLuca

Peter DeLuca is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Management.


2016 Recipient

Julianne Dinice

Julianne Dinice of Ridgewood, NJ is a Communications major with a concentration in Global Communication and Media. She has a 3.85 GPA.

Julianne has held multiple internship positions in the field of marketing, branding, and social media, where she has gained knowledge of different aspects of the marketing field. She looks forward to securing a position in the field of marketing upon graduation.



2015 Recipient

Scott Ruel

Scott Ruel of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., is majoring in visual arts, with a concentration in photography. He has a 3.56 grade point average.
He particularly enjoys photographing cars and works mainly in digital photography. Scott holds a position as a member of a marketing team for a group of car dealerships. He hopes to secure a position as a staff photographer for an automotive magazine or a car manufacturer.



2014 Recipient

Ryan Jockel

Ryan Jockel of Park Ridge, NJ is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing.  He carries a minor in Information Technology Management.  Ryan has earned a 3.47 grade point average.


2013 Recipients

Melissa Tavares

Melissa Tavares, from Kinnelon, NJ is a Biology major. She is an executive board member of the Ramapo College Honors Program and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She looks forward to continuing her education at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where she will study to become a physician assistant. Melissa has a 3.91 grade point average.

This scholarship will contribute to the funds necessary to achieve my goal of becoming a Physician Assistant.

Melissa Ciandella

Melissa Ciandella of Maywood, NJ is a Biochemistry major. She has been involved in the College Honors Program, TAS Honors Research Symposium, and the NSCS Honor Society. Melissa serves as secretary of the History Club and the vice president of the College’s chapter of the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. She works as a student aide and tutor at Ramapo. Melissa applied for a summer undergrad research program, RISE, at Rutgers/UMDNJ. She says, “This scholarship will help me to afford my education at Ramapo, and will allow me to focus more time on pursuing my goal of dental school.” Melissa has a 3.70 grade point average.



2012 Recipient

Anthony Darakjy

Anthony Darakjy of Wyckoff, NJ is an Accounting major and an International Business minor. This spring, Anthony participated in the China Immersion Experience, which took him to Beijing, Shanghai and rural China. He believes the experience will help him to become a better student and businessperson. Anthony is a Student Trustee of the College’s Student Government Association, serves on ASB’s Dean’s Student Council Advisory Board, is a Student Ambassador, co-founder of Building Tomorrow and a member of the Accounting and Finance Clubs. He has completed internships at Bank of America and Aegis Insurance Services. His community service activities include the College’s Leaders in Service Program and SIFE. Anthony has a 3.96 grade point average.



2011 Recipient

Jericho Kayne

Jericho Kayne of High Bridge, NJ has a double major: Business Administration with a concentration in Management, and Psychology. She is president and treasurer of Psi Chi, a member of The International Honor Society in Psychology, vice president of the Residence Hall Council, fundraising chair and junior advisor of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, a student advisor on the Dean’s Student Advisory Board, and a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society for Business and a member of The Society of Human Resource Management. Completing an internship in the Human Resources’ Talent Development Department of New York Life Insurance helped Jericho to refine her career goals. She believes her double major will prepare her for a career in corporate talent development. Jericho has a 3.95 grade point average.


2010 Recipient

Mihail Velikov

Bulgarian native Mihail Velikov is a junior at Ramapo and has earned an outstanding 4.00 grade point average. He is majoring in business administration with a concentration in finance. Mihail is president of the Math Club and is a member of the ASB Student Advisory Board. He also is the student representative to the Investment Committee of the Ramapo College Foundation Board. He is a member of the soccer team and works on campus in the Bill Bradley Recreation Center.



2009 Recipient

Matthew Letinski

Matthew Letinski is from Dayton, New Jersey and is in his junior year at Ramapo. Matthew is majoring in business administration with a concentration in finance, and has earned a 3.57 grade point average. He has worked at Pearson Education as a finance and accounting intern, and at Wachovia Bank. He is currently working in a cooperative education experience as a financial analyst at UPS. On campus Matthew is a member of the Student Government Association, Ramapo College Republicans, and is the alternate student representative to the Board of Trustees.



Year Recipient

Scott Ruel

Scott Ruel of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., is majoring in visual arts, with a concentration in photography. He has a 3.56 grade point average.
He particularly enjoys photographing cars and works mainly in digital photography. Scott holds a position as a member of a marketing team for a group of car dealerships. He hopes to secure a position as a staff photographer for an automotive magazine or a car manufacturer.


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