R and N Family Scholarship
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The intent of the R and N Family Scholarship is to benefit Ramapo College students who are involved in their communities and who have financial need. The R and N Scholarship is an endowed award that was started in 2008 by Robert and Nancy Kossowsky, whose son Jacob graduated in 2010 with a degree in law and society. Their impetus for this award was to honor their son’s positive experience at Ramapo, while recognizing involved students.
- For students with financial need who are involved in their community
- Applicants must submit an essay describing their educational goals, community service activities and why they are an important aspect of their life
As Ramapo College’s first Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship recipient and the first Degree Completion Program (DCP) student to study abroad, Patrice Lenowitz received college credits to travel to Cusco, Peru, over the winter 2020 term. There, she studied climate change and the significance of protecting indigenous women farmers. Immersed in Peruvian history, culture and food, she explored the 15th century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, learned salsa in Cusco, and trekked 17,000 feet above sea level to reach the top of Rainbow Mountain.
Outside of school, Patrice has been involved in activities and organizations serving the greater community for over a decade, including founding The Nurtured Parent, a free weekly support group for survivors of domestic abuse. Her passion and leadership have led to new child protection laws and victim’s rights legislation amendments. Her two most recent accomplishments signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy include Erin’s Law, K-12th grade safe touch education that will go into effect for the 2020/2021 academic year, and a landmark victim compensation bill (S498/A3391) that will increase the legal assistance benefit for crime victims from $3,000 to $10,000, paid through the New Jersey Victims of Crime Compensation Office beginning August 2020.
As a first-generation graduate of Ramapo College, Patrice is considering law school, for she is determined to create a trauma informed, trauma responsive, and trauma preventative New Jersey.
She is from Woodcliff Lake, N.J. and a Professional Communications major. She has a 3.8 GPA.
Amy Jaglowski of Dunellen, N.J. is a Nursing major. She has a 3.61 GPA, is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, and is a Dean’s Scholarship recipient.
At Ramapo, Amy is active in Leaders in Service, S.A.I.L., the Nursing Student Organization, Ramapo Readers and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. She works off campus as the head counselor at a youth theater camp, serving as a teacher and stage manager. Upon graduating from Ramapo College with a BSN, she plans to attend graduate school to earn an MSN.
Jamie Anne Anderson
Jamie Anne Anderson of Cliffside Park, N.J. is in her final year of Nursing school. The senior holds a 3.4 GPA, is on the Dean’s List, and is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor society. She is also an active member of the Nursing Student Organization and was the team manager for the Ramapo Women’s Basketball Team.
Outside of school, Jaime volunteers as an EMT at Fairview Emergency Response and Mahwah Emergency Medical Services. During the week, she works at Pulse Transport, and on the weekends, she works as an EMT for Cliffside Park Emergency Medical Services.
Jamie has also worked as a student nurse in the critical care unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital. After Ramapo, she plans to pursue a nursing career in the military, attain her Masters of Science in Nursing, and hopefully travel and work with Doctors Without Borders.
Nicole Cebulko of Oceanport, N.J. is a Nursing major. She is a transfer student from University of Rhode Island where she earned a 4.0 GPA and was on Dean’s List each semester. She plans to get her Masters in Neonatal Nursing.
She has quickly gotten involved at Ramapo, and been a part of Leaders in Service, RASA Student Ambassadors and 4GottenSuitcase, the A Cappella group. Off campus, she volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and MEVO as well as South County Hospital last spring. In her free time she loves yoga and hiking at nearby Ramapo Reservation.
“In my remaining time at Ramapo, I hope to become more of a leader on campus and make small impacts on people’s lives every day with random acts of kindness.”
Sydney Elizabeth Casale of Nutley, N.J. is a Biology major, concentrating in the PA program, with a Neuroscience minor. She has a 3.1 GPA and is on the Dean’s List.
Sydney founded Alpha Sigma Alpha on campus, and she is also part of the Sports Information Department and Financial Aid Department. She continuously volunteers at Mountainside Hospital, Brighton Gardens Assisted Living Facility, and Wesley Method Church Soup Kitchen. “I spend most of my free time volunteering because I feel an overwhelming need to always help people”.
Sydney plans on enlisting in the military as a medic, and afterwards, she hopes to work in a clinic or with veterans.
Carlie Flynn of Ramsey, N.J. is Psychology major with minors in Neuroscience and Women & Gender studies. She has a 3.7 GPA and is a member of Psi Chi Honor Society and Golden Key International Honor Society.
Carlie is proud to have participated in two of Ramapo’s alternative breaks: the 2017 spring break trip to Asheville, North Carolina and the 2018 winter break trip to Ghana. She is currently conducting research on campus and hopes to one day become a clinical child psychologist while researching pain perception.
Patrice Lenowitz of Woodcliff Lake, N.J. is a junior majoring in Contemporary Arts/Professional Communications in the accelerated degree program. She has a 4.0 GPA. She came to Ramapo with an Honors and PTK associate’s degree from Bergen Community College.
Patrice has been involved in activities serving the greater community for over a decade, including founding The Nurtured Parent, a free weekly support group for survivors of domestic abuse. She has served as the domestic violence and human trafficking community educator at the Center for Hope and Safety, and has presented on the topics of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking at Ramapo.
Patrice is a domestic violence survivor, victims’ rights advocate, activist, public speaker and playwright. In 2018 her co-authoring play titled Forbidden to Protect debuted in Albany, N.Y. to rave reviews. Of paramount importance to her work is advocating for victims’ rights, and to unravel why our courts routinely fail the most vulnerable in our society, women and children in crisis seeking a life free from abuse. Her passion and leadership have led to new child protection legislation in N.J.
“My goal is to become a great change activist, ensuring that the rights, safety, health and well-being of our nation’s women and children become our top priority in law and society.”
Rodrigo Cardenas Jr.
“I was inspired by my father, who raised my sister and me as a single father, to pursue Social Work as a profession,” says Rodrigo Cardenas Jr. of Closter, N.J. “My hope is to affect change, fight for those who can’t fight for themselves, and try to make the world a better place.”
Rodrigo is an intramural referee for the Athletics Department on campus. He interned at La Salud Hispana, providing instructional and educational activities designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and mental well-being to non-English speaking immigrants. He also worked as a camp leader at the Bergen Family Center in Englewood, guiding campers to develop leadership, decision making and problem solving skills.
To pursue her passion of helping others, Kaetlynn Ayala of Lodi, N.J. is a Social Work major. She earned an Associate’s Degree from Bergen Community College and was fortunately able to transfer with a Merit Scholarship due to her high academic achievement. She recently interned at Bergen County Board of Social Services where she was exposed to welfare programs. “This experience ultimately sealed my interest in working with those in need.”
Kaetlynn has been a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician at the Lodi Ambulance Corps for 4 years, where she also currently serves as the youngest President of the organization. She has also been a Big Sister for over a year with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. “At the end of each day, I hope that I may have somehow made an impact on someone’s life.”
Marie Caufield of Wantage, NJ is a Social Work major. She has a 3.85 GPA. She has been on the Dean’s List for consecutive semesters, is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, in the top 15% of her school, and is a Phi Alpha Honor Society member. She has been accepted to both NYU and Ramapo’s advanced standing MSW programs for Fall 2017. She wants to work in mental health and is well on her way to achieving her goals. As a single mother she is staying strong and doing everything she can to provide her daughter with a great future.
She is the Project Coordinator at Jersey Cares and Transition Professionals.
“I am proud of the growth that I have undergone during my time at Ramapo and hope to have a career as an attorney and help fund the education of students like myself in the future,” said Candace Beboe of Jersey City, NJ. She’s active in the Student Government Association, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority on campus. “In the positions I’ve held with these groups I’ve become a better leader and friend to my peers,” she added.
Candace has also been involved in off-campus organizations, including New City Kids, actively participating through their alumni base.
She has a 3.82 GPA and has been on the Dean’s list since her freshman year.
“I have always had a passion for working with animals and children, and plan to center my future around helping those who are in need,” says Psychology major Marina Javras. Her future plans include continuing her education in graduate school to further her understanding in the field of Psychology.
Marina volunteers with the Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization, Tevaland and Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge. She also works as a part time daycare worker at a fitness center.
She has maintained at 3.57 GPA and continuous academic standing on the Dean’s List. Marina is from Midland Park, NJ.
This spring, Rachel Lubitz will attend the Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference where she will present her research on the Human Papillomavirus vaccine. The Nursing major has a 3.75 GPA, and is a member of the Executive Board for the Honors Program.
“I’m very involved in my favorite department on campus, which is Residence Life,” says Rachel. She is a Resident Assistant in Overlook Hall, a Desk Attendant in all of the residence halls, and Office Assistant for the Office of Residence Life. She is also an active member of the Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassadors.
After graduation, she hopes to become a traveling nurse, focusing on public health. She dreams to ultimately work at the United Nations where she will have a voice in advocating for better living standards and human rights.
Rachel is from East Brunswick, NJ.
Dayra Cerda of Passaic, NJ is a Business Administration major, concentrating in Marketing with a minor in International Business. She has a 3.2 GPA. Dayra was inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society.
At Ramapo, Dayra is a Resident Assistant, Peer Facilitator and the secretary of the Association of Latinos Moving Ahead.
Dayra is proud to be the first person in her family to pursue a bachelor’s degree and hopes to earn her masters in Higher Education.
Amanda Goritski of Newton, NJ is a Social Work major with a minor in Psychology.
She has a 3.9 GPA. She is an active member of Phi Alpha Honor Society and a Golden Key member.
Amanda has also been involved in community education with Ginnie’s House Child Advocacy Center, a non-profit center that assists victims of child abuse. She also volunteers for her children’s sports teams.
“As a social worker I hope to change the lives of many children and help guide them away from the mistakes I made. I hope to run a group home for lost, unwanted and orphaned children. I want the group home to be their home until they get their lives together. I want to change the ways of aging out of the foster care system because it is truly awful and sad what some of the children go through after being left and neglected by their own families. I have so many hopes and goals for my future that I never had before I was accepted at Ramapo. I may not be able to save the world but I know I am going to try.”
Cheryle Nunez of Westwood, NJ is a Social Science Major in the adult degree completion program.
Cheryle has been involved the Diabetes Foundation and the St. Jude’s Foundation, and is a leader in the youth group at her church.
Tammy Smith of Fair Lawn, NJ is a Social Work major. She has a 3.96 GPA. She was awarded the 2015 NASW Harriet Bloomfield Memorial Scholarship and the 2015 CSWE BSW Student Travel Scholarship Award for her academic achievements in social work. She was awarded the 2014 and 2015 Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary Continuing Education Scholarship.
At Ramapo, Tammy has been active in several organizations and activities, including the Social Work Club, where she recently served as vice-president.
Tammy has also been involved in off-campus activities and organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors for NAMI Bergen County and on the town of Fair Lawn’s Stigma-Free Task Force.
Tamar Montilus of Hillsborough, N.J., is a nursing major. A returning adult student, Tamar believes that helping those in need leads to a satisfying life. She said education has the power to transform lives and allows her the ability to change the lives of the patients she serves. Tamar has volunteered in the hospice unit at the Veteran’s Hospital in Lyons, N.J. She also helped organize a clothing drive for children in a Haitian village.
Donna Elazar of Fair Lawn, N.J. is a psychology major and an environmental studies minor. She also completed the requirements for the Business Essentials Certificate. She was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society. Donna has a 3.91grade point average.
At Ramapo, Donna has served in a variety of leadership positions in Alpha Phi Omega, the National Service Fraternity. She is vice president of the Yoga Club and volunteers with the Civic and Community Engagement Center. She is a student ambassador and has worked as a tutor and a peer facilitator. Donna works as a student aide in the campus library.
Donna’s plans are to help others lead happier, healthier lives through yoga, meditation, psychology and nutrition.
Colleen Jones of Cranford, N.J. is a nursing major. She has a 3.504 grade point average.
At Ramapo, Colleen has been active in several organizations and activities, including the Nursing Student Organization and Relay for Life. She also is an active member of Sigma Delta Tau where she served as the Vice President of Scholarship for the 2014-2015 terms.
Colleen has also been involved in off –campus activities, including teaching special needs children how to swim at Children’s Specialized Hospital, volunteering with the Girl Scouts of Washington Rock Council and teaching handicapped individuals how to fish with the Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club.
Diane Madsen of Sparta, N.J., is a social sciences major in the College’s degree completion program. She has a 3.87 grade point average. Diane was inducted into the Golden Key Honour Society.
Off campus, Diane is a group home manager with Sussex County Arc of N. J. She is proud of having facilitated the county’s first Overdose Awareness Day in 2013.
Diane plans to pursue a master’s in social work.
Martin Noah of Vernon, NJ is a Social Science major. “Almost every aspect of my life for the past 10 years has been in the service of others or working towards it,” he said. He has done mission work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi and is a manager at SCARC, Inc., a nonprofit organization that assists the developmentally disabled. He is proud to have been named Employee of the Month in February, 2012. Martin is also a manager of his church’s Board of Trustees. Martin said this scholarship has renewed his passion, encouraged his motivation and solidified his commitment. He quotes Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher to describe his outlook on life, “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” Martin has a 3.92 grade point average.
Kelsey Kozak of Rutherford, NJ is a Social Science major with a concentration in Mental Health. She describes her immigrant father who died in 2008 as “an inspiration, a role model, a best friend, and most importantly, my one and only irreplaceable dad.” Kelsey wondered if she would be able to attend college because her family lived a sparse life. At Ramapo College, she decided to seek out every opportunity to make her life better. Kelsey is proud that she will be the first member of her family to graduate from college. “My past endeavors have inspired me to go into the helping and educational counseling profession,” she said. “Higher Education Administration is a field that I am determined to pursue in graduate school.” Kelsey has a 3.31 grade point average.
Allison Gutworth of Colonia, NJ is a Sociology major and an Information Technology Management minor. She completed the requirements of the Business Essentials Certificate. Allison is proud of her internship with the Woodbridge Township Department of Health and Human Services in which she drafted a federal grant, created informational brochures and compiled a list of resources for underserved populations. She said the internship allowed her to contribute to a purpose greater than myself. “Not only did I grow professionally, but I was able to interact with members of the community and better understand the populations within my area,” she added. Allison is a student research assistant in SSHS and compiled a database of over 150 journal articles on violence prevention and edited an international textbook. She is a member of Hillel, the Sociology & Criminology Club and the Residence Hall Association. Allison also serves on the College’s Judicial Board and off campus is a volunteer for the Girls Scouts of Northern Valley, the EOF Pen Pal Program in which she corresponds with a fifth grader and participates in an annual carnival for adults who are physically and mentally disabled. She has 4.00 grade point average.
Receiving this scholarship is an honor which will help me further pursue my academic and professional goals. I hope to pass onto others the opportunities I have gratefully received.
Aleksandar Mojsoski of Garfield, NJ is a Finance major and an Accounting minor. Aleksandar came to the United States at the age of 21 from the Republic of Macedonia. At his first job he barely had enough to cover the cost of rent and food. There were days he drank as much of the free soda he was allowed at work to fill his stomach. He used the last of his money to move to northern New Jersey and put his dreams to obtain a college degree on hold and worked two jobs to support himself. He enrolled at a community college so he would be able to take night classes and maintain his two jobs. The adult learner transferred to Ramapo and plans to graduate in January 2013. Aleksandar says, “Being relatively new in this country has not only offered financial and academic challenges, but has made me appreciate the value of a college education.” Aleksandar, who has a 3.88 grade point average, plans to sit for the CPA. He would also like to attend graduate school.
Hannah Morrow of Kinnelon, NJ is a Biochemistry major. As a teenager she was diagnosed with a chronic disorder from which, she says “I emerged with more strength, determination and faith than I could ever imagine.” She entered the workforce after high school and earned an associate’s degree at a community college. Hannah has admiration for the physical therapists who helped her and plans on becoming one to help others. Hannah volunteers at an animal shelter, a hospital and works with children who have cerebral palsy. She a member of Ramapo’s Biology Club. Hannah is particularly proud of being the recipient of a scholarship awarded by the American Association of University Women.
Jared Washington of Roselle, NJ is majoring in Psychology and minoring in African-American Studies. His goal is to become a teacher and, when he graduates, to apply to Teach For America, a national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools. Jared has participated in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a violence prevention program, a clean-up at a slave cemetery in Mahwah and feeding the homeless at the Newark Rescue Mission. Jared, who has a 3.16 grade point average, wants to continue his education and earn a master’s degree so that he may become a school principal and work in an underserved district.
The scholarship I received will prepare me for the future because I will understand that I will be able to achieve anything as long as I work hard and stay determined.
Marisabel Rios of Ellenville, NY is a Spanish major who is pursuing certification in elementary education. She is determined to become an educator because as a teaching assistant, she has dealt with the issues children face: hunger, poverty and fear of acceptance from peers and teachers. Marisabel is committed to encouraging each child so they believe they can become the best they can. Marisabel graduated from a community college and now at Ramapo, she is a member of the Spanish Club and Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish National Honor Society. A wife, mother and student, she is grateful for the support of her husband and the scholarship so that she can pursue her aspirations. Marisabel has a 3.11 grade point average.
Miranda Wyatt is a Literature major with a concentration in Creative Writing. The senior is surprised by how quickly college life has passed. “Through hard work, determination and perseverance, I have completed seven-eighths of my college education, all while working two part-time jobs, experiencing two internships and maintaining a consecutive 3.5 GPA,” Miranda says. In addition to work and classes, Miranda is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, the Rho Alpha Sigma Honor Society, and is active in Suicide Awareness Programs. Miranda is from Mahwah, NJ.
Brielle Crowe is a sophomore psychology major from Hawthorne, New Jersey who plans to teach at the elementary level. She earned a 3.76 grade point average and has been named to the Dean’s List every semester. Brielle has volunteered in several children’s education programs, and is also active in Future Educators of America, Ramapo’s First Year Experience, the freshman caucus, and the Student Government Association. She is a member of the Dance Club and the Psychology Coalition.
Being the first in my family to go college, and then to receive a scholarship is a great honor, knowing that this helps me be a
step closer to reaching my dreams and becoming a teacher makes me very thankful.
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