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Heather Hemphill ’05 was an active member of the Ramapo College Emergency Medical Squad starting in her freshman year in Spring 2002. She served as the Squad’s Assistant Chief from the Fall of 2003 until her graduation in the Spring of 2005. Heather and her family created this award in 2006 to recognize student emergency medical technicians who demonstrate a similar commitment to Ramapo.

  • Candidates must be a certified EMT
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Applicants must attach an essay describing their experience as an EMT, why they are deserving of this scholarship and their career goals
  • Recipient is selected by an outside committee

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2019 Recipient

The recipient wishes to remain anonymous.


2018 Recipient

Jamie Anne Anderson

Jamie Anne Anderson of Cliffside Park, N.J. is a Nursing student and has a 3.5 GPA.

Last year Jamie was the Roadrunners Women’s Basketball Team Manager where she became the team’s statistician, videotaped games and organized practices. This year she joined the Ramapo Nursing Student Organization and the Nutrition and Fitness Club.

As a certified EMT, Jamie volunteers at the Mahwah and Fairview Centers, and works weekends in Cliffside Park. “I’m proud of all I’ve accomplished so far at Ramapo, especially earning a spot on the Dean’s List while continuing to volunteer.” She is looking forward to studying abroad in Ghana in Summer 2018.

“I plan to specialize in trauma and emergency nursing, perhaps with the US Army or with Doctors without Borders.”



2017 Recipient

Austin Miller

Austin Miller is a junior Biochemistry major with a 3.56 GPA. He has earned Dean’s List and is a part of the College Honors Program.

At Ramapo, Austin has served as Resident Assistant for first-year students, helping to ease their transition to college, and is currently serving upperclassmen.

Off campus, Austin has extensive experience as an EMT, being employed by a private service, in addition to qualifying as a Top Responder and serving as Lieutenant of his local EMS squad for multiple years. He is also currently employed as a Pharmacy Technician at a local pharmacy.  After graduating, Austin plans on studying pharmacy in pursuit of becoming a licensed pharmacist in a hospital or specialized setting.



2016 Recipient

MaryKate Kubler

MaryKate Kubler of Hackensack, NJ is a Biology major with a 3.96 GPA.  She was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society and is a member of the pre-med and biology club.

MaryKate has been a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for over three years and currently works as an athletic trainer student aide at Ramapo. She has shadowed physician assistants in gastroenterology, neonatal care and flight medicine. She also shadowed a trauma surgeon and completed an International Trauma Life Support course for EMTs. Her goal is to become a physician assistant and work in a trauma center.



2015 Recipient

Richard Apramian

Rich Apramian of Old Tappan, N.J. is a biology major/psychology minor on the pre-medical track. He has a 3.80 grade point average. Rich received the “Outstanding Leadership by a First-Year Student” award. He also was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key International Honour Society.

At Ramapo, Rich has been active in several organizations and activities, including Phi Delta Epsilon (the International Pre-medical fraternity), the Student Government Association, and the First Responders Club. (Rich is a Resident Assistant, the Secretary of the First Responders Club, Secretary of the Biology Club, and the Theoretical and Applied Science Senator for the Student Government Association.)

Rich also has been involved in off-campus activities and organizations, including being a volunteer emergency medical technician for the Old Tappan Volunteer First Aid Corps, and an emergency room volunteer at Hackensack University Medical Center as Pascack Valley.



2014 Recipient

Alicia Miller

Alicia Miller of Mahwah, NJ is a Biochemistry major. Her interest in medicine was sparked ten years ago when she was beset by a major illness doctors could not diagnose. She decided then to pursue a career as a physician so that she could “make a positive contribution to people’s lives the way that the best doctors did for me.” At 16, she became a state-certified EMT. She serves on the Mahwah squad and is proud to have been elected first lieutenant, the youngest officer in the squad’s history and second in-command of more than 60 members. Last summer, Alicia completed an internship at Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science as a lab assistant. On campus, she is a peer facilitator for first-year students and has conducted research as part of the TAS Honors Program. Alicia serves as president of Phi Lambda Upsilon and ASBMS Undergraduate Biochemistry Network and vice president of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club. She is also an Honors Executive Board member. “I plan on taking an active role within my community through clinic work or by developing supportive organizations for the underprivileged,” she said. Alicia has a 3.64 grade point average.



2013 Recipient

Steven Kelly

Steven Kelly of Fords, NJ is a Biology major with a 3.58 grade point average. He is involved in a number of volunteer activities, but his favorite is serving as an EMT. He is a member of the Mahwah Ambulance and Rescue Squad and the Woodbridge Township EMS. His first call, also his first as a certified EMT, was to a youth football game where he helped to secure an injured player to a backboard. That first call gave him the determination to improve his skills with each emergency call. At Ramapo Steven is a member of the Pre-Med/Pre-Health Club. He was named to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Students. Steven hopes to use his EMT experience as a source of confidence when he continues his education to become a doctor of osteopathic medicine.



2012 Recipient

Paula Bohan

Paula Bohan is a junior from Williston Park, NY; a Biology major and an experienced EMT. Paula has a wide range of interests that have included lab assistant for microbiology research projects, working with the Ramapo College EMS, playing the piano and viola each for nine years and working as a certified lifeguard. Paula plans to continue her education in the helping professions by earning a graduate degree in a health related area. Paula continues to work with the ambulance service in her home town when she is there over the summer, and will become affiliated with the local service that now covers the Ramapo campus.



2011 Recipient

Christopher McKenna

Christopher McKenna of Hackensack, NJ is a Liberal Studies major who is focusing on peace and human rights. He is employed as a paramedic and volunteers for Ramapo’s EMS squad. He recently became lieutenant of training and, as such, organizes drills, helps new members and trains probationary and qualified probationary members for active status. Christopher is a member of the Civil Air Patrol, the USAF Auxiliary and the Anthropology Club. He can speak French, Arabic and Bislama, and he plans to attend graduate school in Europe and obtain a master’s degree in Human Rights. His ideal position is one with the United Nations. Christopher, who is a junior and has a 3.24 grade point average, says, “While I know my chosen career will take me to the far fringes of civilization, I will carry both the knowledge I have gained from Ramapo College and EMS with me and use it to continue to make a difference in peoples’ lives.”

I am looking at study abroad this summer and also at grad schools and this scholarship will help me fund both.


2010 Recipient

Larisa Kolmykova

Larisa Kolmykova of River Edge, NJ is a Nursing major who has earned a 3.26 grade point average. Being a member of Ramapo College EMS has helped her grow as a leader and an individual. She “rides” at least 16 hours a week for Ramapo and serves two other volunteer ambulance squads in the area. Larisa also works as an emergency room nursing assistant at a hospital. “EMS strengthened my choice of becoming an emergency room nurse by teaching me how to make quick decisions without hesitating or faltering, and made me more passionate about a future emergency-related profession,” she says.

This scholarship and EMS has prepared me for my future. I have become more confident and improved my leadership skills, which has better prepared me to begin my career as a nurse.


2009 Recipient

Jonathan Helmstetter

Senior Jonathan Helmstetter is from Union, New Jersey. He is an accounting major with a minor in information systems. Jon has earned a 3.72 grade point average. He has been a member of the Ramapo College EMS (RCEMS) since 2006, and has served as the group’s treasurer, and former chief, and currently serves as deputy chief and chief of administration. Jon has been an EMT for the Paramus Ambulance Corps, and the Union Emergency Medical Unit, where he currently serves as training lieutenant. For the past five summers Jon has also worked as the assistant manager of the Nomahegan Swim Club. Since January he has put his accounting education to good use working as a special agent student trainee for the U.S. Treasury Department. “Part of working in law enforcement is making decisions under pressure which is something that RCEMS has given back to me,” Jon says.


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