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Deborah was born in White Plains, New York. She was passionate about education and was regarded by many as environmentally conscientious. Working at the Meadowlands Environment Center allowed her to combine her two passions: education and the environment.

Deborah received great joy from teaching young children about the environment and the many ways to preserve it. She often spoke warmly of the joy on the children’s faces while exploring and discovering the site and the many natural beauties of the environment.

Deborah was an integral part of a team of educators at the Meadowlands who developed, implemented, and field-tested programs for people with disabilities that were so successful that they became national models.

This scholarship is set up to fund an undergraduate student working towards a degree in Education. Students must emulate Deborah’s core values of compassion and integrity.

The essay required for the application must address the importance of your education, and how you will use it to help others.


  • An Education major who has a strong interest in the environment
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • Commitment to helping others through community service
  • Must have worked or be working an on or off campus job, showing a personal commitment to financing their education.
  • Financial need for those students caught in the middle and not receiving any college aid
  • A letter of recommendation is required

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2020 Recipient

Gabrielle Sakowski

Gabrielle Sakowski from Freehold, N.J. is an Environmental Science major. She has a 3.2 GPA.
At Ramapo, Gabrielle has been active on campus as part of the College Honors Program and 1STEP Environmental Club, where she plans to run for an E-board position. For Leaders in Service, she is a Peer Mentor.
She is a member of St. Catherine’s youth group and often participates in community service events. She also works at her local food store, Delicious Orchards, and is a waitress at Panini Grill in Freehold. “I am saving up with the hope to study abroad, and eventually graduate with an Environmental Science degree.”

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