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Dr. Edward Saiff has been a member of the Ramapo faculty in the School of Theoretical and Applied Science since 1972 and currently serves as Dean of the School of Theoretical and Applied Science. Mrs. Roberta Saiff joined the College staff in 1983, working in the School of Social Science and Human Services, the Office of the President, the Office of Human Resources, Institutional Advancement, the Graduation Office and the Middle States Assessment Office.

In addition to their commitment to their work at Ramapo, the Saiffs are active in campus life. Dr. Saiff has served as president of the Faculty Assembly and has taken a leadership role with the campus chapter of the American Federation of Teachers Union. Mrs. Saiff is a volunteer at the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts. Both have been active participants on many campus committees and have been generous contributors to a number of causes on campus, from scholarships to the Annual Fund. In addition, as part of a major capital contribution, the TAS Dean’s Suite will be named the Edward and Roberta Saiff Dean’s Suite in honor of their ongoing generosity, involvement in the college’s history and dedication to Ramapo’s mission and goals.

The intent of the Saiff Family Scholarship is to recognize a junior or senior who shares a similar commitment and involvement in campus life.

 

  • For students actively involved in leadership positions in campus extracurricular activities
  • Junior or senior status
  • Graduates of New Jersey high schools
  • 3.00 GPA or higher
  • Recipient chosen by the Office of Student Affairs

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2020 Recipients

Hannah Arp

“You make time for the things you find important,” says Hannah Arp. Hannah is a senior Elementary Education major. She was awarded with ‘Outstanding Leadership by a Sophomore” in Spring 2018 and “Outstanding Leadership by a Junior” in Spring 2019.

Hannah is the Student Assistant Resident of Mackin Hall, President of Sigma Delta Tau sorority and the President of the Rho Alpha Sigma honor society. Additionally, she is a member of Kappa Delta Pi Educational national honor society and Chi Alpha Epsilon honor society.

Hannah was selected to represent Sigma Delta Tau’s northern region on the 2019/2020 Collegiate Leadership Team, a prestigious position only granted to ten undergraduate sisters throughout the nation.

She is from Lodi, N.J.

Ryan Greff

Ryan Greff is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Information Technology. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Golden Key International Honour Society. Ryan is also an Eagle Scout and is Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 53.

In 2019, Ryan was invited to join the New Jersey Business Administration Association. Only the top 1% of business school students at their respective collegiate institutions are invited to join this prestigious statewide honor society. He is also a recipient of the Congressional Award.

Previously, Ryan served two terms in the Student Government Senate and was a member of the Library Learning Commons Task force to oversee stages of the $40,000,000 Learning Commons Project. He has also served on the President’s Committee for Campus Sustainability, where he worked to advance environmental stewardship across campus.

He lives in Fair Lawn, N.J. and currently has a 4.0 GPA. After college, Ryan hopes to secure a job in finance.



2019 Recipients

Caleb Herbst

Caleb Herbst is a junior Political Science major with minors in Public Policy and Psychology.  He is dedicated to children’s issues, currently working as an advocate for the Partnership for America’s Children and as an elected trustee on the River Edge Board of Education.

Caleb is very involved on campus.  Caleb serves as the undergraduate member at-large on the President’s Advisory Council, the chair of the School of Humanities and Global Studies (HGS) Dean’s Advisory Council, and the HGS school senator in the Student Government Association.  He is also a student member of the College’s Academic Integrity Board, a Peer Facilitator for the Honors program, and an alumnus of the Leaders in Service program.

Caleb is leader in many clubs, organizations, and honor societies on campus.  He has served as the president of Tau Delta Phi fraternity, the president of Democracy Matters, and the secretary of the Philosophy Club.  He is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta First Year Honor Society, Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, and serves as the secretary of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society.


Stephan Lally

“I am most proud of forming the Student Relief Fund and Ramapo College Food Pantry, which is now institutionalized as a part of the WeCare Program. The effort took almost two years of planning, but to see it all come to fruition has made the effort I put in worthwhile,” says Stephan Lally, who is serving in his second year as Student Government President . Stephan is a Political Science Major with a minor in Public Policy. He has 3.2 GPA.

Stephan has also served as a policy intern in the Joint Legislative Offices of Senator Vitale, Speaker Coughlin, and Assemblywoman Lopez in the 19th Legislative District, and is currently serving a one-year term on the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority.  He also has an on campus job in the Office of Governmental Relations.

 “My passion for helping my fellow man has guided my decision to major in political science so I can pursue a career in public service post-graduation. I truly believe good, impactful public policy is the only way to create more equitable society.”

Stephan is from Woodbridge, N.J.



2018 Recipients

Megan Quinlan

Megan Quinlan of Sayreville, N.J. is an Accounting major.  She has a 3.924 GPA.  Megan was just inducted into Rho Alpha Sigma Honor Society for Resident Assistants and received an Outstanding Leadership by a sophomore award for 2017.

Megan is heavily involved on-campus and holds several positions including Resident Assistant, Peer Facilitator, and Audit Intern in the Office of the President.  She is also an on-campus Representative for Roger CPA Review and involved in Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority and Sophomores Advancing in Leadership.

During the summer of 2017, Megan studied abroad at the University College Dublin and also interned for Deloitte Ireland.  She will be interning for Deloitte again next summer in their Princeton, N.J. office.  She is an aspiring CPA and hopes one day to receive the chance to be able to work abroad again.  “I hope to one day have the opportunity to provide scholarships, and help Ramapo students follow their dreams.”


Michael Stellitano

Michael Stellitano of Northfield, N.J. is a junior Environmental Science major with a minor in Public Policy. He has a 3.7 GPA and is a member of both the Honors College and the Alpha Lambda Delta academic honors society.

Michael has several leadership roles on campus, including President of Newman Catholic Club and President of his fraternity, Phi Kappa Sigma. He is also the Vice President of Ramapo’s Inter-Fraternal Council (IFC). “Between these organizations, I’ve been successful at leading events that have raised over $2,000 for various charities, and have engaged in hundreds of hours of community service at Ramapo.”  He also plays lacrosse for the College’s club lacrosse team.

Michael canvassed the 2016 election for the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization, and has spent hundreds of hours of community service through his church youth group.



2017 Recipients

Rich Apramian

“Medicine has helped to shape me into who I am today, and this scholarship will help me in my plan to continue service through medicine,” said Rich Apramian of Old Tappan, NJ.  Rich is a Biology major on the Pre-Medical Track with a minor in Criminology. He has a 3.68 GPA.  He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Omicron Delta Kappa – the National Leadership Honor Society, and is in the Theoretical and Applied Science Research Honors Program.

At Ramapo, Rich has served in several roles in the Student Government Association, as well as President of the First Responders Club.  He is also the Secretary of the Biology Club.

Rich has also been involved in off–campus activities and organizations, including being a volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT), and Emergency Room Volunteer at Hackensack UMC at Pascack Valley. Rich just entered his second term serving as Lieutenant of his Volunteer Emergency Squad.


Erin McKenna

Erin McKenna is President of the Student Government Association, where she also served as Vice President.  “During my time as Vice President, I got to work with students who were interested in improving the college through creating new clubs,” said Erin.  Last year, she helped form 15 new campus organizations.  She is also a Peer Facilitator on campus, where she helps freshmen students transition to college life both within and outside the classroom. In addition to her leadership activities, Erin works as a student aide for the Ramapo College Foundation, where she helps with the College’s Annual Fund.

Erin is from Midland Park, NJ and is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing.  She has a 3.92 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List for four consecutive semesters.

Off campus, she has volunteered for community service projects such as Billy’s Buddies with the Wyckoff YMCA teen leaders program.



2016 Recipients

Victoria Antropow

Victoria Antropow of North Haledon, NJ is a Mathematics major with secondary teacher education certification. She has a 3.2 grade point average and has been inducted to Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

At Ramapo, Victoria has been an active participant in campus organizations as a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Peer Facilitator, and Orientation Leader, among other activities. She is a dedicated employee of the Civic and Community Engagement Center and current president of the Professional Fraternity Council.

Victoria remains involved in off-campus activities by volunteering with various community partners, including Mahwah Environmental Volunteer Organization and House on the Hill in Goshen, NY.


Monica Cuello

Monica Cuello of Englewood, NJ is a double major in Spanish and Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing.  She has been inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society.  She is a member of the Health Awareness Team, the Spanish Club and the Commuter Club.  Monica also volunteers at a hospital.  She plans to attend law school and to establish her own law firm.



2015 Recipient

Andreina Santamaria

Andreina Santamaria of Hackensack, N.J., is an international studies major and a human rights and genocide studies minor. She has a 3.61 grade point average.

At Ramapo, Andreina is a resident assistant in the Overlook Hall. Upon returning from studying abroad in India, she became a global roadrunner in the Roukema International Center where she promotes study abroad culture through presentations to students. She also serves as a student liaison for the international studies major. Off campus, Andreina interned with the Refugee Youth Project, a program sponsored by the International Rescue Committee.



2014 Recipient

Rafael Quinones

Rafael Quinones is from North Bergen, NJ. He is majoring in Psychology and has earned a 3.22 grade point average. Rafael holds a leadership position in a number of student clubs including Erasing Racism and Sexism Everywhere (ERASE) and Association of Latinos Moving Ahead (ALMA). He is one of the founders of the Technology Animation Study Club. Rafael works on campus as a resident assistant, in the Educational Opportunity Fund Office, and as assistant manager of intramurals. He is a senior who will be graduating in May.



2013 Recipient

Matthew Kobza

Matthew Kobza of Wharton, NJ is a Psychology and Social Contract major with a concentration in Community Mental Health. He has a minor in History. He is a senator-at-large for the Office of Student Conduct and a liaison to the Black Student Union. He has held leadership positions in Alpha Phi Omega National Community Service Fraternity, and is a member of the Judicial Review Board, Active Minds, Alpha Delta Lambda and the Study Club. Matthew coordinated several community service projects including a magazine drive for U.S. soldiers, a food drive for the Center for Food Action, a trip to Eva’s Village soup kitchen and another to Ramapo Habitat for Humanity. He is proud of performing 120 hours of community service through Alpha Phi Omega and in presenting his research, Social Media and Human Interaction, at the Ramapo College Psychology Symposium. A two-time recipient of the scholarship, Matthew said it reminds him to “have strong student skills, work ethic and ability to communicate with others.” Matthew has a 3.00 grade point average.



2012 Recipient

Adam Rinaldi

Adam Rinaldi of West Milford, NJ is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. He’s added an International Business minor. Adam has a career plan all mapped out. He wants to obtain an MBA before the age of 30, work for a Fortune 500 corporation where there is high growth potential and become a senior executive before the age of 50. On campus he is a student aide and an orientation leader for the Center for Academic Advisement & First-Year Experience, a peer facilitator for the First-Year Seminar and a student representative on the Judicial Board. Adam, who has a 3.61 grade point average, says, “Receiving the Saiff Family Scholarship was such a tremendous honor. I am so grateful for all the opportunities I have been able to take part in at Ramapo College. I will continue my dedication to my involvement during my remaining semesters at the College.”

I want to extend a tremendous thank you to the Saiff family for awarding me with this scholarship. Being very involved with various on-campus activities has helped me to realize how important it is to make the most out of my college experience.


2011 Recipient

Kelly Barkley

Kelly Barkley of Allentown, NJ is a Nursing major. She plans to become a neonatal nurse. She says, “My hope is that I will be able to provide care to infants, and through my experiences, show that even the smallest life form is precious.” She enjoys being able to administer medications and monitoring IVs as a student nurse. But Kelly has come to realize that what’s more important is improving the morale of the patient. Kelly is a member of the Nursing Student Organization, the Golden Key National Honour Society and has been named to the Dean’s List. She volunteers for Relay for Life and Walk for the Cure. Kelly has a 3.90 grade point average.

It will give me the ability to work towards completing my degree and achieve my ultimate goal of becoming an RN.

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