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Schader, Joyce Secular Humanist Scholarship

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Joyce Schader served as the Ramapo College Foundation’s Associate Director of Annual Giving until her retirement in 2015.  Prior to working at Ramapo, Ms. Schader was a fundraiser at St. John’s University, the City College of New York, and Brooklyn Law School.  For the better part of her career, Ms. Schader worked at non-profit organizations in the area of higher education.  She was a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo, from which she earned a BA degree in political science,  and St. John’s University from which she earned an MA degree in Sociology.

“Secular humanism encourages critical thinking, and a public academic institution like Ramapo College is an appropriate place for young people to continue to develop that wisdom and cultivate free thinking,” Ms. Schader said when she created this award in 2015.  Her intent with this scholarship is to recognize students who are committed to bettering the world through applied science, and who are “devoted to ethics and morals based on rationalism and humanism.”

On October 10, 2015, Joyce Schader lost her battle with lung cancer.

  • Good academic standing
  • Financial need preferred
  • Essay :
  • "Describe how scientific ways of thinking have moved our species closer to a more just world."
  • or
  • "Describe the ways in which you personally demonstrate ethical behavior, not on the basis of a religious system of reward and punishment, but from a humanist point of view."

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2020 Recipient

Holly Goldfarb

Holly Goldfarb of Marlboro, N.J. is a senior in the Nursing program. She graduated magna cum laude from Ramapo in 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and minors in Neuroscience and Human Rights and Genocide Studies. She has a 3.8 GPA, is a member of the Nursing Student Organization and several honor societies, and was very involved on campus while earning her first bachelor’s degree. She is interested in becoming a nurse to combine her passions for science and helping others.

2019 Recipients

Asma Abeer

“The hard work and sacrifices of my parents have taught me the meaning of dedication and determination that I strive to put into everything I do, academically and beyond,” says Asma Abeer of Teaneck, N.J. Asma is a Biology Major/Gerontology Minor in the Honors program. She has a 3.8 GPA and is involved on campus as an Honors Development Group Leader, a student aide, and a research assistant.

Off campus, Asma has taught at a local Sunday School and has volunteered her time at a rehabilitation center and hospital. She hopes to work as a Physician Assistant in a family practice.

“Despite being a commuter student, I’m proud of how involved I’ve become on campus, and the network and number of friendships I have gained that will last long beyond the campus of Ramapo. I have learned the impact a little bit of effort can make when done with integrity and dedication and wish to do the same as a healthcare provider and member of society in the future.”

Jamie Anne Anderson

Jamie Anne Anderson of Cliffside Park, N.J. is a nursing student with a 3.350 GPA. She is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor society and made the spring 2017 Dean’s List.

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.

She was also the team manager for the Ramapo College Women’s Basketball team during their 2016-2017 season, and last winter, she volunteered as one of the assistant coaches for Bergen Tech High School’s Girls Varsity Basketball Team.

After college, she plans to pursue a nursing career in the military, then attain her Masters of Science in Nursing, and hopefully travel and work with Doctors Without Borders.

2018 Recipient

Holly Gorin

Holly Gorin of Allendale, N.J. is a Biology major with a concentration in Physical Therapy . She has a 4.0 GPA and is on the Dean’s List. She was recently accepted into the Rutgers Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

At Ramapo, Holly tutors students registered with the Office of Specialized Services and works as a writing consultant at The Center for Reading and Writing.

She works as a paraprofessional at Children’s Therapy Center Academy.


2017 Recipient

Bethany Jukuy

Bethany Jukuy of Bergenfield, NJ is a Biology major with a double minor in International Studies and Human Rights and Genocide Studies. She has a 3.17 GPA.

She is president of the Filipino American Student Association and Vice President of Membership of Alpha Phi Omega on campus.

Bethany hopes to gain entry in a nursing program, and aspires to one day become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. “Throughout my education, I have realized my true passion, which is caring for others, regardless of who they are or where they come from,” said Bethany.

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.

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