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Baer, Senator Byron M. Endowed Scholarship

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The Baer Scholarship is named in memory of New Jersey State Senator Byron Baer.  In the early 1960s, Mr. Baer was a Freedom Rider and participated in the Selma to Montgomery March.  He was an advisor and friend to Martin Luther King, Jr.  Mr. Baer served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1972 to 1993 and in the State Senate from 1994 to 2005 representing the 37th District.  Mr. Baer was the primary author of New Jersey’s Sunshine Law and was an advocate for open government throughout his career.  At his death, his wife Linda and their daughter, Lara Rodriguez, sought a permanent means of honoring his memory and created this endowed fund with contributions from individuals and organizations throughout New Jersey who admired and valued his leadership.

  • For a student who has made a real difference on campus
  • Recipient selected by the Office of Student Affairs

This scholarship is not awarded through the application process.

2022 Recipient

Khalisah Hameed

Khalisah Hameed of Roselle, N.J. is a Music Production student minoring in Creative Writing. She has a 3.92 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List every semester. She is also a member of the Honors Program and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Khalisah is President of the Muslim Student Association and President of a chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Through the Women’s Center, she serves as the Women’s Outreach Coordinator and Co-coordinator for the Women of Color Collective.

2019 Recipient

Natalie Dahl

Natalie Dahl of Southbury, CT is a junior Nursing major. She has a 3.77 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List each semester. Natalie has been active on campus with Women’s Center, the Diversity Peer Educators, the Title IX Committee and the Nursing Student Organization.

At the Women’s Center, she is the Women’s Outreach Coordinator. Through her job there, she runs a book club, a discussion group for female students on campus and puts together Women’s Herstory Month. Last semester, she represented the Women’s Center at “Our Campus, Our Safety,” a round table about gun violence on college campuses. Through the Office of Equity and Diversity, she leads the Diversity Peer Educators, a group that is known on campus for teaching students, staff, and faculty how to create a more inclusive environment in their classrooms and organizations.

On Saturdays, she volunteers her time tutoring children in math and reading at Oasis, an organization in Paterson, N.J. that is a safe haven and resource center for women and children living in poverty.

2018 Recipient

Jaime Velazquez

“With my skills, passion, and experience I hope to move forward into a career that will allow me to advocate for the needs of others,” says Psychology major Jaime Velazquez.  Jaime is from North Bergen, N.J.

As part of the Ramapo’s Student Government Association, where he serves as Senate Vice President, Jaime chairs the Student Relief Committee.  “This is an initiative that helps develop ways to help students who are facing issues of food insecurity and other financial circumstances.”

Jaime also works as a Resident Assistant in Mackin Hall and as the Pathways Student Assistant Coordinator in the ASB Cahill Career Development Center.

He has a minor in Criminology and has earned a 3.7 GPA.

2017 Recipient

Pamela Gilligan

Pamela Gilligan grew up in Branchburg, NJ and currently resides in Flemington, NJ.  She is majoring in Environmental Studies with a 3.8 GPA, and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society on campus. She spent the spring 2016 semester abroad in south India studying social movements and sustainability initiatives.

At Ramapo, she is the president for 1STEP environmental club and Co-President of the Yoga Club, where she previously served as secretary.  She is also a member of the Sustainable Living Facilities where she volunteers in the college gardens, harvesting and planting organic vegetables. As the co-founder of the new RCNJ water campaign “Rethink Water,” she led efforts to raise awareness about available hydration stations throughout campus and helped educate the college community about the concerns involving plastic water bottles. During the school year she works in the Academic Affairs (Provost) Office as a clerical assistant.

Off campus she is a frequent volunteer for the Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization (MEVO) where she held positions as the Farm Crew Leader and Intern. She has also interned at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, where she led educational programs and tours about the importance of native species. In summer 2016, she interned at Grow It Green Morristown where she worked on an organic farm and taught children about where their food comes from.

“I am very proud of the water campaign I created for Ramapo and I hope to develop it further this coming school year. Once I graduate I hope to be able to continue educating people about the importance of having a connection to the environment, whether that be through food, stewardship, or clean energy,” said Pamela.



2016 Recipient

Marissa Hatten

Marissa Hatten is a senior from Montclair, NJ majoring in Sociology.

2015 Recipient

Brittany Schroeder

Brittany Schroeder of the Township of Washington, N.J., is majoring in communication arts with a concentration in global communication and media. She holds a minor in international business. She has a 3.60 grade point average.
At Ramapo, Brittany is co-president of the College Programming Board and secretary/treasurer of Lambda Pi Eta Communication Studies Honor Society. She is involved with Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for First-Year Students, Golden Key International Honour Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and Commuter Caucus. She is an intern at Atlantic Records.
Brittany plans to build upon her experience in radio, television and mass media markets to become a publicist in the entertainment industry.

2014 Recipient

Steven Shaw

Steven Shaw of Hamilton, NJ is a Digital Filmmaking major. He is a senior resident assistant with the Office of Residence Life, president of RCTV, a summer conference manager, an alternative spring break trip leader and treasurer of Rho Alpha Sigma. Steven plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in Student Affairs. “I would like to work in higher education administration as a director of residence life or some comparable position,” he said. Steve said the scholarship was a pleasant surprise. “I must be doing a few things right to be among a qualified pool of candidates and chosen as a recipient. I am grateful to receive the award and hope that I could make the late Senator proud of my achievements,” he added. Steven has a 3.82 grade point average.

Receiving this scholarship lets me know that my accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. And, that the track I am on is worthy of recognition. This scholarship has strengthened my resolve to keep doing what I am doing, and working towards achieving a consistently high standard.

2013 Recipient

Haven Krynicky

Haven Krynicky of Sussex, NJ is a Nursing major with a Spanish minor. She is a founder and vice president of the College’s chapter of Building Tomorrow and is a member of Ramapo First Responders Club and the Nursing Student Organization. Haven was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society. She works as a resident assistant in Mackin Hall and is also a volunteer EMT. “This scholarship is extremely important to me,” she said. “Nursing books are expensive, and all help is appreciated.” Haven would like to be a nurse in a hospital and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience research. Haven has a 3.48 grade point average.

This scholarship is a blessing. It will help me to move forward with my doctorate by easing my undergraduate loans.

2012 Recipient

Clifton Shambry

Clifton Shambry is a senior majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. He has earned a 3.29 grade point average. Cliff studied abroad in China last year. On campus, Cliff is a member of the Student Government Association, serving as a Senator-At-Large. He served on the organizing committee for Celebration at Sunset last year, and was one of 20 students who volunteered to help with clean up efforts in Mahwah after Hurricane Irene. In 2010 he received the Omicron Delta Kappa New Student Service Award. Cliff is from Millville, NJ.

I am so grateful to the sponsors of this scholarship as I have been able to continue in my final semester at Ramapo and now able to concentrate on applying and attending graduate school.

2011 Recipient

Brendan Flanagan

“Many of us know Brendan Flanagan as a student leader even if we have not had him in class,” says Literature Professor Monika Giacoppe. “He is a leader in Sigma Tau Delta (the Literature honor society) and in the Literature Club,” continues Dr. Giacoppe. Brendan is a senior majoring in International Studies as well as Literature, and has earned a 3.82 grade point average. He is from West Keansburg, NJ.

2010 Recipient

Rebecca Garrabrant

Rebecca Garrabrant of Flemington, NJ is the embodiment of a student who makes a difference on a personal level. In addition to being a valued employee at the Women’s Center, Rebecca has helped her peers as a Good Samaritan, which is a program that provides assistance to students with medical emergencies. She rode with a person she did not know to the hospital to ensure their well being. She is majoring in Business Administration/ Marketing with a minor in Spanish Language Studies and has a 3.06 grade point average.

2009 Recipient

Harrison Gilbert

Harrison Gilbert is in his senior year at Ramapo and is double-majoring in economics and political science. For the past two years he has been the student coordinator for the American Democracy Project on campus. In this role he has designed activities and worked with faculty and other students to promote civic awareness and service learning experiences. In the summer of his sophomore year Harrison participated in a study abroad course in Tianjin, China, where he also taught English. He participated in a number of summer internships in his home state of Michigan, and currently works as an intern for Compensation Resources in Upper Saddle River. He is a member of the Ramapo Outdoors Club, and the United Asian Association. He has earned a 3.63 grade point average.

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