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Shapiro-Skrobe, Dr. Frances and Mr. John Skrobe Teacher Education Scholarship

Dr. Fran Shapiro-Skrobe was a Professor of English at Ramapo College until her retirement in 2018. She created this scholarship to benefit deserving students in the Teacher Education Program.


  • Admitted to Teacher Education Program
  • GPA of 3.5+
  • Nominated by Teacher Ed faculty

This scholarship is not awarded through the application process.

2022 Recipient

Taylor Hemmer

Taylor Hemmer of Wantage, N.J. is an Elementary Education major with a Science minor who is enrolled in the Masters of Special Education Program. She has a 3.6 GPA and has made the Dean’s list almost every semester. At Ramapo, Taylor has been active in several organizations and activities, including a member of Kappa Delta Pi, President of Future Teachers At Ramapo, and a Peer Facilitator. This year, Taylor created a new event for FTAR that works closely with a local school to design and construct academic posters and anchor charts for several classrooms, her proudest accomplishment yet!

Taylor has been involved off campus as she began volunteering with Peace by Piece NJ, a nonprofit organization assisting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also works as a Paraprofessional. 

After Taylor graduates in May of 2023, she plans to become a first grade teacher. Taylor is interested in going back to school for another master’s degree in educational leadership. Her ultimate goal is to become an elementary school principal and make a difference in the lives of children.

2020 Recipient

Vanessa Messina

Vanessa Messina of Garfield, N.J. is an Elementary Education major with a minor in Psychology. She is a first-generation college student and is a part of Ramapo’s 4+1 Master of Arts in Special Education (MASE) Program. She has a 3.97 GPA and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.

At Ramapo, Vanessa has been active in several organizations and activities, including Future Teachers of America and the College Programming Board.

Vanessa has also been involved in off–campus activities and organizations, including the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute and the New Jersey Council for Exceptional Children. She is currently employed at a daycare in Garfield and as a K-12 Substitute Teacher for the Garfield Board of Education.

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