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Silver Family MSW Scholarship

Harry Silver and his wife Nancy, residents of Oakland, NJ, have been supporting Ramapo students with scholarships since 2011.

Mr. Silver retired as managing director with Goldman Sachs after a career spanning four decades. He has served on the Anisfield School of Business Advisory Board, as a mentor for the Ramapo College Foundation Mentorship Program and has been an active member of the Friends of Ramapo. This award benefits students enrolled in the MSW program.

Selection of the recipient will be made by the Director of the MSW program and the Social Work convener in consultation with the Dean of SSHS.

  • A Ramapo Undergraduate accepted into the MSW Program
  • GPA of 3.25+
  • Financial Need preferred based on Foundation policy

This scholarship is not awarded through the application process.

2022 Recipient

Paola Guevara

Paola M. Guevara of West Milford, N.J. Social Work major with a 4.0 GPA.

At Ramapo, Paola has been active in several organizations and activities, including the Social Work Club, founder of the Non-Traditional Students Support Group at Ramapo College. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Alpha (Theta Delta Chapter) and Tau Sigma Transfer Honor society. Additionally, her awards during her academic achievement are being part of the Dean’s List two consecutive semesters and Academic Achievement for Social Work. 

Off –campus activities and organizations, including volunteering as a student advocate at the Violence Intervention Prevention Center at Bergen Community College, providing education and resources for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Additionally, she is currently interning at Bergen Family Center (BFC) in Englewood, involved in many community projects.

2021 Recipient

Jane Marcillo

Jane Marcillo of Newark, N.J. is a Master of Social Work graduate student. She has a 3.6 GPA and is a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society.

At Ramapo, Jane is an intern for the Student Relief Fund in the We Care program. She assists students who are in need of supplemental funding, facing food insecurity, and/or are homeless. Due to COVID-19, she meets students virtually and provides the proper support to ensure their academic and personal success.

Jane is expected to graduate from the Advanced Master of Social Work Program in May 2021. She is excited to begin her journey as a full-time social worker and to use what she has learned in the classroom to help shape the lives of N.J. residents.

2020 Recipient

Christopher Rusk

Christopher Rusk of Lodi, NJ is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s of Social Work. He has a 3.97 GPA.

At Ramapo, Chris has made contributions to the school newspaper and pursued international opportunities through the Roukema Center.

Chris works full time at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center as an addictions counselor. Starting as a volunteer on the detox unit, Chris discovered a passion for working with and advocating for clients with Substance Use. He wrote proposals for three grants totaling $400,000 to fund the successful creation of a medication assisted treatment program and a regional peer recovery center at Bergen New Bridge. Chris incorporated social work values and principles learned at Ramapo into the programs, including respect for the dignity and worth of individuals and the importance of relationships as a vehicle for change.

“My goals post-graduation are to continue marshaling resources and creating programs for the often underserved substance use population.”

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