Michael Simon ’73 (first graduating class) was involved in many campus activities during his undergraduate years. he and two classmates built and operated the first campus radio station WRPR in 1972. Michael and another fellow student designed the first Ramapo College class ring using the Arch and the words of JFK “Peace through Understanding ” as the base design. in addition Michael was a member of the housing committee, worked the switchboard in the evenings, and occasionally drove the shuttle bus to and from residence halls located on route 17.
Michael has created this scholarship to help involved students who excel in their contribution to the LGBTQ community at Ramapo College. members of the LGBTQ community and their allies are eligible to apply
“I’m passionate about advocating for diversity and LGBTQ+ issues,” says Mariella Zijdel of Gillette, N.J. Mariella is a Social Work major with minors in Women’s and Gender Studies, and Substance Use Disorders. She has a 3.3 GPA.
Mariella has been involved in Leaders in Service, Sophomores Advancing in Leadership, and has been a Resident Assistant at the College Park Apartments for two years. She currently serves as the Student Trustee and is the Student Health and Wellness Coordinator at the Women’s Center and LGBTQ+ Services.
Off campus, Mariella has been involved in the Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment Working Group for N.J.’s Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, is currently on the Student Advisory Committee for N.J.’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, is an intern for N.J. Senator Nellie Pou, and is a volunteer and foster for St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center.
After graduation, Mariella plans to attend graduate school for Social Work with a concentration in Policy Advocacy. “I am proud to be a part of many important organizations on campus and plan to use my experiences to induct change in the world,” she adds.