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Social Work Student Conference & Scholarship Fund

In 2002 the Bergen Unit of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) presented the Ramapo College Foundation with a gift to benefit undergraduate social work students. “The Bergen Unit has had fundraising events for the past 15 years with the expressed intention to provide conference scholarships and educational assistance to local social work students,” wrote the chair, Gail Bates, MSW, LCSW. The gift was used to create an endowment in order to permanently fund the scholarships. The intent of the fund is to provide Social Work students the “opportunity to enhance their formal education through attendance at NASW or other professional social work meetings or conferences.”

To be awarded at a later date

  • Scholarship allows Social Work majors to attend professional conferences
  • Scholarship covers allowable expenses
  • Recipient chosen by the convener of the Social Work group

2018 Recipient

Mohammed Nurudeen Musah

Mohammed Nurudeen Musah completed his BS in Social Work at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ramapo College’s affiliate institution in Ghana. He has ten years of experience advocating and working with vulnerable children in deprived communities.

When he was volunteering with the Street Children Project, an agency that provides services for displaced and homeless children and their families in Kumasi, Ghana, he met visiting students and professors from Ramapo, and thus began the course of his journey to Mahwah, N.J. Today, he is working toward his Advanced Standing Master in Social Work. Off campus, he works with NJ Aids Services as well as the Alliance Against Homelessness.

“I have benefitted tremendously from the continuous support of the faculty and students in the MSW program, and am grateful to President Mercer and the College for helping to make my dream of pursing a Master Degree in Social Work a reality.”

Mohammed has a 4.0 GPA.

2016 Recipient

Jenna Colabelli

Jenna Colabelli is a senior from Old Bridge, NJ majoring in Social Work.

2015 Recipient

Julia Hughes

Julia Hughes of Glen Rock, N.J., is a social work major.

Off campus, Julia has worked as an Apple store specialist for almost five years.

Julia is proud to have paid for five international trips without assistance.

2014 Recipient

Lauren Meny

Social Work major Lauren Meny is minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies, and has consistently earned a 4.00 grade point average.  She completed an internship at Alternatives to Domestic Violence, a Bergen County program.  Lauren holds a retail job and volunteers on campus in the  Women’s Center. She is from Denville, NJ.

2013 Recipient

Carol Parker

Carol Parker of Hackensack, NJ worked for 27 years in the corporate world and managed a budget in excess of $3.5 million. After being downsized, she went back to college to earn a degree. As a Bergen Community College student, Carol became a mentor for College Now After-School Academy, a supplemental learning program for at-risk third graders in New Milford, NJ. She also was a math tutor and continues to assist non-traditional students at a community college. She volunteers in the community with Habitat for Humanity, as a Sunday School superintendent and as an intern at the Midland Park Senior Center and Adult Protective Service. At Ramapo, Carol was a Social Work major who graduated in January, 2013 with a 4.00 grade point average. She was a member of the Social Work Club and was active with Ramapo Readers.

2012 Recipient

Kelly Espino

Kelly Espino is from Moonachie, NJ. She is a senior majoring in Social Work. She has a 3.88 grade point average.

2011 Recipient

Kristin Hatalla

Kristin Hatalla is a senior majoring in Social Work. Her minor is Gerontology and she has earned a 3.74 grade point average. Kristin was treasurer of the Social Work Club and a student representative to Ramapo Readers. She is from Clinton, NJ and plans to continue her education in graduate school.

2010 Recipient

Kathryn Slavin

Kathryn Slavin attended the National Association of Social Workers conference held in May 2009 in Atlantic City, NJ. The theme of the conference was “Social Work 2009: Many Faces, One Profession.” Kathryn is currently in her second year of the Social Work major, and has earned a 3.87 grade point average. She is from Barnegat, NJ.

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