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Dormer, Stephen J. Memorial Scholarship

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Mr. and Mrs. Stephen G. Dormer established this scholarship in memory of their son, Stephen, who passed away in April 2013. Family and friends wanted to remember Stephen and honor his memory with the creation of this endowed scholarship in his name.

Stephen John Dormer was a Business Administration major in the Anisfield School of Business.  He transferred to Ramapo College after attending Rockland Community College.  Stephen was a model student, academically strong and focused in the classroom.

Stephen played team sports throughout his life but especially cherished the camaraderie that grew from the experience of being with others as part of a team. He also enjoyed camping, mountain biking, dirt bike and motorcycle riding and was a certified scuba diver, Most importantly, he was kind and a champion of those who were marginalized, excluded or who experienced discrimination of any kind.

The Stephen J. Dormer Memorial Scholarship will leave a legacy for him in an environment where he was flourishing. The scholarship will also provide an inspiration and an opportunity for a transfer student to achieve their goal of an undergraduate degree.


  • Candidates must be a transfer student from an accredited community college or a four-year institution of higher learning
  • Candidate must write an essay, maximum of 500 words, illustrating with examples from their volunteer activities or personal interactions with others, how they have reached out to those in need
  • Candidates must be in good academic standing

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2020 Recipient

Cassidy DeMona

Cassidy DeMona of Wyckoff, N.J. is an Elementary Education major with minors in Psychology and Literary Studies, and she plans on getting her Masters in Special Education. She has a 3.88 GPA and is a member of the College Honors Program, Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society for Educators, and Tau Sigma Transfers Honors Society.

Cassidy is a sister of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, where she serves as the Community Service Chair. She is on the executive board of the Residence Hall Council and is the Social and Service Chair for Tau Sigma.

In 2015, Cassidy founded Invisible No More Foundation, a non-profit organization to help children with life-altering illnesses. She was named one of the 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women of 2018 by HerCampus. She works at a local organization serving children with special needs and is a counselor at French Woods Sports and Arts Center.

2019 Recipients

Nicole Cebulko

Nicole Cebulko of Oceanport, N.J. is a Nursing major. She is a transfer student from University of Rhode Island where she earned a 4.0 GPA and was on Dean’s List each semester. She plans to get her Masters in Neonatal Nursing.

She has quickly gotten involved at Ramapo, and been a part of Leaders in Service, RASA Student Ambassadors and 4GottenSuitcase, the A Cappella group. Off campus, she volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and MEVO as well as South County Hospital last spring. In her free time she loves yoga and hiking at nearby Ramapo Reservation.

“In my remaining time at Ramapo, I hope to become more of a leader on campus and make small impacts on people’s lives every day with random acts of kindness.”

Kaetlynn Ayala

Kaetlynn Ayala of Lodi, N.J. is a Social Work major. She has a 3.89 GPA and is a member of the Dean’s List. She has demonstrated strength and potential as an intern during her Junior year in the undergraduate Social Work Program, leading to employment at a rewarding non-profit organization.

At Ramapo, Kaetlynn has been active in several organizations, including the Social Work Club and the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Her involvement in these organizations strengthens her passion for the Social Work field. She has also been involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters as a mentor and the Lodi Volunteer Ambulance Rescue Squad where she serves as an Emergency Medical Technician, as well as President for two consecutive years.

“I have been accepted into Ramapo’s Master of Social Work Advanced Standing Program. I hope to continue gaining the knowledge and experience along with the collaboration with some of the most inspirational figures both on staff at the college and alongside me in the classroom. I plan on pursuing my this graduate degree in order to acquire the skills needed to become an effective Social Worker that will one day be considered a leader and a changemaker in the community.”

2018 Recipient

Matthew Capomaggi

Matthew Capomaggi of Wyckoff N.J. is a senior in the Adult Degree Completion Program majoring in Professional Communications. He has a 3.6 GPA.

Matthew is an active volunteer in the Wyckoff Fire Department and Ambulance Corps as well as in his local church, and is currently employed in a local car dealership.

2017 Recipient

Izabela Sadej

Izabela Sadej is a member of the Social Work Club and was inducted into the Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity where she held a “Support the Troops” sisterhood, sending a care package to troops deployed in Afghanistan.   This initiative has special significance for Izabela, as her husband is currently deployed there.

Izabela, who is from Fair Lawn, NJ, is a Social Work major with a minor in Neuroscience. She has a 3.7 GPA and was acknowledged on the Dean’s list both semesters of her freshman year.

Izabela has a job off campus as part of the sales and support team at Macy’s.

2016 Recipient

Sasha Lopez

Sasha Lopez of Weehawken, NJ is an International Studies major and Human Rights and Genocide minor.  She has a 3.4 grade point average.

At Ramapo, Sasha has been active in several organizations and activities, including Organization of Latino Unity, where she serves as treasurer, and Leaders in Service. She also serves as the Secretary and Historian for Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority.

Sasha is an events intern with Amnesty International USA where she was exposed to human rights violations. She has also been involved with the International Rescue Committee, Ramapo College Alternative Spring Break (Arkansas), Ramapo College Alternative Winter Break (Costa Rica), Community Food Bank, Peer Leadership, and Oasis: Haven for Women and Children.

“Ramapo and its amazing faculty have helped make me more of a problem solver and critical thinker.  I have enjoyed the support faculty has given me in supporting my dreams to have a career in International Development.”

2015 Recipient

Tamar Montilus

Tamar Montilus of Hillsborough, N.J., is a nursing major. A returning adult student, Tamar believes that helping those in need leads to a satisfying life. She said education has the power to transform lives and allows her the ability to change the lives of the patients she serves. Tamar has volunteered in the hospice unit at the Veteran’s Hospital in Lyons, N.J. She also helped organize a clothing drive for children in a Haitian village.

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