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William Frech, Ph.D. is a retired professor of International Business at Ramapo College and a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Frech’s teaching interests are the cross cultural aspects of international business and international risk management issues, among others.
He and his wife, Sandra, share the opinion that studying abroad provides students with a valuable insight into other cultures, and gives students first hand experience with different perspectives in any field, from business to art history. Two of the Ramapo College’s four pillars of education are to provide students with an experiential and international education.
In creating the scholarship Dr. Frech said, “My goal is to have all students have an experience outside of the United States.” Helping students with study abroad expenses demonstrates a dedication to the mission of the College.
- Ramapo College student participating in a College-approved study abroad program or international internship
- Applicant in good academic standing
- Recipient selected by a committee including Dr. and Mrs. Frech , the director of International Education and the Scholarship Coordinator
“While academics come first, I enjoy volunteering whenever I have time,” says first generation college student Katherine Morales of Paterson, N.J. The Nursing major has been involved in the OASIS after-school program and House on the Hill, as well as the Nursing Student Organization, CAC/Relay for Life, and AEF (Alliance of EOF & Friends).
Her goal is to become a Registered Nurse and then continue her studies to become a Nurse Practitioner. She has a 3.5 GPA.
“Through the Social Work program at Ramapo, I’ve had support and guidance and also had the opportunity to intern at two substance abuse treatment facilities, as well as work with law enforcement to learn about the legal issues many of my clients face,” say Allison Rocca of Township of Washington, N.J. Allison is a Social Work major with a Substance Use Disorder minor, and will continue in the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work program at Ramapo after graduation. She holds a 4.0 GPA, is a member of Tau Sigma Honors Society, and is involved in the Social Work Club.
In her hometown, Allison has helped implement the Stigma Free initiative into her community. She is also an intern at New Pathway Counseling and currently works as a nanny.
Jennifer Lancellotti of Vernon, N.J. is a Nursing major with the ultimate goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. She has a 3.8 GPA and has made the Dean’s List each semester. Jennifer is in several honor societies, including The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honor Society, and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for First Year Students.
Through her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, she actively participates in raising money for the Arthritis Foundation and recently organized an event to make Thanksgiving cards for hospital patients at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. Jennifer also works for the Center for Reading and Writing on campus.
Off campus, Jennifer has been a softball coach in her hometown of Vernon, and worked at Mountain Creek in the Guest Services Department. This past summer she studied abroad in Ghana, Africa, and helped in vaccinations clinics for children. She also cared for patients in three hospitals. “Because of this experience I decided that in the future I would like to start a non-profit to help provide healthcare services in under-served countries like Ghana.”
Robert Piper of Hamburg, NJ is an International Studies major with Theater and Africana Studies minors. He has a 3.9 GPA and is a student liaison for the International Studies major and a member of the Sigma Iota Rho International Studies Honor Society.
Robert is active in the theatre honor society, Alpha Psi Omega, the French club, and J-CRU. He is an active member of the Fooligans improv comedy troupe, and has directed shows for the theater group.
Off campus, Robert is a professional tap dancer, and is a featured dancer with the New Jersey Tap Ensemble. He has had the honor of performing all over the state of NJ and also in Manhattan. He hopes to pursue a career in the field of International Education after graduation.
Princep Shah of Nepal is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance, Math and Computer Science. He has a 4.0 GPA.
Princep has been active in Student Government at Ramapo, where he has been an alternative student governor as well as a member of the ASB Dean’s Advisory Council. He is also a Resident Assistant, and an active member of the Finance and Investment Clubs.
As part of a semester abroad, he worked as a Consumer and Wealth Management intern at Bank of Ireland in Dublin.
“The leadership and extracurricular opportunities that Ramapo provides has helped me grow a lot… I have learned so much, grown so much, and best of all, I have made friendships that will last a lifetime!”
Sasha Lopez of Weehawken, NJ is a 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 and Leaders in Service. She serves as the treasurer for the Organization of Latin Unity. She is also in the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society
Sasha has also been involved in off –campus activities and organizations, including the International Rescue Mission, Peer Leadership, and Oasis: Haven for Women and Children.
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