College students who were awarded scholarships from NJREA may renew them each year, provided they meet the criteria for the award. Recipients of either the Elizabeth Allen or Isabelle M. Hickmann four-year scholarship are eligible for renewal if they maintain a college GPA of at least 3.0.
Recipients of the Fred E. Aug Community College Scholarship are eligible for renewal in their second year if they maintain a college GPA of at least 2.75. On this page are renewal recipients for the 2019-20 school year.
Jeremy Conover is a senior majoring in special education at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). In addition to coursework, Conover continues to work as a mentor for the Career and Community Studies (CCS) program offered at TCNJ for individuals with intellectual disabilities. He also started coaching the CCS intramural flag football and softball teams, as well his Special Olympics bocce team in the spring, ultimately coaching at the annual summer games held at TCNJ. Conover believes that these extracurriculars balanced his academic and social life well and is looking forward to continuing these activities during this year to further develop his skills in the field of psychology.
Sabrina Costa began her sophomore year at UCLA as a biology major. She was fortunate to have some top professionals in the country as professors in her freshman year. Because her major requirements are science-based, Costa decided to take some classes that were not in her comfort zone, including theater and philosophy. Outside the classroom, Costa joined the fashion club and created six designs that were in a fashion show at school. Her fashion line was featured on the front page of the school newspaper.
Ryan Devine completed his sophomore year at Dickinson College, where he majors in economics. In his words, “Being one of four, just a year apart, we are all responsible for our college loans. This scholarship means the world to me.” As he looked back at his sophomore year, Devine realized that he had changed. Outside the classroom, he grew and thrived, becoming more outgoing and involved in his community. Devin was chosen to be a member of Dickinson’s Student Advisory Athletic Committee, which represents the interests of student athletes within the Centennial Conference and within NCAA Division III. College academics continued to challenge him, and he recently finalized his major in quantitative economics, which will enable him to graduate with a STEM degree.
Elvis Ramirez completed his first year at Camden County College as a liberal arts and sciences major. He felt his first year in college taught him many things about time management, maintaining a budget and maturing into adulthood. In the first semester, Ramirez struggled to adapt to the college environment, but he eventually become accustomed to the requirements of his professors and met deadlines for assignments. Ramirez now maintains a 3.8 GPA and plans to use what he has learned to improve himself academically and achieve all the goals that he has set.
Marissa Spletter is now a sophomore at Boston College majoring in business. She faced the same challenges as many freshman: time management. Despite this, Spletter quickly learned to budget her waking hours wisely. She was involved in several on campus activities and particularly enjoyed the Women Innovators Network. Additionally, Spletter serves as a mentor to a younger student in a smaller school and enjoyed working as a basketball and floor hockey referee for intramural sports. Overall, the first year at Boston College has led Spletter to grow immensely, both in and out of the classroom.
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