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  • Partial List of NJCU Foundation Endowed and Annual Scholarships Awarded by Academic Department

    Black Administrators, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Student Organization (BAAFSSO) Scholarship Fund

    BAAFSSO works to eradicate inequities based upon racial and sexual discrimination, and facilitates networking among blacks on campus and assists in the development and support of the academic, professional, leadership, and career goals of its members. The BAAFSSO Scholarship is awarded annually to students of African decent. Scholarships are awarded as follows: 

    • Two incoming University Charter High School students who have been participants of UMOJA-Charter High School.
    • Freshmen and sophomore participants of UMOJA-NJCU.
    • One sophomore and one junior participant of SHANGO.
    • One outstanding student-athlete.
    • One returning graduate student.

    Interested applicants must complete an appropriate application following the instructions found (insert link to BAAFSSO Scholarship pages). Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will made by BAAFSSO. 

    “Bel Canto” Scholarship for Vocal Excellence Fund

    This award is designated for undergraduate or graduate Voice majors enrolled as Vocal Performance majors only. Student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a term GPA of 3.0. Student must pass all core music curriculum courses. It is recommended that applicants participate in two music ensembles and/or performs a leading role in an opera production generated by the Coordinator of Voice and/or Voice Faculty. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made at the sole discretion of the Coordinator of Vocal Studies. 

    Council on Hispanic Affairs (CHA) Scholarship

    CHA is composed of volunteer students, faculty, and staff of Hispanic heritage at NJCU with a goal of increasing the awareness of and appreciation for the contributions of Latin American cultures and traditions. CHA engages in broad outreach efforts, hosting scores of cultural events, festivals, lectures, and films, as well as mentoring programs in local school districts. This scholarship is awarded to students of Hispanic heritage with a record of academic distinction. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Applicant must be currently enrolled in the undergraduate program at NJCU. Applicant must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and have completed a minimum of twenty-four (24) college-level credits. Transfer students may be eligible after completing one semester at NJCU, provided they meet the previous requirements. Applicant must also submit a one-page typewritten essay highlighting their academic achievements, career goals, community involvement, and any other information relevant to describing the value of a scholarship award. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will made by the Council on Hispanic Affairs. 

    The Charles Mottola Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship will be awarded annually to one NJCU student who has a minimum of sixty (60) credits, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and who intends to pursue a degree in Education (Special Education preferred). Eligible candidates must submit an application consisting of written expression, poetry or prose, on a topic of importance to the applicant. Carol Mottola, widow of Charles, will be sent a copy of the work presented by the final candidate. A successful scholarship recipient may receive the award for more than one year, provided they continue to meet the original criteria and submit a written application each year. Criteria may be modified at the request of the donor(s) in any year prior to the funding cycle. Once the award has been made, the scholarship recipient will be asked to meet with Carol Mottola and Al and Anita Parinello, original donors to this scholarship, to learn more about the qualities and personality of Charles Mottola, for whom the scholarship is named. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the NJCU English Department. 

    Charlotte and Hugo Prins Scholarship

    This memorial scholarship is awarded annually to a promising art student. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the Art Department Chair. 

    Christopher Fiore Music Scholarship

    This scholarship is being established, through the generosity of his family and friends, in loving memory of Christopher J. Fiore, who received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education (’96) and a master’s degree in Music Performance (’01) from NJCU. At NJCU Chris was an active, sought-after, well-respected performer and human being. The Orchestra, Symphony of Winds and Percussion, Jazz Ensembles, Choirs, Operas, Chamber Ensembles, Spring Musicals and the Percussion Ensemble were among the many organizations blessed with his wonderful presence, one that deeply touched the community. He loved every aspect of music: performing, composing, listening, and teaching. Chris was an accomplished bassist and by all accounts, he was a very talented musician. He received high praise for his teaching and his work with young musicians. This scholarship in Chris’ memory is a wonderful tribute to his passion for music and his deep commitment to his fellow musicians. This scholarship is awarded to the NJCU music student who most exemplifies the characteristics of passion and dedication to music that were expressed by Chris. The first award will be presented to a full-time freshman music student in two equal payments for the fall and spring semesters. 

    Criteria for the award are: 

    • An incoming freshman or a transfer student with a 3.0 GPA in music and 2.75 overall GPA.
    • He or she must demonstrate ability as a musician.
    • The student may continue to receive the award annually (two equal payments), provided that he or she maintains a 2.75 overall GPA (3.0 in their major), remains enrolled as a full-time student, and receives the recommendation of the NJCU Music Department.
    • Preference of selection is given to bass players or students enrolled in Jazz Composition.
    • All instrumental performers may be considered so funds will be awarded each academic year.
    • Eligible students will be selected by the Chair of the NJCU Music Department in consultation with the Director of the Jazz program.
    • Recipient will be required to communicate with the donor upon receipt of the scholarship award.

    Donald J. Silberman Endowment Scholarship

    Successful applicants must be enrolled as full-time students enrolled at NJCU. Successful applicants should have a GPA of 3.3 or higher and they must write a three- to four-page statement addressing the importance of labor unions in our society. This scholarship is awarded annually in two equal payments of $500 each. Please contact AFT for more information at 201-200-2216, or DOWNLOAD PDF. 

    Dr. Myrna Ehrlich Scholarship

    This scholarship is being established by Dr. Myrna L. Ehrlich, retired faculty member and alumnae (M.A. ’71) from NJCU. The Ehrlich Scholarship will be awarded to an NJCU Project Mentor student. The award will be presented to a full-time student in two equal payments for the fall and spring semesters. 

    Criteria for the award are: 

    • Eligible students must submit an essay to the Director of Project Mentor and have their application and essay reviewed by a Review Committee within Project Mentor.
    • The Review Committee shall consist of the Director of Project Mentor, a member of the Project Mentor faculty (appointed by the Project Mentor Director), a graduate assistant assigned to Project Mentor (appointed by the Project Mentor Director), and the scholarship donor (if available).
    • The Review Committee shall select the recipient of the award.
    • Deadlines:
    • Deadline for Application is April 15, 2011.
    • Decision Date will be May 30, 2011.

    Elizabeth J. Foster Scholarship

    This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or Master of Fine Arts student majoring in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. Decision made by the Art Department. 

    Esther Barish Scholarship in Art and Design

    This endowed scholarship is established in loving memory of Dr. Esther B. Barish, NJCU Professor of Art from 1970 to 1994, through the generosity of her family, friends, and colleagues. The scholarship will be awarded to a talented and capable NJCU art student specializing in areas of commercial and graphic design that were her expertise, and for whom this award will make a difference (financial or personal) in the pursuit of his or her degree. At the Art Department’s discretion, the scholarship may be renewed each year, as long as the recipient continues to qualify for the award. Selection of the recipient for the award will be made by the NJCU Art Department Chair on the recommendation of the department faculty.  

    Eva Rubin Women’s & Gender Studies Scholarship

    An award of $700 is to be made annually for a one-course scholarship to an academically competent, financially needy student who has a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS). Six credits of WGS coursework should be completed at the time of the award. A full-time faculty member of Women’s and Gender Studies should teach the course for which the award is made. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by representatives from the Women’s Center and faculty from the Women’s and Gender Studies Department. 

    Evelyn Kivy Rosenberg Scholarship

    Established by the friends and family of the late Professor Rosenberg, this scholarship is awarded annually to a junior Biology major. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the Biology Department Scholarship Committee. 

    Foster E. Grossnickle Scholarship

    Established by the late Dr. Grossnickle, this scholarship is awarded each spring by the Mathematics Department to two full-time Mathematics majors entering their last academic year of study, and who have the highest cumulative GPA with an average of at least 3.3 in all Mathematics courses taken. This scholarship requires no application as candidates are directly selected by the Mathematics Department. 

    Frank L. Capone Memorial Scholarship

    Established in 1990 with a lead gift from Al (’73) and Anita (’70) Parinello, this scholarship commemorates the founding director of the University’s nationally recognized Cooperative Education Program. It is awarded annually to a deserving Cooperative Education Program student. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by representatives from the Career Planning/Co-Operative Education Department. 

    Friends of Music & Art – Art Scholarship

    This scholarship will provide funds to needy and worthy students in the Art Department. 

    Friends of Music & Art – Music Scholarship

    This scholarship will provide funds to needy and worthy students in the Music Department. 

    George Voller Scholarship

    This scholarship is available each fall and spring semester to undergraduate students majoring in Special Education. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the Dean’s Office from the College of Education. 

    Harriet Vigersky Music Scholarship

    Established in 1983 by the Vigersky family in memory of Harriet Vigersky, this scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding Music major. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the Music Department. 

    Hart Award

    This annual award is given to a student that works on The Gothic Times, New Jersey City University’s student newspaper. Current staff members of The Gothic Times select the recipient(s) of this award. 

    Jazz Scholarship

    This annual award was established by Jim Noland with a matching gift from State Farm Insurance Company. This scholarship requires no application as candidates are directly selected by the Director of the Jazz Music Program. 

    Jeanne Thornton Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship was established by the Foundations of Education Department in 1990 to honor this former and beloved chairperson. This scholarship is available each fall and spring semester to undergraduate students majoring in Early Childhood, Elementary or Secondary Education who are enrolled in senior student-teaching assignments. The award is based on academic excellence, commitment to the teaching profession, and demonstrated professional qualities. Students must have successfully completed the pre-student teaching field experience as well as all other requirements for student teaching. Applicants must submit two (2) positive written recommendations from education faculty, neither of which may have been the supervisor of the field experience. Applicants must also submit a copy of the pre-student teaching field supervisor’s recommendation. Applicants must show evidence of having demonstrated a commitment to education as a profession in some extracurricular capacity. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the Dean’s Office from the College of Education. 

    John Raines Memorial Scholarship

    Established by the Mathematics Department in memory of John Raines, this scholarship is awarded by the Mathematics Department each spring to the full-time Mathematics major entering his/her last academic year of study, with demonstrated financial need, is preparing for a teaching career, and has the highest CGPA with an average of at least 3.0 in all Mathematics courses taken. This scholarship requires no application as candidates are directly selected by the Mathematics Department. 

    John Reckzeh Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. John K. Reckzeh, NJCU Mathematics professor. This scholarship requires no application as candidates are directly selected by the Mathematics Department. 

    Joseph Drew Memorial Media Arts Scholarship

    This annual scholarship was established by the NJCU Media Arts Department in memory of longtime faculty member Joseph Drew. Students eligible for this award will be graduating seniors majoring in Media Arts. This scholarship requires no application as candidates are directly selected by the Media Arts Department. 

    Lee Frank and Melvania Rhymes Hagan Scholarship

    Established in memory of the late Dr. Lee Hagan, this scholarship is awarded annually to an entering freshman who has a record of academic achievement and an interest in specializing in African/African American studies. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will made by BAAFSSO. 

    Lillian Evans Egan Scholarship

    Established in 1981 by Mrs. Egan, ’39, this scholarship is available to Education majors on their senior teaching assignment. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the Dean’s Office from the College of Education. 

    Marco Lacatena/Albert Shanker Scholarship

    This scholarship is limited to students who are enrolled as full time, undergraduate students at New Jersey City University, and are relatives of a Council of New Jersey State College Locals or NJ AFL-CIO member whose union membership has been consistent for one (1) year or more. This includes NJCU’s American Federation of Teachers Local 1839. The applicant must have secured the signature of the Local’s president prior to the point the application is deemed to be complete. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of: A one- to two-page essay describing the role of 21st-century Unionism in developing new leadership and enhancing civic participation, plus a recommendation from a union member outside the applicant’s family. Selection will be made by NJCU’s Silberman Scholarship Committee. Application deadline is July 1. 

    Margaret Williams Fund

    Monies from this fund may be awarded to a student for distinguished service to Performing Arts. This scholarship requires no application as candidates are directly selected by full-time Performing Arts faculty, and with advisement from adjunct faculty where appropriate.  

    Martin Luther King Scholarship

    Income from this fund is awarded annually to a student who best emulates the ideals of Martin Luther King Jr. Established in 1968, this scholarship is intended to help disadvantaged young men and women who might, because of the fund, have an opportunity to attend the college. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will made by BAAFSSO. 

    Max Sussman Memorial Scholarship

    To honor the late Max Sussman, his family established this scholarship in 1989. An annual award is presented to a deserving junior or senior majoring in History. Selection for this scholarship is based solely on academic merit, with eligible applicants having a GPA of 3.5 or better. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the History Department. 

    Nat & Lottie Siperstein Scholarship

    This scholarship will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student who has a declared major within the Music, Dance, and Theatre Department. Recommendations will come from his or her area coordinator for a student who is enrolled in at least two (2) MDT performance ensembles each semester, who maintains a 3.0 GPA in MDT courses, and a 2.5 overall GPA. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the Music, Dance, and Theatre Department. 

    Nelson Mayo Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in memory of Nelson Mayo, a student in the NJCU Media Arts Program. This scholarship will be awarded to an NJCU Media Arts student, who is deemed ambitious and possessing a genuine talent for and a love of their craft. This scholarship requires no application as candidates are directly selected by the Media Arts Department. 

    Nursing Scholarship

    This annual scholarship is presented to a nursing student to help supplement the cost of educational supplies, including books. Academic achievement and financial need are the basis for determining the recipient of this award. Eligible student(s) must have a GPA of 3.5; maintain membership in a community organization and/or professional organization. Participation in other departmental committees and/or professional nursing clubs is preferred. Eligible student(s) must have two (2) references: a professional reference and a faculty reference. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the Nursing Department. 

    Odessa Chambliss Quality of Life Fund

    This scholarship was established in honor of Odessa Chambliss, matriarch of a large family, known as a compassionate and nurturing person who worked as a healthcare professional for more than 30 years. Upon her death in 1996, the Odessa Chambliss family determined to honor he life by establishing an endowed scholarship in her name. The purpose is to assist deserving and able students enrolled in the University’s Department of Nursing. These funds are to be used to the maximum extent possible and awarded to nursing students maintaining a satisfactory GPA (2.5/3.0), who show a financial need and are a resident of Jersey City. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the Chair of the Nursing Department. 

    Pay It Forward Book Fund

    This fund will provide financial support for books who any student who is not eligible for a book waiver as determined by the Bursar’s Office. The Dean of Students will select the recipient(s) of the book fund vouchers through a review of applications. Although not guaranteed, the funds are renewable each year as long as the recipient(s) remain enrolled in NJCU. Each book fund recipient will be asked to watch the movie Pay It Forward and sign a pledge to contribute to the support of future students at NJCU, when and if they become financially able to do so. Applicants for the Pay It Forward Book Fund are not eligible for University book vouchers. Applicants shall have a 2.0 GPA or better, and must not be on academic probation. Eligible applicants may be full-time (with eight [8] or more credits) or part-time (up to four [4] credits), with individual awards prorated based on their status. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the Dean of Students. 

    Peter Weiss Journalism Scholarship

    This scholarship is established by family and friends to commemorate Peter Weiss’s work in journalism as the longtime publisher of The Jersey Journal. Two scholarship are awarded each year to freshmen students enrolled at NJCU who have shown an interest and expertise in journalism. Successful candidates must demonstrate an interest in journalism as a career, possess a cumulative 2.4 grade-point average, and have participated in the school newspaper or any other campus medium. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the Journalism Faculty.  

    Prentice Whitlock Math Award

    This award is given to a graduating senior who has a strong academic record and who has given service to the Mathematics Department. The recipient should be planning to enter graduate school, or majoring in Mathematics or Computer Science. This award will be given to the eligible student upon confirmation of graduation clearance. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the Mathematics Department.  

    Ruth Hagan Scholarship

    This scholarship is for Special Education students who are entering or presently enrolled at NJCU. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the Dean of the College of Education. 

    Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) Scholarship

    Established by Chapter 15 (Newark) of SCORE, this scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior Business Administration major who has an excellent academic record and has demonstrated service to the University community. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the Dean of the College of Professional Studies in consultation with the Business Department Faculty. 

    Sister Joan Steans Scholarship

    Established by friends and colleagues of professor of Art Sister Joan Steans (retired), this scholarship is given annually to a sophomore or junior Art major that is in good academic standing, and who demonstrates persistence, promise, and drive. This scholarship requires no application as candidates are nominated and directly selected by the Art Department Faculty. 

    Teresa A. Areniello Scholarship

    This scholarship will be awarded twice a year to female undergraduate student(s) who are enrolled at NJCU. The applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and have financial need. Students on full financial aid are ineligible to apply for this scholarship. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the Speicher-Rubin Women’s Center. 

    Thomas H. Kean Scholarship

    This annual scholarship is funded at the discretion of the Garden State Arts Foundation. An eligible student must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of New Jersey who is pursuing an undergraduate degree in the performing arts (Theatre, Music, Dance, etc.), and who has completed a minimum of sixty (60) credits for the upcoming term (defined as the semester immediately following the award). Prior recipients of the Thomas H. Kean Scholarship are ineligible for this award. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the Scholarship Coordinator in the Financial Aid Office. The Garden State Arts Foundation will review the recommended candidate and make the final determination regarding the award recipient.  

    Tom Reiss Scholarship

    Established by his family and friends, in memory of Tom Reiss, this scholarship will be awarded each year to two students. A portion of the funds will be used as a juried award presented to an outstanding high school photographer who has submitted work to the Art Department’s High School Art Exhibition. A second award will be made to a student majoring in Art or Photography, who has demonstrated an interest in completing a worthwhile project related to art, education, or the environment, that could not be completed without this money. These students must submit project proposals to the Chair of the Art Department. The value of the project will be a primary consideration in recommending a worthy candidate. Both awards will be made based on recommendations by Art Department Faculty. 

    Will Hayes Graduate Fellowship

    Established in 1992 by Will Hayes (’36), this fellowship is awarded annually to an NJCU graduate student who demonstrates need and promise as a full-time student in the Master’s Program in Education. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation for award will be made by the Scholarship Committee in consultation with the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Dean of the College of Education. 

    Ziccardi Art Fund

    This fund is established by Karen Myers Ziccardi, alumnae (1968). The Ziccardi Art Fund will provide financial support for students in the Art Program. Students will submit portfolio work to Karen Myers Ziccardi and from the applicants, three will be awarded first-, second-, and third-place awards according to the breakdown provided by the donor. Submission of portfolio work is to be coordinated with the Chair of the Art Department.