$164k in Scholarships Support Student Success

Bergen Community College held its Scholarship Awards event on the campus in Paramus on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. / Russ DeSantis Photography and Video, LLC

Donors such as Bergen Community College Foundation board member Philip and Kathleen Ciarco provided $163,875 for students.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Bergen Community College Foundation awarded $163,875 in scholarships to 123 students during a May 3 ceremony at the institution’s main campus, providing critical financial support to help them continue toward earning a degree.

Students become eligible for scholarships by achieving various academic and demographic benchmarks assigned to each award. The Foundation leads the application and disbursement process, which has totaled nearly $20 million since its inception in 1982. Contributions to the Foundation can be made at tinyurl.com/GiveBergen or by calling (201) 447-7117.

Spring 2017 scholarship recipients, by hometown:

Andover

Geraldine Mae Lua – Delta Dental Foundation, Inc., $1,000

Belleville

Xaymaraliz Dumeng – Diana Oquendo MD Scholarship, $1,000

Bergenfield

Dawn Recuerdo – Helen Haber Fund, $500

Bogota

Rolando Flores – Michael J. Esposito Restricted Scholarship, $2,000

Carlstadt

Vincent Tattoli – PSE&G STEM Scholarship, $1,500

Nicolette Filippone – Southpole Foundation Scholarship, $1,500

Cliffside Park

Evelyn Navarro Salazar – Alumni Network BCC Scholarship, $1,000

Svetlana Balotska – Delta Dental Foundation, Inc., $1,000

Silvia Maresca – Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship, $1,500

Yenny Masmela – Leo Foundation Endowed Scholarship, $1,000

Michael Comas – Ombogo School Scholarship, $376

Sequioa Moran – Stephen Gold Memorial Scholarship, $500

Sibora  Peca – Steven & Lynn Novak Scholarship, $1,000

Daniella Naymeddin – Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation Scholarship, $2,000

Clifton

Takashi Yashiro – PSE&G STEM Scholarship, $1,500

Merve Tig – Seymour Lewis Biology Scholarship, $1,000

Kushal Swami – Verizon Scholarship, $1,000

Closter

Andressa Amaral Rafael – Dr. Bernard Casella Scholarship, $1,000

Maria El Haj – Holly Schepisi Scholarship, $500

Cresskill

Caroline Sabsoul Moreno – Ciarco Family Scholarship, $1,000

Jagerynn Verano – Prof. Robert Neil Ender Memorial Mathematics Scholarship, $3,000

Pamela Brignoni – Southpole Foundation Scholarship, $1,500

Denville Erica Garcia  – Delta Dental Foundation, Inc., $1,000

Dumont

Amanda-Rachel Garcia – Ciarco Family Scholarship, $1,000

East Rutherford

Doruk Aslan – Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation Scholarship, $2,000

Edgewater

Saori Kikuchi – SUEZ NJ Scholarship, $1,000

Elmwood Park

Kelly Nutile – Delta Dental Foundation, Inc., $1,000

Klaudia Chmura – Michael Orlando Memorial Scholarship, $500

Claudia Smagacz – Dr. Bernard Casella Scholarship, $1,000

Chinomso Kanu – Traphagen Family Scholarship, $1,500

Englewood

Joseph Bell – Michael J. Esposito Restricted Scholarship, $2,000

Rejare Reid – Ombogo School Scholarship, $879

Joseph Sanchez – Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation Scholarship, $2,500

Sara Grant – Southpole Foundation Scholarship, $1,500

Yookyeong Sim – Southpole Foundation Scholarship, $1,500

Fair Lawn

Natalie Tomakh – Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation Scholarship, $2,000

Matthew Khowong – Prof. Robert Neil Ender Memorial Computer Science Scholarship, $1,000

Tamar Eskenazi – Stephen Gold Memorial Scholarship, $500

Fairview

Doreta Biba – Anthony Schepisi Memorial Fund, $1,000

Fort Lee

June Cutrupi – Gourmet Dining Scholarship Fund – Hospitality, $2,000

Garfield

Jelena Melnichenko – Bogota Savings Bank Scholarship, $1,000

Alison Almiron – Dr. Bernard Casella Scholarship, $1,000

Isaac Reyes – Dr. Bernard Casella Scholarship, $1,000

Michael Villafranca – Ethel Burns Scholarship, $500

Fatbardha Kapo – Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation Scholarship, $2,000

Pedro Ugarte-Varon – Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation Scholarship, $2,000

Zhane Ball – Philip Begonja Memorial Foundation Scholarship, $2,500

Elda Pere – Prof. Robert Neil Ender Memorial Mathematics Scholarship, $3,000

Anthony Penna – Wilmington Trust, An M&T Company Scholarship, $1,000

Hackensack

Oswaldo Fernandez – Ciarco Family Scholarship, $1,000

Bryan Medal – David &May Bogen Scholarship, $1,000

Samuel Azner – David A. Gille Memorial Nursing Scholarship, $1,500

Juleen Reid – Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation Scholarship, $2,000

Georgina Reid – Paul David Walter Memorial Scholarship, $1,000

Tammy Woodard – R2D2 Scholarship, $1,500

Rayyan Islam – Wilmington Trust, An M&T Company Scholarship , $1,000

Hamberg

Andreanna Nordland – Suzanne “Pooh” Helff Fund, $2,000

Harrington Park

David Wang – B. Kaye Walter and Philip J. Ciarco Emerging CC Leadership Scholarship, $500

Hawthorne

Gabriela Correa – Gourmet Dining Scholarship Fund – Hospitality, $2,000

Hillsdale

Mary Mortensen – Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation Scholarship, $2,500

Liam Caruth – SUEZ NJ Scholarship, $1,000

Jersey City

Amine Ahmiri – Ethel Burns Scholarship, $500

Kearny

Mike Rodriguez – Alumni Network BCC Scholarship, $1,000

Lorena Iglesias – Dr. Bernard Casella Scholarship, $1,000

Erin Moran – Stryker Orthopaedics Restricted Scholarship, $1,500

Lodi

Armela Mahilaj – Ciarco Family Scholarship  , $1,000

Kayla Romero – College Club of Ridgewood, $1,000

Hetkumar Patel – Indian Americans of Paramus Scholarship  , $1,000

Anthony Horta – Michael J. Esposito Restricted Scholarship , $2,000

Remila Jasharllari – R2D2 Scholarship, $1,500

Sulaiman Sesay – Robert Hekemian Scholarship, $1,000

Nicole  Cacciatore – Southpole Foundation Scholarship, $1,500

Lyndhurst

Betania Martins DaCosta – Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation Scholarship, $2,500

Mahwah

Zachary Alba – Molly & Daniel Hekemian Scholarship, $850

Monroe, New York

Stephanie DeSilva – John MacQuaide Memorial Scholarship, $1,500

Moonachie

Amy Alexander – Dr. Bernard Casella Scholarship, $1,000

New Milford

Keanu Carbon – Hamm Family Scholarship, $1,000

Erna Kajayan – Reverend Carnig Antranik Hallajian Endowed Scholarship, $1,500

North Arlington

Lara Esteves-Teixeira  – Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation Scholarship, $2,000

North Bergen

Alexander Cuervo – Alumni Network BCC Scholarship, $1,000

North Haledon

Elton Ndreu – Red Fox Scholarship Fund, $1,000

Nutley

Ekaterina Knyazeva – Alumni Network BCC Scholarship, $1,000

Victoria Christopher – Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship, $1,500

Jesse Kent – PSE&G STEM Scholarship, $1,500

Hannah Benjamin – Verizon Scholarship, $1,000

Oakland

Lisa Marie Bioletti – William M. Orr Endowment, $1,500

Palisades Park

Lila Nikou – Ciarco Family Scholarship, $1,000

Elizabeth Ramirez – Dr. Bernard Casella Scholarship, $1,000

Stephanie Rim – Lakeland Bank Scholarship, $2,000

SeongYeol Park – Lester Bogen Fund Scholarship, $1,000

Tatenda Samakande – Molly & Daniel Hekemian Scholarship, $850

Paramus

Charles Barreto – Ciarco Family Scholarship, $1,000

Claudia Tona VillaCorta – Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation Scholarship, $2,000

Sihane Lita – Tolve Hospitality/Culinary Arts Scholarship, $1,000

Paterson

Ashley Viera – Ciarco Family Scholarship, $1,000

Ramapo

Shira Bunick – Delta Dental Foundation, Inc. , $1,000

Ramsey

David  Hunter – Meadowlands Scholarship for Historical Study, $500

Ridgefield

Hafsa Oksuz – Alumni Network BCC Scholarship, $1,000

Sung Bong Kim – Gourmet Dining Scholarship Fund – Hospitality, $2,000

Ridgewood

Roberta Gasparic – Audrey Stephan Endowed Nursing Scholarship, $1,250

Christina Brigliadoro – Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation Scholarship, $2,500

Ringwood

Anthony Ghattas – Dill Family Scholarship, $1,580

River Vale

Un Yung Kim – Maura Soehnlein Memorial Scholarship, $1,500

Rochelle Park

Shijil Philip – Stryker Orthopaedics Restricted Scholarship, $1,500

Rutherford

Jaclyn Fitzpatrick – Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation Scholarship, $2,000

Suffern, New York

Gail Fernandez, B. Kaye Walter and Philip J. Ciarco Emerging CC Leadership Scholarship, $500

Olena Yemtchuk, Delta Dental Foundation, Inc., $1,000

Teaneck

Kristine Kim – Ciarco Family Scholarship, $1,000

Maria Lancheros – David &May Bogen Scholarship, $1,000

Brycen Gaines – Jeremiah & Yolanda Ciancia Foundation Endowed, $1,000

Kyoungha Lee – Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation Scholarship, $2,000

Tenafly

Eleonora Tatazi – Ciarco Family Scholarship, $1,000

Waldwick

Shelley Capener – Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation Scholarship, $2,500

Wallington

Monika Klimas – Alumni Network Nursing Scholarship, $500

Washington Township

Andrea Solimando – Delta Dental Foundation, Inc., $1,000

Wayne

Hannah Tallorin – Delta Dental Foundation, Inc., $1,000

Yousif Shamil – Robert Hekemian Scholarship, $1,000

West New York

Yhorman Prieto – Ciarco Family Scholarship , $1,000

Westwood

Keera Williams – Leo Foundation Endowed Scholarship, $1,000

Wood Ridge

Maryam Echreshzadeh – Ciarco Family Scholarship, $1,000

Woodland Park

Rafiullah Naveed – Louis Girshon Memorial Endowed Scholarship, $1,500

Wyckoff

Lyndsey Sanford – Ciarco Family Scholarship, $1,000

 

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls 15,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

# # #