Bergen Community College Foundation Awards Scholarships Totaling More than $227,000 at Annual Ceremony

The Bergen Community College Foundation awarded 160 scholarships to Bergen students totaling more than $185,000 at the Foundation’s 11th annual scholarship awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 in the Moses Family Meeting and Training Center on the College’s main campus in Paramus.

The event, which brought student scholarship winners and donors together to network, recognized the achievements of Bergen students from different disciplines, cultures and backgrounds. Scholarships are awarded to students based on both merit and financial need.

The Foundation also recognized another 30 students who received awards totaling close to $42,000 during the fall 2010 semester and the spring 2011 semester.

“We are tapping into the reservoir of good will for the College,” said Bergen Community College President Dr. G. Jeremiah Ryan. “Many of our students are in financial need even though they may not qualify for financial aid.” Dr. Ryan also thanked the College’s donors and the community for their support of Bergen.

“This is the best feel-good day we have at the College, outside of graduation,” said Phil Ciarco, member of both the Bergen Community College Board of Trustees and the College’s Foundation Board of Directors. Mr. Ciarco served as the emcee for the ceremony.

Bergen student Brendan Walsh, of Lyndhurst, received the Moses Family Scholarship, which is awarded to students who have completed two semesters at Bergen, with a minimum of 18 credits and a grade point average of 3.8 or greater. Mr. Walsh is an ex-Marine and has been involved in various student productions on campus.

He credits the College for his academic success. “When I came to Bergen, my expectation was to just get through it. Now, I have a very high grade point average. Different universities that I never thought I would be able to get into when I was in high school are suddenly a possibility, and with scholarships.”

Danielle DiBello, of Saddle Brook, was awarded the Arline Simpson ReachOut Scholarship, for a female student with a disability, who has demonstrated a strong commitment towards giving back to the community, as well as the Ethel Burns Endowed Scholarship for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

A legally blind student, Ms. DiBello plans to pursue a career in music. “Bergen has given me so many opportunities and made me realize that, as a legally blind individual, I can make it in the world. I can compete,” she said during a recent interview.

Aysha Mubasher, of Lodi, received the Ethel Pelletiere Scholarship, for a woman with children who is returning to or just entering college and is majoring in accounting. Ms. Mubasher is originally from Pakistan and moved to the United States to be closer to her family. She is majoring in accounting at Bergen and plans to continue her education at a four-year institution.

“For me this scholarship is not just a financial help, but a matter of great pride,” she said. “It gives me confidence and my family is very proud of me.”

Since its inception 29 years ago, the Foundation has raised $19 million to support the students, faculty and staff, and to fund construction and special projects and programs at Bergen. In the past 5 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $785,000 in scholarships.

Included below is a complete listing of the scholarship winners and their hometowns.


Alane U. Roxas – Alumni Network Scholarship Omar Gurban – BCC General Scholarship Remaly L. Reyes – BCC General Scholarship Rhama L. Reyes – The Rink Scholarship Juliana Scuttaro - Alumni Network Scholarship Adam S. Demarchi – Nick Anagnostakos Endowed Nursing Scholarship Nicole Calore – Dr. Richard D. Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Christopher T. McCourt - OritaniBank Charitable Foundation Scholarship Regine L. Reyes – Bogota Savings Bank Scholarship


Luis E. Rivera - Ciarco Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship Stephanie Perine - Hamm Family Scholarship Michaela Hayes – Steven D. Olensky Memorial Scholarship

Cliffside Park

Bayan D. Khalil – Alumni Network Scholarship Kathleen L. Cano – Marian ‘Mona’ Dolecki Endowed Scholarship


Jaime N. Torley – The Donald and Joan Gordon Murko Veterinary Technology Scholarship Roxana M. Navarro – Alumni Network Scholarship

Closter Dennis J. Semsey – Jacob “Jack” Fisher Horticulture Scholarship


Joyce C. Becker – Khym Foundation Scholarship


Jessica-Anne L. Valdenarro - Red Fox Foundation Scholarship Gerald P. Dripchak – Michael J. Esposito Trust Scholarship Donnella A. Bruno – Quality Assurance Scholarship East Rutherford Monica L. Salguero – Kenneth Edelson Endowed Scholarship Elmwood Park Valerie M. Donovan – Red Fox Foundation Scholarship Jimmy O. Bonilla – The Rink Scholarship Michelangelo Parisi - Dr. Richard D. Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Path M. Patel – Jeremiah and Yolanda Ciancia Endowed Scholarship Sharon Evita – Arthur and Cecilia Tolve Hospitality/Culinary Arts Scholarship


Alicia R. Prettypaul – The Rink Scholarship Perpetua Romain – Jeremiah and Yolanda Ciancia Endowed Scholarship Eliezer Epstein – Gay/Lesbian Scholarship Keyani K. Robinson – Jorge Blanco Memorial Scholarship and William F. Coggie Endowed Scholarship and the BCC General Scholarship Jessica L. Robinson – William F. Coggie Endowed Scholarship

Englewood Cliffs

Ashumi R. Dave – Larry and Nancy Bucciarelli Scholarship Fair Lawn

Carolina Montoya – 2010 Securing Our Future Essay Contest Jorge I. Gomez Wei – Hamm Family Scholarship Michael McGuire – Catherine Quinn Ryan Scholarship

Fort Lee

Jaehee Lee – Red Fox Foundation Scholarship Melanie Molinaro - Khym Foundation Scholarship Helen F. Nunez – BCC General Scholarship Me H. Baik – William M. Orr Scholarship Myoung J. Han – Asian-American Scholarship Shiuhin Chon - OritaniBank Charitable Foundation Scholarship Cheuk-Hung Lo - OritaniBank Charitable Foundation Scholarship Garfield Anne Marie Venezia – 2010 Securing Our Future Essay Contest Jennifer D. Infante – Ciarco Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship Ernest S. Takacs - Alumni Network Scholarship Selma Becirovic – NVE Bank Scholarship Donna Paredes – Barton and Foote Book Scholarship Glen Rock Julia L. Hughes – Dennis C. Miller Scholarship James L. Zuzzolo – Edreth Videtti Scholarship

Greenwood Lake

Chelsea L. Sahler - Khym Foundation Scholarship


Glenda M. Gordon – 2010 Securing Our Future Essay Contest and the Baila Zheutlin Memorial Scholarship Jerrina Hemphill – Red Fox Foundation Scholarship and College Club of Ridgewood, Inc. Scholarship Lizette Alejo – Khym Foundation Scholarship and OritaniBank Charitable Foundation Scholarship Gary N. Herbert – Alumni Network Scholarship Utam Maharaj – William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship Jackeline Kincaid – Jacob “Jack” Fisher Horticulture Scholarship Marco V. Poveda – Louis Girshon Memorial Scholarship Toha I. Poveda – PSE&G Scholarship Jerrina Hemphill – Red Fox Foundation Scholarship Lizette Alejo – Khym Foundation Scholarship Brittany N. Graves - OritaniBank Charitable Foundation Scholarship Antoinettea P. Ferrer – Jorge Blanco Memorial Scholarship Joshua Meza – Franco-Miranda Latino Excellence Scholarship

Hasbrouck Heights

Debbie Sanders – Delta Dental Foundation Scholarship Frank J. Fitzpatrick – Hamm Family Scholarship Ujaval Patel – Indian-Americans of Paramus Inc. Scholarship Parth G. Thaker – Leo Foundation Restricted Scholarship


Gabriel J. Capozzi, Jr. – Dr. Richard D. Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Hewitt Elisabeth C. Massena – Hamm Family Scholarship Highland Lakes Janet A. Feldman – Dr. Audrey Stephan Evening Nursing Scholarship


Jennifer C. Starrett – 2010 Securing Our Future Essay Contest Niambi L. Mercado - Hamm Family Scholarship Hoboken

Samantha E. Lenore – Delta Dental Foundation Scholarship Kearny Dyonne Lindsay – Ena ‘Po-Po’ Lue Scholarship Katie A. Dasilva – Securing Our Future Scholarship Lincoln Park Marissa A. Perkins - Securing Our Future Scholarship

Little Ferry

Faiz A. Najjar – BCC General Scholarship


Elis Rangel Ramos - Red Fox Foundation Scholarship Kathy Maloney – Dorothy P. Romaine Evening Nursing Scholarship Elizabeth M. Zaccone – Theresa Romano Nursing Scholarship Aysha Mubasher – Ethel Pelletier Scholarship Arny J. Zabarain - Securing Our Future Scholarship Victoria I. Nieves - OritaniBank Charitable Foundation Scholarship


Brendan R. Walsh – Moses Family Scholarship Maxx S. Cuore – Robert S. Hekemian Scholarship


Susan Biegen – Arline Simpson ReachOut Scholarship

Midland Park

Kathleen M. Granata - Dr. Richard D. Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Montvale Latoya S. Owens - Red Fox Foundation Scholarship


Ninon R. Sanguesa – Lawrence and Illana Raia Scholarship and the Stephen Gold Memorial Scholarship

New Milford

Amy S. Song – BCC General Scholarship Esmeralda Bako – Hamm Family Scholarship Joselida L. Mercado – Harold Winn Memorial Scholarship

North Bergen

Demi Corujo – Bogota Savings Bank Scholarship


Elyssa Silverstein – Alumni Network Scholarship


Jeanne A. Porter – William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship Palisades Park

Luz Salazar – Red Fox Foundation Scholarship Steven Alperovich – Paramus Tire and Service Scholarship and the Verizon Scholarship


Sofia Mark – 2010 Securing Our Future Essay Contest Noemi Kiss - 2010 Securing Our Future Essay Contest Lisa A. Lanzalotto - OritaniBank Charitable Foundation Scholarship


Amy Perlowitz - Ciarco Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Pompton Lakes

Jennifer L. Russo-Figliolino - Dr. Richard D. Ciccone Endowed Scholarship


Anjelice Piper – Wilson T. Barney Memorial Scholarship and Ciarco Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Ridgefield Park

Bibiana Restrepo – Stephen Gold Memorial Scholarship Carolina Espin - Securing Our Future Scholarship Avery J. Gordon – Baila Zheutlin Memorial Scholarship


Yelyzaveta Kalinichenko – Alumni Network Scholarship Meghann E. Robinson – Dr. Seymour Lewis Endowed Memorial Scholarship


Joan K. Becker – BCC General Scholarship

River Edge

Roberta Gasparic – Red Fox Foundation Scholarship and Securing Our Future Scholarship Michelle Frischer - Red Fox Foundation Scholarship Soon-Woo Won - Ciarco Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship Roberta Gasparic – Red Fox Foundation Scholarship


Margarita M. Valdez - Ciarco Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship Bethile Shiferaw – John H. ‘Jack’ MacQuaide Memorial Scholarship

Saddle Brook

Brian M. Uychich – Traphagen Family Scholarshi- Danielle N. Dibello – Ethel Burns Endowed Scholarship for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Arline Simpson ReachOut Scholarship

South Hackensack

Robyn A. Scholz – A.M. (Bud) D’Alessandro Endowed Memorial Scholarship


Rafael A. Rivas - Khym Foundation Scholarship Arooj Javed – Winifred M. and George P. Pitkin Foundation Scholarship Jennifer E. Schroder - Securing Our Future Scholarship Sabah Khalid - OritaniBank Charitable Foundation Scholarship


Govinda I. Mota – Alumni Network Scholarship

Totowa Rosalie Telinski - Securing Our Future Scholarship


Teolinda R. Sehuoerer – Delta Dental Foundation Scholarship Susan K. Clary – Maura Soehnlein Memorial Scholarship Jennifer Granuzzo – Catherine Quinn Ryan Scholarship


Patrycja M. Tokarz - Red Fox Foundation Scholarship Natalija Papazlatanova – Stephen Gold Memorial Scholarship

Wayne Aung K. Soe - Red Fox Foundation Scholarship and Khym Foundation Scholarship and Ciarco Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship

West New York

Lourdes Nunez – Delta Dental Foundation Scholarship Melinda M. Diaz – Columbia Savings Bank Scholarship and Joseph A. Martucci Scholarship

Wood Ridge

Helen Burzo - OritaniBank Charitable Foundation Scholarship

Woodcliff Lake

Brenda E. Boffa – Jacob Fisher Memorial Scholarship


Benjarak Meekhun – Ena ‘Po-Po’ Lue Scholarship

The Bergen Community College Foundation raises funds to support student scholarships, faculty and staff development, construction and other special projects and programs at the College. Since its 1982 inception, the Foundation has received more than $19 million in total contributions.

Bergen Community College ( based in Paramus is a public two-year coeducational college, enrolling nearly 17,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip J. 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.