Scholarship contributions—whether endowed or given annually—literally change lives.

Each year, hundreds of William Paterson students receive support from generous alumni and friends in the form of scholarships.  These scholarships enable students to devote time and energy to the academic and extra-curricular activities that contribute to a well-balanced and fulfilling college education and that will serve them in the professional lives they pursue after graduation.

Each year, however, the need grows.  The average William Paterson student graduates approximately $28,000 in debt, because even though more than 80% of William Paterson students receive some form of financial aid, the number of students receiving loans is nearly three times the number of students receiving scholarships.  Scholarships reduce loan debt and help make it possible for young alumni to more quickly reach the milestones of post-graduate life, such as purchasing a home, starting and supporting a family, and saving for the future.

Click here to see a list of this year’s scholarship awards and the incredible donors who helped make them possible.

Interested in being on that list next year?  Click here to make your gift now or contact Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Donor Relations Manager, for more information or with questions about our scholarship program: 973.720.3811 or

In addition to being recognized in various University publications, scholarship donors will learn about their recipients and have the opportunity to meet them at our annual Scholarship Dinner.  Click here for pictures of last year’s dinner.

William Paterson University Scholarship Recipients

MarioMario Benitez ’15
Elementary Education • Middle School Education
Integrated Math and Science • Environmental Science
College of Education • College of Science and Health

Mario transferred to William Paterson after earning his Associate degree in Liberal Arts and Humanities at Passaic County Community College. In addition to maintaining a solid academic record, Mario has an impressive philanthropic record: he has completed over 4,000 hours of national service for AmeriCorps and was awarded the 2009 Paterson Education Fund Volunteer of the Year. Additionally, Mario was a Peer Academic Leader on campus.

AureaAurea Jane De Leon
College of Science and Health

Aurea Jane maintains an outstanding grade point average and frequently appears on the Dean’s List. She is very involved in campus activities, and has been a member of the Pioneer Leadership Institute, the Peer Health Advocates, the Student Alumni Council, the Biology and Biotechnology Club, and the Psychology Club. Additionally, Aurea Jane has volunteered at the Preakness Healthcare Center, the Father English Community Center, Christ Hospital, and St. Ann’s Nursing Home.

AdrianAdrian Huerta
Financial Planning and Economics
Cotsakos College of Business

Adrian has been named to the Dean’s List nearly every semester as a result of his exemplary grade point average. On campus, Adrian is a member of the Financial Planning Association and anticipates taking on a leadership position with that organization in the future.  Off campus, he volunteers and works part-time.  He is a graduate of the Passaic County Technical Institute and the first in his immediate family to pursue higher education.

ShaneShane Keating
Communication • Media Production
College of Arts and Communication

In addition to maintaining an impressive grade point average which regularly puts him on the Dean’s List, Shane is very involved in campus activities.  He has served as the Vice President and is a regular Producer for WPTV-6, and he is a member of the Pioneer Players, the Student Film Association, and WPSC 88.7FM. He has earned two Maltese Awards for excellence in video production and has won first- and second-place titles in the annual Hourglass Competition sponsored by the Student Film Association.

JoshuaJoshua Morovan
Music • Jazz/Classical Performance
College of Arts and Communication

Joshua is an Honors College student currently at work on his senior thesis in the Performing and Literary Arts track. He has performed with numerous university ensembles and is active off campus with his church’s youth group.  He also holds several part-time positions, including as a guitar instructor.

LuckenLucken Norzil ’15
Finance and Professional Sales
Cotsakos College of Business

Originally a Biology major, Lucken has really found his niche in Business and demonstrated academic promise in that major with a notable grade point average. On campus, Lucken was a member of the Haitian American Student Association and a volunteer for the WPUNJ Mentoring Network. He was also involved in the All Stars Project of NJ, a philanthropic organization that uses the power of performance to positively influence youth in impoverished neighborhoods.

AdonisAdonis Rivie '15
College of Sciences and Health

While an undergraduate at William Paterson, Adonis held himself to high academic standards and was a regular on the Dean’s List as a result. He completed an independent study project that examined the oxidative stress experienced by tadpoles when they regenerate their tails. Adonis was also recognized at the 2014 Emerging Researchers’ National Conference in Washington, D.C., winning 2nd place in the Physiology category. On campus, he was a member of the Biology and Chemistry Clubs, while off campus he volunteers for the Newark 50 Project, which donates toiletries, food, and housing to the homeless.

NicoletteNicolette Sebes
Mathematics and Secondary Education
College of Science and Health and College of Education

In addition to being an outstanding student, Nicolette is very involved with the Equestrian Club and has served of the vice president and treasurer of that organization, in addition to participating in regional horse shows. She is the treasurer of the Math Club and has worked as a tutor in the University’s Math Learning Center.  Nicolette also volunteers as a Girl Scout mentor.

StephanieStephanie Shand ’15
Financial Planning
Cotsakos College of Business

Stephanie matriculated at William Paterson after earning an Associate degree at Middlesex County College.  While here, she was active with the Accounting Society and the Financial Planning Association and was employed on campus.  Stephanie was also selected to be a student participant of at the exclusive, invitation-only Schwab IMPACT conference..



For more information on our scholarship programs or to make a gift, please contact Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Manager, Donor Relations at 973.720.3811 or