Senior Class Gift Scholarship
Diana Cotto '11
While attending William Paterson University, Ms. Cotto consistently appeared on the Dean’s List and was inducted into Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. She was involved in the National Society of Leadership and Success and the LGBTQA Safe Space Program, and was also a member of the Feminist Collective, Students Against Violence, and Chosen, the Gay/Straight Alliance.
In addition to being a full-time student, Ms. Cotto was also a full-time mother and employee while attending William Paterson. She decided to return to school in part to express to her son the importance of education. As the first in her family to complete an undergraduate degree, she says she wanted to instill in her son the same ambition, motivation, fulfillment, and sense of accomplishment she developed through the opportunities afforded to her at the University. William Paterson taught her to strive for success, no matter the circumstances.
Deborah Lauren Kendrick '12
The seventh of eight children, Ms. Kendrick was born in Paterson, but grew up in Passaic. Upon graduating high school, she relocated to California for twenty years. Though she worked primarily in the entertainment industry, she always found herself involved with children. She discovered her destiny when she returned to New Jersey to follow in the footsteps of her mother, Mazie Kendrick, a teacher for thirty-eight years.
After completing her associate’s degree at Chaffey Community College, Ms. Kendrick determined that William Paterson University would be the perfect fit for her. Majoring in elementary education and psychology, she graduates this year with certifications in elementary education and special education. She wants to teach students with learning disabilities and eventually become a school psychologist after earning master’s degrees in psychology and education.
Destinymarie Richardson '13
After graduating from high school in Jersey City, Ms. Richardson took advantage of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) to enroll at William Paterson University, where she not only has become involved with the Student Government Association, but has served as both the vice president and executive vice president of the residence hall association. She has also been inducted into Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Incorporated and the EOF Honor Society Beta Zetz Chapter, Chi Alpha Epsilon, and has been recognized in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
In addition to her academic and social activities, Ms. Richardson has held down two jobs on campus while maintaining a GPA above 3.0. Significant sources of inspiration include her mother, Iris Alicea, and two high school English teachers, Mr. Conroy and Miss Cardounell. Her mother has always supported anything she set her heart on while her teachers, who opened her eyes to the world of language and literature, told her that she could become a great writer, and inspired her love of writing.
Laura Jo Rieske '12
Ms. Rieske is a William Paterson University senior, and is working towards a dual degree in mathematics and secondary education. Having made the Dean’s List every semester, she has a 3.78 GPA. As a member of the Honors College, she has spent the past three semesters in the Honors cognitive science track. She is a student assistant in the Honors College office, a member of the Honors Club, and a resident assistant in the residence hall for Honors College students. She is also a member of the math honors society and a recipient of the Who’s Who Award.
Ms. Rieske believes that much of her achievement can be attributed to finding a perfect fit in William Paterson. During her college search, she knew that she needed to choose an institution dedicated to growth and excellence. After her first time on campus, she realized that the University was right for her.
Nicholas Scheibner '11
Since he was a freshman, Mr. Scheibner fully involved himself in the William Paterson community. In his first year, he joined Sigma Pi Fraternity International and the Global Financial Services Institute’s (GFSI) student-managed portfolio program. As a sophomore, he received the Provident Bank Scholarship and an Alumni Scholar Award, which enabled him to not only focus on his studies, but to become class president and to work as a GFSI student technology consultant. This position helped him to become a junior analyst for the portfolio program.
In his junior year, he joined the newly accredited financial planning program. He also became a member of the career development committee of the New Jersey chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) for which he informed fellow students about internships and careers.
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