Partnerships through scholarships — either through endowment or permanent gifts or for a term of years — literally change lives.

Over the last five years, close to $2.8 million has been awarded to more than 700 students. Every year the need increases. In addition, approximately 90 percent of our students need some financial support in the form of scholarships or loans while also working full- or part-time.

Click here for a comprehensive listing of Scholarships and Awards offered through the University Foundation.

Partners who have a keen understanding of the importance of scholarship assistance are integral to the University’s ongoing ability to support talented individuals as they pursue success in their professional, personal, and civic lives.

Every year, at the University's annual scholarship reception, generous donors and scholarship recipients have an opportunity to meet each other.

William Paterson University Scholarship Recipients

MichaelMichael Calabro '14
Fine Arts/Concentration in Oil Painting
College of Arts and Communication

Non-traditional student Michael Calabro shows talent both in the classroom and studio. He will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a concentration in Oil Painting, and excellent grade point average, and a perfect Dean's List record - he has been named to it every semester since he transferred to William Paterson from Bergen Community College at the beginning of his sophomore year. Michael is a member of the Student Art Association and the Pioneer Men's Golf Team. Off campus, he works nearly full-time at a local design firm. Michael was recommended for scholarship support by Professor of Fine Arts Charles Magistro.

MatthewMatthew Cohen '14
Financial Planning
Cotsakos College of Business

This spring, Matthew Cohen will complete a degree in Financial Planning; he has previously received an Associate degree from Johnson & Wales University. Matthew is attending William Paterson part-time as he works full-time as a professional associate with a well-known financial firm. He is also a full-time husband and father. Despite the competition for his time these activities provide, he maintains a very respectable grade point average and is an active member of the University's student chapter of the Financial Planning Association. Dr.Luke Dean, that club's advisor and Assistant Professor of Financial Planning, commended both Matthew's ability to balance his studies with his personal and professional lives and the extent to which he uses his professional experience to augment class discussions and help his peers.

MarilynMarilyn DeFalco '14
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Marilyn DeFalco is a non-traditional senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She is a single mother who works part-time while attending William Paterson as a full-time student. Following her graduation this year, she hopes to pursue a Master's degree in social work and become a certified drug and alcohol counselor. She currently volunteers at a county correctional facility, where she aids prisoners in their efforts to recover from addiction.

KaitlynKaitlyn Masters '14
Communication/Theater and Comedy
College of Arts and Communication

Since her transfer to William Paterson University for the Fall 2011 semester, Kaitlyn Masters has shown herself to be an exceptional student and actress. She will receive a degree in Communication concentrated in Theater and Comedy this January after four straight semesters maintaining Dean's List status and a near-perfect grade point average. She was also a member of the Intramural Volleyball Team and involved in several theater productions on campus.

This past semester Kaitlyn took on the task of directing the annual presentation of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, as part of the international event V-day which raises awareness and money to combat violence against women and girls. In keeping with her love of comedy, she gave the production a circus concept that juxtaposed most poignantly with the serious nature of the women's stories of abuse.

WesleyWesley Ostrzycki '14
Athletic Training
College of Science and Health

Wesley Ostrzycki transferred to William Paterson from Monmouth University in the fall of 2011 to pursue a degree in Athletic Training. At both universities he was a Dean's List student and a member of the Men's Soccer Team. He is an active volunteer on and off campus and also works part-time. Wesley's plans for the future include attaining a doctorate in Physical Therapy and working as the rehabilitation coordinator for an athletic team.

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