Meet the 2016 Merit Scholars

Princess Ezra Abardo

Hudson County Community College

Mathematics

Princess Ezra Abard of Jersey City is awarded a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by Montclair State University. Princess Ezra is a student at Hudson County Community College studying Mathematics with a 3.9 GPA. She is currently a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, she also volunteers tutoring physics, chemistry and pre-calculus.   After college Princess Ezra hopes to pursue a graduate degree in either Mathematics or Engineering.

 

Shari Acosta

Hudson County Community College

Nursing

Shari Acosta of North Bergen is awarded a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by Celgene. Shari is a student at Hudson County Community College studying Nursing with a 3.8 GPA. She is currently a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and also volunteers with local church communities to feed the homeless.   After college Shari hopes to pursue a career in nursing.

 

Osayd Alchorbaji

Passaic County Community College

Graphic Design

Osayd Alchorbaji of Paterson is awarded a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by the Research & Development Council of New Jersey. Osayd is a student at Passaic County Community College studying Graphic Design. After college Osayd plans to enter a career in computer animation and graphic design.

 

Chizoba Amuchie

Bergen Community College

Natural Sciences & Math

Chizoba Amuchie of Paterson is awarded a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by Montclair State University. Chizoba is a student at Bergen Community College studying Natural Sciences & Math. She is currently a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the African Student Union. After graduating Chizoba will pursue a doctorate degree in pharmacy.

 

 

Rosemary Anibogwu

Union County College

Engineering

Rosemary Anibogwu of Rahway is awarded a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by ExxonMobil. Rosemary is a student at Union County College studying Engineering. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and volunteers as a tutor in the Bridges to Baccalaureate program. After college Rosemary plans to pursue a career as an environmental engineer.

 

Michael Barlow

Bergen Community College

Nursing

Michael Barlow of Bergenfield is awarded a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by DePuy Synthes, a Johnson & Johnson Company. Michael is a student at Bergen Community College (BCC) studying Nursing with a 3.8 GPA. He is the Vice President of the BCC chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, he also volunteers with the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program and coaches youth teams with the Police Athletic League.   After college Michael hopes to conduct public health research on infectious diseases.

 

Nathaniel Bayot

Union County College

Civil Engineering

Nathaniel Bayot of Roselle Park is awarded a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by Merck & Co. Nathaniel is a student at Union County College studying Civil Engineering with a 3.9 GPA. He is a member of the Math Club and the Filapino Club (TROPA). After college Nathaniel plans to pursue a career as a civil engineer.

 

Michael DeJesus

Union County College

Nursing

Michael DeJesus of Springfield is awarded with a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by DePuy Synthes, a Johnson & Johnson Company. Michael is a student at Union County College

studying Nursing with a 4.0 GPA. He is a member of the Cranford EMT Squad and works as a Nursing Assistant at Morristown Medical Center. Michael plans to pursue a CRNA license and work in an Intensive Care Unit.

 

Shreya Gandi

Middlesex County College

Biotechnology

Shreya Gandi of Piscataway is awarded a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by Merck & Co. Shreya is a student at Middlesex County College studying Biotechnology with a 4.0 GPA. Shreya is currently a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as well as the Biological Society and the Book Club. After college she plans to attend medical school and specialize in immunology.

 

Hugo Iglesias

Hudson County Community College

Engineering Science

Hugo Iglesias of Union City is awarded a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by DePuy Synthes, a Johnson & Johnson Company. Hugo is a student at Hudson County Community College studying Engineering Science with a 3.9 GPA. He is a currently a member of Student Government as well as both the Sigma Kappa Delta and Phi Theta Kappa Honors Societies. Hugo is committed to mentoring future STEM students as he continues his education.

 

Muhammed Izeiroski

Passaic County Community College

Computer Science

Muhammed Izeiroski of Clifton is awarded a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by Casabona Ventures. Muhammed is a student at Passaic County Community College studying Computer Science. He is a currently a member of the Poetry Club as well as the Modern Visual Culture Club. After college Muhammed will pursue a career in computer programming.

 

 

Chinyere Kalu

Camden County College

Nursing

Chinyere Kalu of Lindenwood is awarded a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by Celgene. Chinyere is a student at Camden County College (CCC) studying Nursing. She is currently a member of the CCC Chemistry Society and the student newspaper. After College Chinyere will pursue a career in nursing.

 

 

Jae Ko

Passaic County Community College

Biology

Jae Ko of Haskell is awarded a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by Merck & Co. Jae is a student at Passaic County Community College studying Biology. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society as well as her school’s STEM and Science clubs. After graduation Jae intends to pursue a graduate degree in medicine.

 

Paola Lemonier

Passaic County Community College

Graphic Design

Paola Lemonier of Passaic is awarded a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by DePuy Synthes, a Johnson & Johnson Company. Paola is a student at Passaic County Community College studying Graphic Design. After college Paola will pursue a career in Graphic Design and Photography.

 

Favor Nwandu

Camden County College

Nursing

Favour Nwandu of Atco is awarded a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by Merck & Co. Favour is a student at Camden County College studying Nursing. After college Favour will pursue a graduate degree in nursing focused on psychiatric and mental health.

 

Alejandro Yohan Soriano

Union County College

Engineering-Electrical

Alejandro Yohan Soriano of Roselle is awarded a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by the Research & Development Council of New Jersey. He is a student at Union County College studying Engineering-Electrical. Alejandro is a member of the Bridges to Baccalaureate program and tutors other students in math. After college Alejandro intends to enter a career in telecommunications.

 

Jason Stefanik

Union County College

Chemistry

Jason Stefanik of Union is awarded with a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by DePuy Synthes, a

Johnson & Johnson Company. He is a student at Union County College studying Chemistry. Jason is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society as well as the American Honors Program where he serves as a program ambassador. After college Jason will pursue a Masters in Chemical Engineering.

 

Melissa Synsmir

Union County College

Chemistry

Melissa Synsmir of Montclair is awarded a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by DePuy Synthes, a Johnson & Johnson Company. She is a student at Union County College studying Chemistry. Melissa is currently a member of the Bridges to Baccalaureate program and the American Honors Program where she serves as a program ambassador.

 

James Tietchu

Hudson County Community College

Computer Science

James Tietchu of Jersey City is awarded a 2016 Merit Scholarship sponsored by the Research & Development Council of New Jersey. He is a student at Hudson County Community College studying Computer Science with a 3.8 GPA. He is currently a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, Bridges to Baccalaureate and the National Society of Leadership and Success. After graduating Ja