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HEATHER CLAPP, BSN'20  Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health
“My experience as a child who battled and overcame a hematological disorder precipitated my interest in the nursing field — it made me want to give back and care for others. Receiving a scholarship at FDU gave me the financial means to pursue my dream of becoming a registered nurse.” 
Heather Clapp graduated cum laude with her BSN from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2020 and currently works as a nursing assistant at Morristown Medical Center’s orthopedic/trauma and spine units. From her days as a babysitter, Heather has always made the care of others her top priority. “The FDU nursing BSN program is rigorous and challenging. In addition to completing my curriculum, I took the time to learn time management skills, and balance study and work to reach my fullest potential. As a result, I received the honor of being named to the dean’s list and honors list,” she says. She was also among the first group of nursing students to travel to FDU’s Wroxton College, and was able to get a closeup look at nursing and healthcare in England. In March 2019, Heather was chosen by one of her professors, Dr. Marycarol Rossignol, to co-present a paper on Redesigning Introductory Courses in Higher Education at the eighth Annual Tri-State Best Practices Conference. Heather's future plans include working toward a master’s degree in nursing.


JANINE BROWN, BA’21  Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences
“As the Marianne S. Loeb Fellow, I have loved getting to interact with people I might not have had the opportunity to otherwise. It has really expanded my world view and appreciation for the arts.” 
Janine Brown plans to graduate in 2021 with a bachelor's degree in film and animation with a directing concentration. She is currently interning at the Morris Museum as the inaugural Marianne S. Loeb Fellow. Her main responsibilities include developing ways to engage the African-American community. “One thing I am particularly proud of is spearheading the plans for a pre-show talk between Black musicians about the African-American experience in classical music,” she says. “Additionally, over the summer, I took part in the T. Howard Foundation's professional development webinars and earned a certificate in Diversity in Media.” Janine’s goal is to become a children’s programming producer. She believes it is more imperative than ever that television professionals reach younger generations in meaningful ways. “Receiving the Marianne S. Loeb Fellowship was just the push I needed to step out of my bubble and contribute to my community in a way I never thought I’d be able to,” she said. “Working in an unfamiliar setting, like a museum, can be a little intimidating, but everyone has been so understanding and willing to help me grow.”


 IHEANYICHI AZU, BS’22  Silberman College of Business
“I believe giving back is important. I believe that the contributions we pass on to the next generation are what help them continue to improve and evolve.”
Iheanyichi Azu is currently on track to graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2022 with his bachelor’s degree in finance. He is a resident assistant on the Metropolitan Campus and is treasurer for the Black Men’s Alliance. Iheanyichi’s goals for the future include leading his own financial consulting firm. He currently consults for businesses in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. “I am honored to be awarded the John Robert and Marye Trinkle Ruzila Endowed Scholarship. This generous contribution helps my family pay for me to continue my education and words cannot express my gratitude.”


ERIN JACKSON, BA’22  Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences
“I want to succeed in a major that truly reflects my career interests and to be a part of a community where every time I step on campus it feels like I’m home.
Erin Jackson is a junior studying criminal justice with a minor in forensic psychology. She’s in the University Honors Program and a very active and engaged member of the Metropolitan Campus. She works as an admissions ambassador and an orientation team member and is vice president of the Criminal Justice Club. Meet Erin and hear how grateful she is for her scholarship and being a second-generation student at Fairleigh Dickinson University here.