Since inception, EWNJ’s unique Graduate Merit Award Program has awarded over $1.2 million in scholarship assistance to non-traditional graduate school students attending New Jersey colleges and universities. EWNJ funds these exceptional women’s scholarships to ensure new generations of women leaders.

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Graduate Merit Award application process is now open. The deadline for all online submissions is April 30, 2017.

Click here to access the online application.

EWNJ defines a non-traditional student as the following:

  • A student who returns to her studies several years after receiving her undergraduate degree
  • A student who may have completed her undergraduate degree at a later date
  • A student that changed careers and is returning to school in the process of retooling their career
  • A student that comes from a non-traditional educational or socioeconomic background

The 2016 Named Awards are:

    • RWJBarnabas Health Women’s Leadership Alliance and EWNJ President’s Scholarship awarded to Asha Martin, Doctor of Medicine, Rutgers Medical School.
    • Janssen Cardiovascular & Metabolism Award for an outstanding student in healthcare or life sciences awarded to Kathleen Montgomery, Doctor of Pharmacy & Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Fairleigh Dickinson University.
    • PSEG Award for an outstanding student pursuing an advanced degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or Environmental Science awarded to Maria Qadri, Doctorate in Bio-Medical Engineering, Rutgers University.
    • STRIDES® Advancing Women in Business Award for outstanding achievement in Business or Technology awarded to Demetra Murray, Master of Science in Finance, New Jersey City University.

EWNJ has awarded scholarship grants of $5,000 to women at New Jersey institutions of higher learning.

Graduate Merit Award Program 2016 Scholarship Winners

  • Jenna Breitinger
    Rutgers University, Doctorate, Physical Therapy
  • Mary Kate Collins
    Rutgers School of Law-Camden, Juris Doctor
  • Suepavade DeNardo
    William Paterson University, Master of Arts, K-12 Teaching, Biology Program
  • Jazmine DeWees
    Montclair State University, Master of Arts
  • Kelly Gentry
    Montclair State University, Doctorate, Counseling
  • Miriam Gerstein
    Rutgers University, Doctorate, Mathematics Education
  • Diana Gonzalez
    Rutgers University, Master of Arts, Education
  • Margaret MacGibney, RWJ/Rutgers Graduate School of Education & Princeton University
    M.D./Ph.D., Medical & Health Professions
  • Sarah Misenko, Rutgers University, Doctorate, Biochemistry
  • Evalyne Orwenyo, Montclair State University, Doctorate, Social Work
  • Yacoba Vroom-Teschemaker, Montclair State University, Master of Science, Pharmaceutical Biochemistry

Graduate Merit Award Program 2015 Scholarship Winners

  • Elsayed Amira
    Rutgers School of Public Health, Masters of Public Health
  • Traci Ballou-Broadnax
    Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology, Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, President’s Scholarship
  • Dania Goodin
    Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Medical Doctor
  • Kristen Harris
    New Jersey Medical School, Medical Doctor
  • Eleanor Ojinnaka
    Montclair State University, Masters in Chemistry
  • Melanie Pangilinan
    Montclair State University, Doctorate of Audiology
  • Susan Polkowski
    Rutgers University, Doctorate of Psychology
  • Hannah Simon
    Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Medical Doctor
  • Jacquelyn Suarez
    Rutgers University School of Law Camden, Juris Doctor
  • Nancy Tiffany
    College of Saint Elizabeth, Masters of Counseling Psychology

PSEG Award

Philomena Chu
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Ph.D. in Plant Biology


Kate O’Neill
Rutgers University, Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering