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Academic Award Descriptions

Alyssa Ruggieri ’09 Scholar Award

This award is presented to a senior chosen to work on a scholarly project with a marketing faculty member during their senior year.

Appraisal Economics Excellence in Valuation Award

Appraisal Economics is the corporate sponsor of the School’s financial valuation program. This organization presents $1000 to the student who completes the best valuation project. Students of all majors, within the School of Business, are eligible to receive this award.

The Beverly Kaye Award

This award is presented to the management student with the highest GPA, including the completion of a Human Resource course.

Dr. Daniel R. Hall Award

The Economics Program of the College of New Jersey administers the Dr. Daniel R. Hall Award to acknowledge and reward excellence in community service and the study of economics. The award was created in 1992 by a group of students to encourage future students to emulate the attributes of excellence and service personified by Dr. Daniel R. Hall, Chairman of the Economics Department at that time. Additional information can be viewed here. Deadline is March 29, 12:00pm.

Daniel R. Hall Social Justice Scholarship

The Daniel R. Hall Social Justice Scholarship of $2,000 is available to a rising senior BA or BS economics major (an economics major who has completed all prerequisites to take ECO 494 and ECO 495). The scholarship is one way to continue Dan Hall’s advocacy of increasing social justice or social welfare concerns among students. Additional information can be viewed here. Deadline is April 2, 2023 12:00pm.

Dean Thomas P. Breslin Memorial Fund

The Dean Thomas P. Breslin Memorial Fund was established to honor the legacy and accomplishments of Dr. Breslin, who joined TCNJ in 1972, served as associate and acting dean, and shepherded the School of Business’s through its initial accreditation with AACSB. Dr. Breslin is remembered by his colleagues for his kindness, generosity and commitment to mentorship and undergraduate education. The Fund established in his name honors his service by supporting the Economics Department at The College of New Jersey School of Business. Additional information can be viewed here. Deadline is November 9, 4:00pm.

Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key

Delta Sigma Pi, the national business fraternity, permits each of its chapters to recognize the graduate with the highest grade point average by awarding the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key.

Eric and Gretchen Szabo Study Abroad Scholarship

Recognizing the transformational experience of going abroad, this scholarship was established by Eric Szabo ’97 and Gretchen Szabo ’99 to provide a one-time scholarship for students enrolled full-time in the School of Business at The College of New Jersey.  The purpose is to financially support a student who wishes to study abroad for one semester or a full academic year (two semesters). It is their intent that this scholarship will help students gain a greater appreciation of other cultures and experiences, all critical to success in a global economy.

Evan & Jennifer Graf ’96 International Travel Fund

This fund was established by Jennifer Graf, a 1996 graduate of TCNJ’s School of Business, and her husband Evan to support global travel-related expenses for students in the School of Business.

Student Leadership Recognition Awards

The School of Business recognizes graduating seniors who have made outstanding contributions to student organizations affiliated with the School of Business through service and leadership.

Accountancy Academic Merit Awards

The accountancy department recognizes several of its most outstanding students. The Award is presented to the top three accountancy students in recognition of demonstrated academic and personal excellence, and outstanding qualities of character and leadership.

Dr. Neil Gaston Student Achievement Award

Until his retirement on January 1, 2001, Dr. Neil Gaston spent almost all of his adult life (about 44 years) at The College of New Jersey. When he first arrived as a freshman in 1956, the College was known as Trenton State Teachers’ College. He graduated in 1960, earning his Masters’ Degree in 1962 from what had become Trenton State College. After graduation he accepted a teaching position at Sparta NJ High School, but in his third year there he was invited to return to the College as a faculty member – an invitation which he, at first, refused.

During the next 38 years Dr. Gaston served as a faculty member at the College. In 1971, while a faculty member, Dr. Gaston received his doctorate in business education from New York University. Also, during this time, he rose from an instructor to a full professor. In 1992 he was appointed Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the School of Business – a position he would not accept if it took him completely out of the classroom. Over the years he taught a variety of courses, including Business Education courses, Business Law, Personal Finance, Risk and Insurance. Additionally, he served as editor of a state professional magazine, wrote and published a number of articles on the teaching of business education, and did some extensive writing for West Publishing Company and the New York Stock Exchange.

Dr. Gaston came to love the College, and especially its students. He took great pleasure in chairing the Student Achievement Award Committee, overseeing the award that now bears his name and consists of a cash award (determined by investment earnings) and a plaque, with an engraved inscription of the recipient’s name, to be displayed permanently in the School of Business.

To be eligible for the award, a recipient must be a graduating senior in the School of Business with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2, both overall and in business courses. The winning student must also have a significant record of involvement in college and/or community activities, demonstrate strong leadership skills and character, and show great promise for future success.



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