In fall 2015, Rutgers University–Camden launched Bridging the Gap, a bold financial support program for New Jersey families, and the first students enrolled the following fall. Read how the possibilities and promise envisioned at the program’s inception have come to fruition as the first 89 students graduate this May.
Sam Adepoju, the Rutgers University–Camden Student Government Association (SGA) president and a member of the Rutgers–Camden Board of Directors, believes in the power of art. Learn how he is donating proceeds from a T-shirt that he created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support a humanitarian aid organization.
As a young child, Melanie Javier was surrounded by medical professionals as she dealt with a neurological/cardiac issue. Learn what motivates her, her influences, and her hopes to have a similar impact on others in this Bridging the Gap spotlight.
U.S. Army National Guard member Sgt. Taylor Lorchak was one of seven Rutgers–Camden student-veterans who were activated to combat the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Read about her experience leading 68W combat medics – utilizing skills learned via her Rutgers–Camden education – at the Menlo Park Veterans Nursing Home in Edison.
Sierra Neal plans to become a trauma counselor and therapist working in various settings, with her ultimate goal of conducting trauma counseling in the military. The graduating psychology major shares her Raptor pride, life lessons, and personal strengths in this Bridging the Gap spotlight.
Tamia Taylor has a lifelong passion for helping people, which she plans to utilize in her future career working as a forensic psychologist for the Juvenile Justice Commission. Learn more about Tamia’s goals and outlook in this spotlight on the Bridging the Gap recipient.
Eddie Yeung dreamed of being a surgeon, but realized he could help others through his computer coding skills. Learn how he created a website for New Jersey small businesses struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taylor Lorchak was called to serve in the Army National Guard when coronavirus cases began to surge in New Jersey. An accomplished musician with an undergraduate degree in music, Lorchak received her nursing degree through the 15-month accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in another major.
Hecmarie Berrios worked two jobs to support herself, made time to participate in a variety of activities on campus, held leadership positions, and did community service work, all while excelling in her courses. A member of three honor societies, Berrios is the recipient of a Rutgers‒Camden Lasting Legacy Award, given to graduating seniors for service to the campus and surrounding community.
After the coronavirus pandemic forced the university to replace in-person classes with remote learning, Kelsey Goodwin was able to become an extern caring for COVID-19 patients at a Mount Holly hospital. Graduating with a nursing degree fulfills Goodwin’s dream of being able to provide the outstanding care she received when she was hospitalized for a chronic illness.
As a paramedic, Joseph Lutz is working on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic. He helped facilitate moving patients from northern New Jersey hospitals to a field hospital in Secaucus to make space for more seriously ill patients who required treatment in a hospital. He plans to continue his education by attending medical school.
Briana Ramos worked tirelessly to overcome challenges during her time at Rutgers Law School‒Camden, including a battle against COVID-19. While working part-time jobs to support herself and her family, she excelled at the law school and participated in pro bono work to assist Camden-area residents. She hopes to work in business and real estate law.
Robert Andrade has been a very active and committed member of minority law student associations on campus.
Karanveer Pannu is a champion of diversity and tolerance with his sights set on public office.
Andin Ncho graduates May 2020 with degrees in digital studies, English, and global studies.