National Scholarship Month: Recognizing Student Achievement at NJIT

Written by: Julie Jacobs,
Sahitya Allam, Goldwater Scholarship recipient, is now in medical school.
Thanks to a fruitful collaboration between Albert Dorman Honors College and the NJIT Student National Fellowships and Awards Committee, more and more NJIT students are receiving prestigious scholarships and fellowships.

The number of both applicants and recipients has grown, and the opportunities have become increasingly impressive. Indeed, thanks to a fruitful collaboration between Albert Dorman Honors College and the NJIT Student National Fellowships and Awards Committee, more and more NJIT students are receiving prestigious scholarships and fellowships, and reaping the benefits that come from life-changing and career-advancing educational experiences.

Each semester, NJIT invites scholarship and fellowship representatives to campus to present their programs to interested students. The university also holds information sessions to introduce students to the array of opportunities available to them, and provides essay-writing assistance and faculty advisers to facilitate the application process. All national fellowships and scholarships are merit-based, highly competitive awards that consider intellectual curiosity, personal drive, community engagement and global awareness as well.

“The process of applying for these awards is lengthy and requires a great deal of personal introspection on the part of the applicant,” noted Shivon Boodhoo, director of special programs, Albert Dorman Honors College. “The self-knowledge and motivation gained through this process can prove invaluable for future endeavors, and winning a national award confers a great deal of prestige and can open many doors.”

Recipient Roster

“I received a national fellowship through the Institute of International Education to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Auckland, New Zealand,” said Alison Schroeder, recipient of a Whitaker Fellowship. “While I am excited about the academic opportunities this experience provides me. I am equally excited about the opportunity to travel, meet new people and try new things! In the two months I have been in NZ, I have gone surfing, impulsively bought cross-country plane tickets, done my first overnight backpacking trip, walked on black sand beaches, visited the Hobbiton movie set, witnessed a Maori cultural performance, joined two futsal leagues and much more!”

Alison Schroeder is in New Zealand on a Whitaker Fellowship.

Fulbright recipient David Anderson, who is enjoying study abroad as well, remarked, “The Fulbright Program in Germany has been such a great experience so far. Besides being a great aid to my career through the program at the Technical University of Munich and accompanying internships, the experience has allowed me to take advantage of living in the diverse culture of Germany... Through the Fulbright Program I have been able to further pursue my dreams of working in international risk management consulting and am looking forward to what the next six months will bring!”

In observance of National Scholarship Month, following are some of Schroeder and Anderson’s fellow recipients and their awards:

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

For college students who intend to pursue a research career in science, mathematics and/or engineering.

Sahitya Allam

Biren Bhatt

Faizan Naqvi

Mohammad Naqvi

Salman Naqvi

Dylan Renaud

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to national security and economic competitiveness.

Mohamed Mohamed

Fulbright Grant

Allows recent graduates to pursue international, individually designed study or research projects.

Akhil Dondapati (Alt)

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) RISE

Allows undergraduates in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering to work with research groups, universities and institutions across Germany during the summer.

Aditya Kannan

Dylan Renaud

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Provides three years of support for graduate study that leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral STEM degree.

Yvonne Chen

Jefferson Cuadra

Jonathan Daudelin

David Diaz

Elaine Gomez

Niveen Ismail

William Pennock

Laura Samuel

Rhodes Scholarship

Provides students with extraordinary intellect and promise of effective service and leadership with the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford.

Biren Bhatt (finalist)

SMART (Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation)

Scholarship for Service

For students pursing an undergraduate or graduate STEM degree, with employment in the Department of Defense upon degree completion.

Rachel Cherniak

Elias Jelis

Steven Manole

Robert Norton

Kevin O'Connor

William Ruys

Jay Vargas

Patrick Thompson

Teach for America

Provides support for recent graduates of all academic majors who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools.

Kevin McIlmail

Prasanna Tati

Whitaker Fellowship

Sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering overseas to pursue self-designed career-advancing projects within the discipline, while promoting international scholarship and cooperation.

Megan Guidry

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

Prepares recipients for teacher certification in STEM, and for teaching in high-need urban or rural secondary schools.

Bailey Keyser (semi-finalist)

For more information on nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships, visit

November is National Scholarship Month. Sponsored by the National Scholarship Providers Association, it is “a time to raise awareness of scholarship opportunities for current and future college students.”