Annual FILL scholarship helps make lifelong dreams come true for four FDU students

FILL students

Above: FILL scholarship awardees (L to R): Olivia Vliet, Victoria Sheridan, Tim Ramos and Christian Guevara.

Story and photos by Madinah Muhammad

The Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning (FILL) held its annual spring gathering at Hartman Lounge in Hennessy Hall this past month. Each year the FILL program awards scholarships to selected Fairleigh Dickinson University undergraduate students with outstanding academic achievements and demonstrated financial needs. This year the scholarship fund exceeded expectations and for the first time extended scholarships to four undergraduate students instead of two.

Bruce Peabody, director of FILL and professor of political science, presented the scholarship certificates to each awardee. Eligibility for the FILL scholarship is based on a minimum GPA of 3.85, currently receiving financial aid and in their sophomore year. A panel of FILL committee members also interview candidates before award recipients are selected. Awardees for the 2016-2017 academic year are from the Florham Campus — one shared what this scholarship means.

FILL crowd

Above: Bruce Peabody addressing audience during the annual FILL Spring Gathering at Hartman Lounge in Hennessy Hall.

Christian Guevara, from Parsippany, N.J. is majoring in criminology and sociology. “This scholarship resembles more than assistance with paying my tuition, it is an award that has been granted to me as a result of my hard work and dedication on campus,” says Guevara.

Also awarded: Olivia Vliet, from Hillsborough, N.J., a junior majoring in psychology with a concentration in special and elementary education; Victoria Sheridan, from Haskell, N.J., a business major and Tim Ramos, from Ewing, N.J., a sophomore majoring in biology and pre-pharmacy.

FILL was established in 1972 by Joseph Tramutola, Jr., now a retired business law professor. FILL’s programs are primarily for individuals age 62 and older who seek a stimulating and supportive learning environment. FILL offers academic classes, which can be taken for fun or for credit leading to a degree; Retired Persons Institute (RPI) classes; and programs taught by full-time faculty especially for FILL.