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HackensackUMC and St. George’s University Bestow Scholarships to Four Students

September 24, 2012 09:44 AM


Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) and St. George’s University (SGU) recently awarded four partial scholarships to SGU students who are permanent residents of Bergen County.  Recipients of the scholarships are Matthew Pontell of River Vale, N.J., Krishna Choksi of Alpine, N.J., Sarina Bains of Cresskill, N.J. and Nauman Ramay of Paramus, N.J., the son of Dr. Hanif Ramay, Psychiatry Medical Staff member at HackensackUMC.

 These scholarships are a result of HackensackUMC’s academic partnership with St. George’s University in Grenada.  The scholarships awarded are for 50 percent tuition for the student’s remaining years of enrollment at the medical school as of August 2011.  

“This year there were many qualified applicants, which made the selection process difficult,” said Joseph Feldman, M.D., chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department at HackensackUMC and director of Medical Education for SGU at HackensackUMC.  “The candidates selected demonstrated academic achievement, practiced community volunteerism, indicated personal financial need and participated in various research projects. It is my honor to be on the selection committee and I believe we have selected worthy recipients,” he added.

The scholarship is available to residents of Bergen County, NJ and immediate family members of the medical and dental staff or employees at HackensackUMC in good standing, who have been accepted to begin their first year of medical education at St. George’s University, Grenada. 

The scholarship awards are named as follows and are awarded based on merit and/or financial need:

  • HackensackUMC employee scholarship: Chairman’s Scholarship in honor of the Chairman of

the Boards at HackensackUMC

  • CEO Scholarship in honor of the President and CEO
  • Chairman of the Medical Executive Committee Scholarship
  • President of the Medical Executive Committee Scholarship


    All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  1. Entering first year student at SGU
  2. Copy of  the SGU acceptance letter must be provided
  3. Applicants from Bergen County, NJ  must provide proof of address (non employees)
  4. Submit copy of college transcripts
  5. Copies of awards, abstracts and/or academic achievements
  6. An essay (min. 500 words) describing why you should be considered for the scholarship based on one or more of the following listed below:
    • Outstanding academic achievement
    • Community Work
    • Leadership Roles
    • Financial Hardship
    • Research

For more information on the HackensackUMC/SGUSOM Scholarship, please contact Sonia Gonzalez in the Office of Academic Affairs at

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a non-profit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, New Jersey, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state, and home to the only Level II Trauma Center in the county. This 775-bed facility has gone beyond traditional thinking by creating an entire campus of care, including: the Heart & Vascular Hospital, the John Theurer Cancer Center, the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, and the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital. As a result of using science and creativity to push medicine further, HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top four New York metro area hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report, and has received nine national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Urology;and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Children’s Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery in the 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals list. The medical center has also been named one of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® and one of America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades®. It is listed among the Leapfrog Top Hospitals List, received 17 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission, and is listed as one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review. It was first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence. The medical center is the hometown hospital of the New York Giants, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more about one of the nation’s 50 best hospitals, visit:   


About St. George's University

St. George's Universityis a center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies. St. George's is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Ireland. The University's over 11,000 graduates include physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals across the world. The University programs are accredited and approved by many governing authorities and repeatedly recognized as the best in the region. St. George's University's medical clerkships provide students the opportunity to learn medicine in some of the best-known hospitals in the world. The clerkships at these hospitals conform to the curriculum, course descriptions, and educational goals of St. George's University School of Medicine, and are monitored carefully through site visits and faculty meetings. During the clerkships students are taught by over 800 clinicians and in addition are overseen by an appointed Director of Medical Education at each clinical center.

Pictured from left to right:

(Back row)  Sarina Bains of Cresskill and Matthew Pontell of River Vale, recipients of  Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) and St. George’s University School of Medicine (SGUSOM) scholarship awards.

(Front row)  Ihor Sawczuk, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer, HackensackUMC; Charles R. Modica, chancellor, St. George’s University School of Medicine; Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network; and Joseph Feldman, M.D., chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department, HackensackUMC and director of Medical Education for SGUSOM, HackensackUMC.  Not pictured: Krishna Choksi and Nauman Ramay.



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