Alumni Awards and Scholarships

The Peggy Harris Alumna/us Of The Year Award

The Peggy Harris Alumna/us of the Year Award is given annually since 1964 to an alumna or alumnus for outstanding service to the Alumni Association or University.


The Family Legacy Award

The Family Legacy Award was first presented at Homecoming in 2006. The award is presented to a family with one or more alumni who have given dedication and service to the University over several generations.



The Veritas Awards, established in honor of the Dominican Sisters who founded and administer the University, celebrate the professional excellence of alumni. Awardees are selected by an independent committee of alumni. Those who receive the award are chosen based on their fulfillment of the following criteria in their lives and careers:

  • To seek VERITAS – truth.
  • To develop and mature in the philosophy inscribed on the seal of Caldwell University and experienced on the Caldwell campus: SAPIENTIA ET SCIENTIA – WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE.
  • To achieve in a chosen profession: integrity, application, perseverance, accomplishment.
  • To give of self to family, friends and society.
  • To be identified as a leader by associates and community.

Veritas Award Honorees, 1986 – Present 

If you would like to nominate an alumna or alumnus for the Veritas Award, please contact The Office of Alumni Affairs at or 9730618-3352.

Alumni Association Scholarships

For more information on how to apply for scholarships, please contact The Office of Financial Aid at or       (973) 618-3221.

Rina Spano Memorial Scholarship

Rina Gangemi Spano, Ph.D., (B.A. Caldwell University ’70), was a long-term member of the Caldwell University community, who actively served the University in many facets. As an educator, she taught in the Department of Sociology/Criminal Justice, ultimately becoming Chair of the department and the founding Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. She worked tirelessly for the Alumni Board, especially in fund-raising to create an endowment for scholarships for relatives of alumni. Upon her death in 2003, the Alumni Board voted unanimously to honor her by creating the Rina Gangemi Spano Memorial Alumni Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to students whose family members are Caldwell University alumni. The criteria includes a strong record of excellence in academics and service to the Caldwell University Alumni Association.

Download the Rina Spano Memorial Scholarship application.

The Jersey Shore Chapter Jane Haveron Continuing Studies/Graduate Student Scholarship

The Jersey Shore Chapter Jane Haveron Continuing Studies/Graduate Student Scholarship offers financial support to a qualifying female student to continue or complete her undergraduate or graduate degree. Mindful of the expenses associated with returning to school and financial challenges faced by women in the workplace who do not have a degree, it is the hope of the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Caldwell University Alumni Association that this scholarship will reduce the financial burden of an education and encourage the awarded student to reach her goal of graduation.

Download the Jane Haveron Continuing Studies/Graduate Student Scholarship application.