SGA Affinity Circle Program

SGA alumni have come together to share an exciting new program – Montclair State’s very first Affinity Circle. An Affinity Circle is a form of philanthropy in which a group of individuals come together and combine their gifts to donate toward a common interest.

Of all student organizations, the Student Government Association is one of the most active student groups on campus. Alumni who were former members of the Student Government Association remain strongly connected to the university, fellow classmates, and the current student organization members.  SGA alumni are joining together to show their support for the university where it is truly needed – scholarship – by creating the SGA Alumni Leadership Scholarship.

Please consider a gift to the SGA Alumni Leadership Scholarship. Remember, every gift counts! If you’d like to participate in this important and exciting endeavor, simply visit our online form and contribute online or complete the form below and mail it in.

Your Affinity Circle Committee,

Chris Fitzpatrick '04, Chair
Barry Bernstein '00
Arun Bhambri '11
Joseph Christensen '09
Pooja Patel '12
Jon Preciado '10 '12 MBA
Shakeel Radford '10
Michael Saias '03
Jesse Schwartzman '11

"Entrance into the college setting is the springboard to future accomplishments. As students who took on the additional responsibilities within our college community in the SGA, we may see how our working together has made us all better members of the world community. Learning to interact, make decisions, make compromises, and work for the larger community has allowed us the insight that our actions must work in tandem with common goals, and that our actions have long reaching significance. If you were a part of this community, a community built, managed, and maintained by student involvement, then you know what it means to dedicate yourself to an organization that needs constant input. Join your fellow alumni in supporting current SGA affiliated students so that they may go out and continue to grow a community for the world." -Joseph Christensen '09

"I am glad to be part of such an organization where I can give back to an institution that gave me endless opportunities and enhanced my collegiate experience. As a leader and enforcer of "Life beyond the classroom", I am honored I can be part a committee in which I'll give back to a student leader exactly everything I learned in the form of a scholarship. Please help sponsor an exceptional student leader to be recognized for who they are and what they are doing for the Montclair Community. I'm glad I can help by donating towards this scholarship and I hope that you will as well!" -Arun Bhambri '11

Join us at the Kickoff Event – January 18

Join us for an SGA Alumni Reunion on Friday, January 18, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at The Shannon Rose in Clifton, NJ.  If you were a member of the SGA or an SGA chartered organization, come out and catch up with fellow graduates.  Please spread the word to everyone who was involved with the SGA, a Greek organization or a member of any organization under the SGA. For more information and to register online, visit the online community.

The SGA Alumni Leadership Scholarship

The SGA Affinity Circle Committee and friends are working with the Montclair State University Foundation to establish an endowed scholarship in the amount of $25,000.

The scholarship will financially assist one full-time, undergraduate student currently enrolled in a program of study at Montclair State University on an annual basis. Recipient must be a current member of the SGA or a member of an SGA chartered organization and hold a leadership position.  A leadership position is defined as a student member of the SGA Executive, Judicial, or Legislative branches of the SGA, or an executive board member or committee chairperson of any SGA chartered organization. Recipients must be in good academic standing at the time of application for the scholarship and remain enrolled at Montclair State University, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.

How to Participate

It’s easy to become a part of the SGA Affinity Circle and give to the SGA Alumni Leadership Scholarship Fund.


Giving online is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Use your credit or debit card at our secure online giving site to support Montclair State today. If you are a graduate, login to MONTCLAIRconnect, the online community exclusively for Montclair State alumni, to have the form pre-populate your information.

By Mail

Complete this form and mail it to:

Montclair State University Foundation
Attention: Jenna Peraino
1 Normal Avenue
300 College Hall
Montclair, NJ 07043

You can pay with a check — payable to the Montclair State University Foundation, or by credit card. Please put SGA Alumni Leadership Scholarship in the memo.

By Phone

If you would like to make a gift by phone or should you have any questions, contact or answer any questions you may have. Call Jenna Peraino in the Office of Alumni Relations at 973-655-7872 or