New York, NY – (April 28, 2014) Congratulations to Melody Mills ’14, Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College, who is the recipient of a 2014-15 U.S. Student Fulbright Study/Research Award in Peru.Regarded as one the most prestigious awards programs in the world, it is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program.
Mills, a double Major in Psychology and Political Science, and a Macaulay Lisa Goldberg/Revson Scholar, spent a semester studying in Peru in Spring, 2013. This experience provided the inspiration for her Fulbright research project, which will track the educational trajectories of street-living girls in Lima.
“When I heard that Melody won the Fulbright, I was overjoyed,” says Dr. Mike Lamb, Macaulay’s Scholar-in-Residence. “Her warmth and depth of feeling have nourished us for the last four years. This honor is the next step for a young woman who will change the face of international public education.”
She is the President of Solutions Across Borders and was co-chair of the Black History Month Committee at Baruch College. Through Macaulay’s Opportunities Fund, not only was Melody was able to fund her semester in Peru, she also spent the winter semester of 2012 volunteering in Cape Coast, Ghana, teaching literacy, world geography, math, and physical education at seven elementary schools. She initiated a girl’s soccer, dance, cheerleading, and basketball team there.
According to Mills, life after college holds enormous promise. “I look forward to the ability to positively influence children in a massive way through education,” she said.