Melissa Munson Earns 2014 Minds Matter Portland Scholarship

Written by Minds Matter Portland on June 14th, 2014. Posted in MM Portland

MelissaMelissa Munson, a senior at Lincoln High School, has earned the 2014 Minds Matter Portland annual scholarship. The scholarship, funded by a private foundation, is awarded to a graduating student in the Minds Matter Portland program that has demonstrated outstanding scholarship, leadership, citizenship and sportsmanship. Melissa will receive $12,000 ($3,000 per year) towards the cost of attendance at Pacific Lutheran University. In addition, Melissa also earned a $3,000 grant in her honor to the Portland chapter of Minds Matter.

Graham Covington, Executive Director of non-profit Minds Matter Portland explained, “We are 100% volunteer organization that works with high-achieving, low-income students to prepare them for college success. Melissa is an amazing example of the students we serve. She gave up her Saturdays for three years because she is committed to graduating from college and giving back to her community. Through Minds Matter she attended summer programs to study law at Georgetown University and Spanish at the Academia-Buenos Aires in Argentina. I am confident she will be a superstar student at PLU.”

In addition to her school work, Melissa has been on Lincoln’s Mock Trial team for four years and has advanced to the State competition twice. She has also been the co-president of the Peer Mediation program at Lincoln, working with Resolutions Northwest, West Sylvan Middle School and the Multnomah County Youth Commission to help spread peer mediation programs across Portland Public Schools. Melissa has also worked with the theatre department by house managing four shows. As well as being involved in her school, Melissa has worked at Liebowitz & Associates, a criminal defense law firm in downtown Portland, for the last three years. She plans to study business and finance while continuing to learn Spanish in the honors program at PLU. Melissa aspires to be a practicing lawyer in Portland.

To endow a scholarship for Minds Matter Portland and help other amazing students like Melissa graduate from college with less debt, contact portland@mindsmatter.org.

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