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Vivienne T. Meljen - August 2013 Scholar of the Month

Vivienne T. Meljen
CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar Intern
Long Pond, PA
University of Scranton
B.S., Biology

I was born in New Jersey to Cuban immigrants. My story begins with my grandmother, Berta, living in a hut in Cuba. My parents and grandmother immigrated to the U.S. in order to search for a better life and build a family. They each made a lot of sacrifices to make sure that my younger sister, Chabeli, and I turned out like the young women we are today.

As a child, I attended a public-arts-integrated magnet school that gave me a well-rounded experience and has helped shape me into the independent woman I am today. During high school, I participated in a several programs such as, Summer@Brown, Partner’s In Science, and FEMME. I have also attended various leadership conferences including the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference, National Young Leaders State Conference NJ, NJ Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Conference.

I truly believe in nourishing the entire individual. As a child I participated in a dance studio and recitals that continued well into my high school years. I was also an active cheerleader and member of the drama club, forensics team, and science league; participating in many performances and competitions.

Upon my graduation as salutatorian of Union City High School, I decided to pursue an education in biology and Spanish at The University of Scranton, a Jesuit institution in Pennsylvania. During this time I’ve worked as a language and science tutor, as well as conducting research at a local medical school. My primary volunteer position has been as a medical interpreter at The Leahy Clinic for the Uninsured, a student-run clinic for residents of Lackawanna County who are currently uninsured.  I have recently been appointed as the Committee-Head of Translators for the clinic, a position that allows me to train new volunteer interpreters and be an active member of the Student Advisory Board. I have also developed and compiled a text for a Medical Spanish workshop that I host biweekly for volunteers of any Spanish speaking background.

I will be completing my bachelor’s degree during my third year, in order to pursue an education in the field of medicine. I envision myself living in a rural area where I familiarize myself with each of my patients and become an integral part of the community. My goal is to continue serving areas such as these, in order to provide appropriate decent health care to people who are not able to afford it.

I intend to carry on the legacy of my parents and grandparents; as a hard worker, dedicated to improving my life and the lives of those around me, and always with a smile!

Past Scholar of the Month

Mariam G. Lopez - August 2015 Scholar of the Month
Daniela Carbajal - July 2015 Scholar of the Month
Beverly Apodaca - May 2015 Scholar of the Month
Edwin Hurtado - April 2015 Scholar of the Month
David Rodriguez - March 2015 Scholar of the Month
Jennifer Villalobos - February 2015 Scholar of the Month
Maria Garibay Campos - January 2015 Scholar of the Month
Samantha Perez - December 2014 Scholar of the Month
Andrea Gutierrez - November 2014 Scholar of the Month
Elias Jimenez - September 2014 Scholar of the Month
Monserrat Baeza - August 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mayra Estrada - July 2014 Scholar of the Month
Isaias Faustino - June 2014 Scholar of the Month
Wendy Cartagena-Gonzalez - May 2014 Scholar of the Month
Cesar Esteban Bernal - April 2014 Scholar of the Month
Celia Flores - March 2014 Scholar of the Month
Aldo Sosa - February 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mikayla B. Aviles - January 2014 Scholar of the Month
Christian Guerrero - December 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Esperanza Perez - November 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Adrian Rosas September 2013 Scholar of the Month
Vivienne T. Meljen - August 2013 Scholar of the Month
Sophia DeAraujo - July 2013 SOTM
Ricky Vides - Scholar of the Month - June 2013
Kelvin Castillo - Scholar of the Month - May 2013
Xochitl Davila - Scholar of the Month - April 2013
Brian Ibarra - March 2013 Scholar of the Month
Jacqueline B. Odum - February 2013 Scholar of the Month
Alexis Nava Teodoro - January 2013
Cristina Gil - December 2012
Roy Nuñez -- November 2012 Scholar
Karla Arevalo-Alas -- October 2012 Scholar
Luis C. Alvarez Scholar -- September 2012
Carolina Gonzalez Scholar -- July 2012
Daniel Caraballo Scholar -- June 2012
Rose Aviles Scholar -- May 2012
Felix A. Navarro, Jr.-April 2012 Scholar
Andie Lee Gonzalez-March 2012 Scholar
Kevin Magaña-February 2012 Scholar
Rebecca Rodriguez-January 2012 Scholar
Erika S. DiVivo-August Scholar
Wesley Quevedo - July Scholar
Arlett A. Aguayo - June Scholar
Ricardo L. Baez-May Scholar
Natalie Chiriboga - April Scholar
Eddie L. Castanon - March 2011
Monica Avila -- February 2011
Daniel R. Lopez -- December 2010
Maria Murillo -- November 2010
Gilberto Chaidez, Jr. -- August 2010
Stephanie A. Alvarez -- July 2010
Christian Amador -- June 2010
Isabeth Mendoza --May 2010