“When I came to campus,” says Taylor Melde ’13, “I simply knew Douglass was home and that there would be so many opportunities available to help me become a successful leader.” She came to Douglass from DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, NJ, because she felt a strong sense community. Receiving the Edward L. and Ruth S. Hennessy Scholarship administered by the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College made Taylor realize the importance of alumnae support. “Other women believe in me,” she says. The scholarship was established by Ruth Schilling Hennessy, Class of 1950, and her husband, Edward. Taylor is studying business and expects to major in marketing with a minor in international relations or finance.
A missionary trip to the Dominican Republic inspired Taylor to study international relations. Being immersed in the culture was a life-changing experience. Closer to home, Taylor volunteered during high school with the Interact Club, distributing food, clothing and toys to charitable organizations. As part of the National Honor Society and head cheerleader, she also raised funds for community organizations at bake sales.
Her parents instilled the importance of hard work, determination, respect and character. Taylor was selected to be a Douglass Orientation Leader this summer, and eventually hopes to make her mark as a successful international business woman.