Thursday, April 30, 2015

[422] MTSU student to attend national student leadership conference on scholarship

MURFREESBORO – A Middle Tennessee State University student is one of only three students statewide to receive a scholarship to attend this year’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.

Megan Merrick, a senior anthropology major from Gallatin, Tennessee, will attend the gathering May 28-30 at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a stipend from the American Association of University Women.

More than 1,000 young women from across the country and around the world are scheduled to be at the conference. They will be able to attend some 50 workshops and present themselves to representatives from more than 80 graduate schools and employers.

“The NCCWSL experience is focused on preparing women to be leaders in their communities today and in the future and to work toward closing the gender gap in leadership positions,” said Tanya Peres-Lemons, an associate professor, director of MTSU’s anthropology program and president of AAUW Murfreesboro.

Peres-Lemons, who nominated Merrick for the scholarship, said she “embodies the spirit and qualities that we need in our future leaders. I know she will find this a transformative experience and look forward to her sharing her experience with the MTSU campus community.”

“I owe so much to the strong women in my life who believed in my abilities before I did, and my desire is to do the same for other women and girls,” said Merrick, who is scheduled to graduate Saturday, May 9. “I believe that NCCWSL will give me the tools I need to be a more effective leader and to help and encourage other women in the same ways I was encouraged.”

Merrick is president of the MT Anthropology Society and has a double minor in archaeology and history.

For more information, contact Peres-Lemons at 615-904-8590 or or Ayne Cantrell, president-elect of AAUW of Tennessee, at

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