October 30, 2014
Alexa Napolitan '15
Communications and Marketing
Saint Anselm seniors, Riley Duggan and David Oslin, were selected to receive the Thomas A. Melucci Jr. Memorial Scholarship, which provides full tuition to seniors who have demonstrated significant spiritual and personal growth throughout their college careers.
Duggan, a peace and justice studies major, is active in both the Meelia Center for Community Service and the Office of Campus Ministry. She has participated in Road for Hope, FCF Drives, multiple retreats, and service trips, and in March will lead a Service & Solidarity trip to South Dakota. She is an officer for Daughters of Isabella and a member of the Saint Elizabeth Seton Society. Last year, on her own, she sponsored a clothes collection for children at Amigos de Jesus orphanage in Honduras. She then traveled to Honduras for a month in July to volunteer at the orphanage's summer camp.
Oslin, a philosophy and economics major, is also an active member of the college community and the Office of Campus Ministry. Through Campus Ministry, he is involved in retreats and service trips. Last winter, he led a Habitat for Humanity trip to New Jersey. He also contributes to the community by working on the music ministry team for Wednesday night masses. In 2014, Oslin was awarded the Sr. Pauline Lucier Campus Ministry service award for his strong passion for faith and humility.
Vivian Fitzgerald, the AmeriCorps VISTA for Campus Ministry, said Duggan and Oslin are prime candidates.
"Riley is everywhere. She is a natural leader and people just feel comfortable with her right away...and then her wisdom will have you wanting to learn more," notes Fitzgerald.
"David is a blessing to our office and to anyone lucky enough to get to know him. He truly embodies living a life for others, which can be seen through all the service he does."
The Thomas A. Melucci Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established by Thomas and Gail Melucci, as a way to memorialize their son, Thomas Jr. '88. The generous Anselmian parents remain closely involved with the scholarship, serving on the committee that selects recipients each year. Learn more about supporting Saint Anselm »
Recipients are nominated to receive the scholarship by friends, teachers, and staff members. Past recipient Alex Bazarian '08 said, "The Melucci scholarship helped me to better understand the ways other people can impact our lives."
"After becoming a recipient of the award, I learned I wasn't just living my own story, but am a small piece of a much bigger one."
Both Duggan and Oslin continue to embody the spirit of Saint Anselm College through their campus presence and charitable work, setting an example for future Melucci recipients to come.
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