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English and Spanish Double Major Receives Graduate Fellowship

April 12, 2017

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
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Robbie Merritt '17Senior Robert Merritt III of Salem, N.H., has been awarded the Katharine Cater Graduate Fellowship for $3,000 from the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Students. He will attend Boston University in the fall, where he will pursue a master's degree in English language and literature.

The society annually grants graduate fellowships to 26 students in the United States to offset the expense of pursuing professional studies. Four Saint Anselm students have been awarded national scholarships from Alpha Lambda Delta in the two years since its founding. Merritt is the second of these students to receive a fellowship specifically for graduate studies.

"Our chapter is new and our accomplishments in the first two years are quite impressive," says Karlea Joiner, assistant dean of students and advisor to the college's chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta. "I am proud of the students who have been a part of its leadership and active membership over the past two years and look forward to the years ahead."

In spring of 2015, Merritt was inducted to Saint Anselm College's chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta. To be inducted, members must have been enrolled in four classes and have obtained a 3.5 grade point average following the first semester or first year of full-time study during freshman year.

Merritt excels academically while balancing his rigorous course load with his extracurricular engagements and leadership commitments. On campus, he is an Admissions ambassador, orientation leaderKevin B. Harrington Student Ambassador at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, and an active member of the Student Government Association, where he has served as class president and senator. He is also a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma and Sigma Delta Pi honor societies. In May, Merritt will graduate from the Hilltop with an honors degree in English and Spanish.

"Despite growing up in a single-parent household, college was never an 'if' for me or my mom; it was always about doing whatever it took to get me to where I wanted in life," says Merritt. "I am thankful to my mom for instilling that drive in me, to my mentors here-professors, advisors, and administrators alike-for fostering that drive and giving me the confidence to pursue it further, and now to Alpha Lambda Delta for allowing me to do so without financial pressure."

Story by Jasmine Blais '17; Photo by Margaret Lynch '17

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