Emory College senior Melissa Roberts learned she had won the
Marion Luther Brittain Award, she had to look it up on the University
website to fully understand what it meant.
fitting response, considering the highest student honor is awarded
for service to the University without expectation of reward
was a complete shock, Roberts says. I didnt
even know I was nominated. Once I learned what the award was
all about, I was very humbled and honored to be selected.
native of Billings, Montana, Roberts received her bachelors
degree in neuroscience and behavioral biology. She is a Phi
Beta Kappa scholar and also has been selected as a Bobby Jones
Scholar, an honor which includes a full scholarship for a postgraduate
year abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, Emorys
sister institution. There, Roberts plans to study and conduct
research in comparative health care and neuroscience. When she
returns, she hopes to attend medical school.
served as a resident advisor for three of her four years at
Emory and is described as assertive, calm under pressure,
friendly, service-centered and time-focused.
also excelled on the softball field, leading her team to a first-place
finish in its conference. When Roberts joined the Emory Womens
softball team as part of the first recruited class during her
freshman year, the program was just a year old. As co-captain,
Roberts helped the team to three consecutive appearances in
the NCAA Division III National Championship, and recently the
team was ranked second in the nation among Division III schools
by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Roberts has been
named to the All-Region Softball Team for the past three years
and also served as president of the Varsity Athletic Council
as a senior.
Commencement, before presenting Roberts with the award, Provost
Woody Hunter announced that her team won the NCAA regional championship
only the day before, and would be continuing to the national
contest, to the cheers of her classmates.
spite of your accomplishments, you have remained modest and
gracious, Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life
John L. Ford told Roberts at the award presentation.
best thing about her time at Emory, Roberts says, was the
people Ive met, and the ways in which I have been able
to get involved in a lot of different areas and meet a lot of
Roberts is proudest of her success on the softball field. When
I visited to see the school, the field had not even been built
yetit was a swamp, she says. We have taken
the team from nothing to being really competitive nationally.
Im very proud of that.