2007 - 2008 Recipients

Melanie Jones

Melanie JonesWhat does the UM Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship mean to you?
As a recipient of the UM Legacy Scholarship I would like to state what an honor it is to be acknowledged by the Alumni Association, a cornerstone and support system for the University of Miami. As a transfer student from Ohio State University, the UMAA Legacy Scholarship gave me the ability to feel at home in Coral Gables instantly. It showed me I was welcome here, and not only that I belonged, but that I had people here waiting and willing to support me.

Who is the legacy that qualified you for this scholarship?
My grandmother, Simi Pearlman, known as Simi Fox when she graduated from the University of Miami. She couldn't be prouder of my acceptance into UM and the strong bond we will share when I become an alumna.

What are you currently studying and when will you graduate?
In the fall I will start my Junior year majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing as well as a minor in Judaic Studies, with the expectation of graduating in May 2010. What I look forward to the most this upcoming school year is my internship with the Jewish Community Center (JCC) where I will interview a Holocaust Survivor and later present their story to other JCC members, and in the process establish rich friendships with all participants.

What are your plans after graduation?
My dream is to become a writer - write for comedians, or sitcoms, or any facet that combines writing and humor. I believe that comedy is the best medicine for all pain.


Yonit Rosengarten

Yonit Rosengarten

What does the UM Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship mean to you?
This scholarship is important to me for both practical and personal reasons. I was always taught that education is one of the most important things a person can attain. My father always told me that one thing, that no one could ever take away from me is my education. In contemporary times, a college education is required and at times expensive, so I appreciate the added financial help from the legacy scholarship. It also means a lot to me personally to be granted this scholarship. I feel honored to be recognized by the Alumni Association and to be given this opportunity because of my father’s alumnus status at the university.

Who is the legacy that qualified you for this scholarship?
My father is the UM legacy. He attended both undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Miami.

What are you currently studying and when will you graduate?
I am expected to graduate in May 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in History.

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I am hoping to attend law school.