FOR DEFYING THE ODDS:
A homeless high school valedictorian and graduate of Georgetown University, Rashema Melson is an inspiration to all. From a young age, she believed that education would enable her to escape poverty as well as give back to her community.
Rashema, a Justice and Peace Studies Major (and the first member of her family to graduate from college), has unique knowledge from two different worlds. Already sharing her story with major media platforms such as ABC News and People, Rashema plans to use her voice to encourage individuals from under-served communities and to advocate for the formerly incarcerated.