During our meeting February 5, 2018, we honored Melissa Rodriguez as the Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar for February 2018. The FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement.  She was accompanied by her parents Jesus Rodriguez (dad), Lissette Martines (mom), brother Jesus Rodriguez Jr, and FAU HS Associate Director David Kelly.
 
Concurrent with FAU HS studies, Melissa is working toward her FAU Bachelor of Business Degree focused on International Business and Trade with a Political Science Minor.  Her extracurricular activities include serving the university hospital volunteer program OwlsCare and serving as a Tutor in the FAU CLASS office. 
 
Melissa told us that her favorite class on International Law inspired her to want to ultimately be a lawyer serving to help those in need and working towards a more just and peaceful world.  She said, "one course that I feel particularly passionate about is International Law. This class discusses in detail the environment in which international laws, norms, and treaties are formulated and their incredible importance as we strive to create a better and more just world." 
 
Declaring that she has developed a greater appreciation for non-governmental international service organizations, Melissa told us about some of what she learned about Rotary while exploring to discover more about the source of the FAU HS Rotary Scholar award.  She said she has become a "huge fan of all of the work that this organization does both here at home and across the world, such as advocating for the rights of women and girls...  ...as someone who wants to become a lawyer, I too can contribute to my community and to the world, through the use of law.  After all, it is in law that these changes that we strive to create are made permanent and it is through a knowledge of the law  that we are able to defend our rights and the rights of others." 
 
FAU HS Rotary Scholar for February Melissa Rodriguez is sponsored by Ravi Goolcharan, proprietor of Gulf Atlantic Painting. When presenting the certificate, project chair Sam Khazem said "thank you Ravi and congratulations Melissa!"