Stephanie Towns, a fourth-year PsyD student, is one of four recipients of the Melanie Foundation’s annual scholarship.
The scholarship is awarded to the applicants who best demonstrate a commitment to assist communities in a manner consistent with the values of compassion, generosity, respect, and honesty of the late Melanie Merola O’Donnell.
O’Donnell was a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Antioch University New England (AUNE). Throughout her life, she worked to help people in need. The fund was created with the principal purpose of extending O’Donnell’s legacy of helping others through caring and compassionate mental health care, with a particular focus on enhancing a sense of community.
Last summer, Stephanie Towns traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa with Dr. Susan Hawes and three other Antioch PsyD students. They provided neuropsychological assessments at Cotlands, a nonprofit children’s organization dedicated to the service of orphaned, HIV-positive, and terminally ill children in Soweto. By administering these assessments, Stephanie was able to help advocate for services on behalf of the children struggling with the academic and neurological impact of HIV infection. Stephanie now works part-time in a residential program with chronically mentally ill adults.
For more information, visit The Melanie Foundation.