Donahue To Receive Commencement Recognition As Jack Welch Scholar
May 5, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - Rowing senior Melissa Donahue will receive recognition as a Jack Welch Scholar at the 2014 University of Massachusetts Commencement. The scholarship is one of two given each year to an incoming student in the College of Engineering or School of Management.
"I am very proud and honored to be a Jack Welch Scholar," Donahue said. "I am thankful for the financial assistance the scholarship has given me as well as for the connections to the College of Engineering that I have gained by being a recipient of the scholarship. The university's continuous support and investment in my academic and personal development has enabled me to be successful at UMass and beyond."
Donahue is a four-year contributor to the UMass rowing team. She has been lauded for her academic success as a member of the 2010, 2012 and 2013 Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll. The 2010 Hingham High School Valedictorian majors in chemical engineering at UMass and is set to graduate at the end of the Spring 2013 semester.
She will pursue a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Texas. For her honors thesis, Donahue worked with researchers in the polymer science and engineering department on an alternative energy source funded by the U.S. Army. The research is focused on creating a fuel cell that has a long lifetime, is more compact and lightweight, and less expensive than existing fuel cells.
Donahue spent one summer at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California on an internship sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. In the Berkeley lab, she worked on a project for non-fossil based fuel cells in automobiles funded by the Department of Energy and General Electric.