Valley Scholars Engagement Fellow

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Melody Hackett

Melody recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology, as well as a minor in Humanitarian Affairs. She grew up in northern Virginia, but fell in love with the Harrisonburg community and area when she came to JMU. She has lived here full time ever since! Service has always been an impactful part of her life, and she served with both SafeRides and the Alternative Break Program as an undergrad. She is thrilled to be part of the Engagement Fellow program and looks forward to a year of service in Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley. As a first-generation college student, she is  "honored to be working with the Valley Scholars program to support students as they work toward their JMU education."

The Position:

Each day is a little different for the Valley Scholars fellow. Two days per week Josh is in the office helping plan programs for Valley Scholars students, updating reports, and doing other administrative tasks. The other days of the week are spent primarily at partner schools throughout the region, either mentoring 8th grade students or serving as an academic coach for 9th through 12th grade students.

For partner schools, the fellow will prepare a brief lesson about extracurricular skills, check grades, and help with homework.  The fellow is responsible for managing approximately 25 middle and high school students. Being able to accommodate each student's changing needs with equal diligence is paramount. The fellow will also assist with various service and activity days for the scholars hosted at JMU. The fellow also assists with the continued assessment of the program for efficacy and impact.


The Valley Scholars Engagement Fellow must:

  • Have event planning skills.
  • Be patient, flexible, and positive.
  • Serve as a role model for their students and other students within the program.
  • Demonstrate our University's values and mission.
  • Be comfortable working with and mentoring middle-high school students.

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