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Meredith (Merrie) Aaron, a senior in the School of Education and Social Policy, is the recipient of the 2010-2011 Senior Women’s Award, given by The Alumnae of Northwestern University.  The award, established in 2002, honors senior women for their volunteer service during their undergraduate years at Northwestern University.

Meredith (Merrie) Aaron, a senior in the School of Education and Social Policy, is the recipient of the 2010-2011 Senior Women’s Award, given by The Alumnae of Northwestern University.  The award, established in 2002, honors senior women for their volunteer service during their undergraduate years at Northwestern University.

Merrie, from Port Washington, New York, is majoring in Human Development and Psychological Services, maintaining a GPA of 3.7 throughout her undergraduate years, which includes committed volunteer work and involvement in campus life and its organizations.

Within three months of stepping foot on campus, Merrie accepted her first leadership position as president of the first-year students at Hillel.  Through her initiatives and leadership, the organization increased its membership and outreach efforts, strengthening of Jewish life within the Northwestern community.  This past fall, Merrie was recognized by Hillel International, receiving the Philip H and Susan Rudd Cohen Student Exemplars of Excellence Award.

In addition to her leadership roles within Hillel, Merrie has participated in Dance Marathon all four years as a dancer, earning membership into the 120-Hour Club; has an active role in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, where she currently serves as Senior Admissions Counselor and Tour Guide; and a member of the Delta Gamma sorority.  Also, Merrie was the Alumnae and Corporate Relations Chair and a member of the 2010 Homecoming Committee and has served as a partner and advocate for the Northwestern Alumni Association.

Merrie will receive the Senior Undergraduate Award of $2,500 at The NU Alumnae of Northwestern?s Annual Board Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, May 16, 2011.  She will also be recognized at Honors Day and Graduation Day.

The Alumnae of Northwestern University will also grant a certificate of merit in recognition of service to seniors Kelli Greenberg and Vanessa L. Lee. 

Kelli, from Mount Sinai, New York, maintains a 3.75 GPA, majoring in Legal Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies (communication studies; radio/television/film).  She is active in Best Buddies, an international non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and the Red Watch Band program, which educates students about alcohol safety and precautions.

Vanessa, from Lake Forest, IL, maintains a 3.51 GPA, majoring in psychology with a sociology minor.  She has been active in Supplies for Dreams, a student-run nonprofit that provides basic school supplies and enrichment opportunities, such as mentoring programs and field trips, to Chicago Public School students.  She is also volunteered for the Northwestern chapter of Camp Kesem and Asian Youth Services, served as an Americorps VISTA volunteer and been a camp counselor for children whose parents have been affected by cancer.

Kelli and Vanessa will also receive recognition at Honors Day and Graduation Day.

The Alumnae of Northwestern University is an all-volunteer organization of women that raises funds for a wide range of projects to benefit the University and shares the University?s academic resources with the community.  Founded in 1916, it has given more than $5 million in gifts and grants to the school.

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