USA Today All-USA Academic Team

Melissa Raley

Melissa Raley

USA Today’s 2010 All-USA College Academic Honorable Mention Team

“What’s really neat about this award is that it reflects how I was able to connect my community involvement and extracurricular passions with my academic work at Centre. The essay asked me to describe my most outstanding intellectual endeavor and how it may benefit society, so I wrote about the academic internship I did in Merida, Mexico where I helped work to install a water purification system in a developing community outside of Merida.”

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USA TODAY honors outstanding students with the All-USA Academic Teams.


USA TODAY honors outstanding students with the All-USA Academic Teams. The top 20 students selected for each of the All-USA First Teams receive a $2,500 cash award, trophy, and will receive extensive national recognition through coverage in USA TODAY and Second and third teams are named and each receive certificates of achievement.

Award winners are chosen based on undergraduate GPA, awards and achievements, leadership, campus and community activities, college and community service, and the quality of intellectual endeavors. There are no restrictions of the field of study.


Students will normally be nominated by professors. For the application, students must submit a brief description of undergraduate awards, honors, research, campus/community involvement; a two-page personal essay describing most outstanding intellectual undertaking; a nomination letter; two recommendation letters; and college transcripts.

Students interested in applying for the Udall Scholarship should contact the Centre Udall Scholarship representative (Dr. Dan Kirchner) no later than December 1.

Campus Advisor

Diane Johnson


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