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Georgia Tech Grad Receives Rhodes Scholarship

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Atlanta (WAOK/AJC) — Melissa L. McCoy, a 2012 graduate from Georgia Tech, was named a recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship over the weekend. The 32 American students chosen to receive the scholarship are set to join nearly 80 other scholars from 14 other areas around the world. McCoy was selected from 857 applications sent by 327 different colleges.

The Rhodes Scholarship will provide McCoy, who graduated in 2012 summa cum laude with a degree in chemical engineering, with at least two but up to four years of study at Oxford University in England as she pursues a masters degree in science through research in environmental chemical engineering.

While at Georgia Tech, McCoy, a native of Dallas Texas, created a group that spotlighted social entrepreneurial technology. In addition to that, she also helped to found an organization whose main goal was addressing the lack of usable water after disasters. This program operated in partnership with the Red Cross Foundation during the aftermath of an earthquake in a town in the South American country of Chile. She is also credited as being co-inventor and patent holder of a digital manufacturing authentication technique.

Written By Sherman H. Smith Jr (WAOK/Intern)

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