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Merrilyn Akpapuna, psychology major and business management minor with Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President of Dillard University

Merrilyn Akpapuna, 20, is a psychology major and business management minor from Delta State, Nigeria. She has maintained a 4.0 grade point average while attending Dillard University.

A Junior Fellow and 2013-14 Lead Fellow representing the Melton Foundation, Ms. Akpapuna attributes her personal growth as a global citizen to her involvement with the Foundation. She lives by Ghandi's quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world," and actively participates in several organizations on campus including the K.B. Clark Psychology Club, Peer Educators, African World Network Organization, Thomas Cook Honors Program, and Global Scholars Association.

She tutors her peers in the Writing Lab on campus, high school students at Martin Luther King Charter School, and has completed 436 community service hours. She aspires to become a consultant, helping organizations around the world increase productivity by improving the mental wellness of their employees. Upon graduation from Dillard University, she plans to earn a master’s and doctoral degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Western Michigan University.


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