Dillard announces 2020 Melton Foundation Fellows

Jared Ingram '23

Melton Foundation Fellow Jared Ingram '23. Photo: Sabree Hill/Dillard University.

For Immediate Release
May 15, 2020

NEW ORLEANS — Dillard University is proud to report students Amari McAllister ‘22, Lajeanne Shelton ‘22, Jared Ingram ‘23, and Kennedy Musgrave ‘23 are 2020 Melton Foundation Fellows. The Melton Foundation is an international academic and social service organization whose purpose is to teach Melton Fellows to become global citizens, improve cross-cultural relations, and identify and address global challenges. 


According to Dr. Lana Chambliss, campus coordinator for Dillard’s Melton program, students’ tenure in the foundation is a lifelong endeavor. Dillard Fellows must engage in social service projects and various research initiatives with other Melton Fellows from China, Chile, India, Germany, and Ghana. As undergraduate students, members are known as Junior Fellows. The Junior Fellows use a variety of technological/social mediums to communicate with their cohorts across the international campuses. They collaborate on education projects such as creating pen pals between students from different countries or participating in storytelling projects such as “A Trip to Qatar Opened My Eyes.” Past Melton Fellows from Dillard collaborated with Mrs. Yolanda Brent and Mrs. Robin Ulmer of Sodexo to make Dillard’s Kearny dining hall trayless in order to decrease food waste and conserve energy. Upon graduation, students become Senior Fellows who are encouraged to stay active and involved in the foundation. They become future governing leaders within the foundation, such as members of the Board of Directors, leaders and entrepreneurs throughout the world. 


Oscar Gracia, Dillard University Senior Fellow Task Team Member (SFTT) shares that the fellowship allows students to experience the world on a larger scale. They work on projects to promote global citizenship in their communities and around the world. Young individuals come together to tackle world problems while getting a once in a lifetime opportunity. The foundation opens doors to those who are willing to take risks and want growth as individuals as well as growth as leaders. But the biggest benefit of all, is you grow into a new family that will be with you for the rest of your life in every part of the world. There are over 100 Dillard Senior Fellows to date.


The following Dillard faculty and staff members are representatives of Dillard’s Melton Foundation Fellows program: 

Dr. Lana Chambliss – Campus Coordinator

Dr. Roland Bullard – BOD Representative

Mr. Oscar Garcia – SFTT

Dr. Courtney Williams – Task Team Member


To learn more about Dillard’s 2020 Melton Foundation Fellows, watch their introductory video, here


Dillard University became a partner institution in the Melton Foundation in 1995. For more information about the Melton Foundation visit www.meltonfoundation.org or contact Dr. Lana Chambliss, chair of the Dillard University School of Social Sciences.  



Dillard University, located in New Orleans at 2601 Gentilly Blvd., is a private four-year liberal arts historically black institution with a history dating back to 1869. For more information, please visit www.dillard.edu. Also, follow us on Twitter, Facebook @DU1869 and Instagram: Dillard University.

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