R.H. Melton First Amendment Scholarship

Robert H. Melton was a longtime political reporter and editor for The Washington Post who graduated from The University in 1979. Robert believed that the First Amendment–the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and the right to petition government–was the single most powerful declaration of American rights. This scholarship, created by his family to honor Robert’s love of finding the truth and expressing it, recognizes students engaged in debating, student-run journalism or the study of politics–Robert’s passions during his time on Grounds and throughout his reporting and editing career.

The award for the 2019–20 academic year will be $2,500.


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