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College Junior Among Humanitarian Awardees

Melissa Carcamo (third from left, front row) with fellow honorees and President John Thrasher at the annual Humanitarian Luncheon.

Melissa Carcamo, a junior majoring in interdisciplinary social sciences, was one of 14 undergraduates honored by FSU President John Thrasher at the annual Humanitarian Luncheon, March 26, as part of the annual President’s Humanitarian of the Year program.

For more than 20 years, FSU has presented a Humanitarian of the Year award, a prestigious honor that commemorates a student who exhibits a tremendous commitment to service.

Each college selects one student as their nominee to be recognized at the luncheon. Nominees receive $200 donated in their name to the nonprofit agency of their choice, and the student who best embodies a commitment to service is named the Humanitarian of the Year at the annual Leadership Awards Night to be held April 9. An additional $1,000 is given as a donation to the nonprofit agency of the recipient’s choice.

Over summer 2017, Carcamo served with the Himalayan Media Welfare society presenting in classrooms at low-to-no income schools in rural India about serious issues the students might face and how to avoid them. The following summer, Carcamo taught gender-based violence prevention courses to adolescent males in rural Kenya through the Fountain Youth Initiative. She also serves as Community Relations Chair for FSU’s Hispanic/Latino Student Union, connecting Hispanic/Latino students to social and professional development opportunities.

Thrasher applauded each of the students’ philanthropic endeavors.

“Everything you all are doing, no matter what it is, whether it’s the life of a child, mentoring someone who needs support, seeing someone who is medically underserved, that’s what I believe Florida State University is about,” Thrasher said. “You all are ambassadors of that particular concept. I know when you leave, you are going to continue making a difference, you’re going to affect the lives of so many people, and it’s going to make a difference.”

It’s worth noting that this year’s honorees were all women.

“The fact that it’s all women,” Thrasher said, “that’s pretty powerful, and you all should be very proud of that.”

Kelsey Klopfenstein of University Communicatins contributed to this report