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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 3:30pm

Melissa White-Harris with Dr. Perkins

(Melissa White '07, left, is presented with the Perkins Scholar Golden Apple Award.)


Mercy College Alumna Melissa White '07 was named a Perkins Scholar by Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT) for reaching the milestone of teaching for 10 years. She and five other educators — all TSTT alumni — were presented with Perkins Scholar Golden Apple Awards at TSTT’s Recognition Brunch at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Tarrytown on May 24. This annual event honors education leaders, dedicated teachers and future educators for their accomplishments across the year.


TSTT is a nonprofit that mentors and trains culturally diverse and economically challenged students in order to help them become effective, committed teachers who strengthen schools and communities. The program was designed to address the growing shortage of teachers, specifically teachers of color. Only 13 percent of America’s teachers are teachers of color, even though 45 percent of all public school students are students of color.


More than 180 guests attended the Recognition Brunch, including government officials, prominent educators, supporters and current and future teachers. Both Westchester Legislator Alfreda Williams and New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa spoke about the critical role TSTT plays in diversifying the teacher workforce.


Serving others is one of Mercy’s deepest values, and we are proud of White’s dedication to her students.

Melissa with TSTT Alumni

(White, left, stands beside fellow TSTT Perkins Scholars.)