Senior Varsity Basketball Star Earns Full Ride Scholarship to Mount Holyoke


Senior Melina Peña is recognized for her amazing career after a stellar senior night; @rivieraprepratoryathletics on Instagram.

Though many know her as a star player on the girls’ basketball team, senior Melina Peña is also an excellent student. With her academic vigor, Peña earned the Posse Foundation Scholarship to Mount Holyoke College. Located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke College is a private liberal arts women’s college and is the oldest of Seven Sisters colleges in the United States. According to statistics, it is ranked 36th among National Liberal Arts Colleges in the United States.

The Posse Scholarship is a full-ride scholarship that covers all expenses related to college, including books and tuition. This relieves many students of the stress regarding the financial burden of a college education.

For Peña, this scholarship has many benefits. First, she says, “You don’t have to pay, and having your expenses paid for and covered already takes a lot of pressure off of me.” Moreover, Peña says attending Mount Holyoke with the scholarship will allow her to explore job opportunities, study abroad, and take free classes at other schools.

Her position as captain of the varsity girls’ basketball team is a testament to her leadership qualities, which rightfully earned her the Posse Foundation Scholarship. She is a role model and mentor for many students and is a pleasure to be around. Peña’s achievement solidifies that she has the potential to become a great leader in years to come. Congratulations on your scholarship to Mount Holyoke College, Melina Peña.