Melinda Adams is from the San Carlos Apache and Tohono O'odham Nations. She is a Master's student in Dr. Kevin Gibson's program. Melinda came to Purdue after receiving her BS in Environmental Science from Haskell Indian Nations University, a tribal college in Lawrence, Kansas.
Melinda heard about the Boilermaker Banner photo shoot opportunity at the Native American Education and Cultural Center and decided she would sign up. She was very pleased when she was selected for the photo shoot and to appear on one of the banners that are featured throughout the Purdue campus.
She has been the recipient of two prestigious academic awards in 2011. The American Indian College Fund recently awarded Melinda the Seven Stars Graduate Scholarship. This scholarship is for an American Indian who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement, superior achievement in Tribal and Community leadership and is pursuing an advance degree with a commitment to making positive changes in the American Indian Community.