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Communication Arts Student Receives Scholarship from Melanoma Foundation

ComArts_IconDepartment of Communication Arts student, Beth Jenkins, was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE).

Jenkins received one of five scholarships given to college students across the United States for participating in the “Your Skin Is In” college ambassador program.

“Through this program I have learned to truly love and protect the skin that I was given,” said Jenkins. “Being an ambassador gave me the ability to share the importance of skin safety with my fellow classmates.”

“Your Skin Is In” is an educational pledge-based program that encourages teens and young adults to make a personal promise that they will protect the skin they’re in. Over the past eight years, the Melanoma Foundation of New England has exposed over half a million students to this award-winning, educational program.

The college ambassador program is in its first year, and student ambassadors took the Your Skin Is In Pledge, obtained pledges from classmates, family and friends, and participated in an eLearning lesson.

“One of the best ways to create positive change is to start with young people and teach them about the dangers of sun overexposure and tanning,” said Deb Girard, Executive Director, MFNE. “We hope these ambassadors will share their knowledge and inspire others to spread the word about melanoma prevention.”

Melanoma is rising faster than any other cancer with one person dying from the disease every 50 minutes.

The MFNE was founded in 1999 by Mel and Marilyn Rubin in memory of their son Mark who lost his battle with melanoma.

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is the largest of the eight colleges that make up Georgia Southern University, and it plays a central role in every student’s core of knowledge. CLASS, also described as the University’s College of the Creative Mind, prepares students to achieve academic excellence, develop their analytical skills, enhance their creativity and embrace their responsibilities as citizens of their communities, their nations and the world. CLASS offers more than 20 undergraduate degrees and several interdisciplinary minors from its 11 departments and five academic centers. CLASS offers eight master’s degrees, two graduate certificates and one doctoral degree. For more information, visit

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education.


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