Penn State Lehigh Valley Student Presented with Prestigious Award
Mercedes M. Pereira was presented with the Eric A. and Josephine Walker Award at the 21st annual Honors Convocation award ceremony held recently in the West Garden at Penn State Lehigh Valley in Fogelsville.
The Walker Award is presented annually to one undergraduate student at each Penn State campus. It recognizes a student with outstanding qualities of character, scholarship, leadership and citizenship, who has positively affected fellow students, and who has contributed to the prestige and well being of their campus and to the University as a whole. Faculty and students nominate individuals who represent the characteristics of the Walker Award.
Pereira is an active member of the Lion Ambassadors at Penn State Lehigh Valley and, in this capacity, has assisted with Open House events, alumni functions, and other special events on campus. In addition, she is the co-founder and president of the International Club; is a member of the Student Government Association; is a member of the Honors Program; and is actively involved in a number of community outreach projects on behalf of the campus. Pereira resides in Allentown and is a 2004 graduate of William Allen High School.
Funds for the award are donated each year from the estate of Dr. Eric A. Walker, President Emeritus of the University, and his wife Josephine.