Veteran wins national ACE Student of the Year

UNG senior Brendyn Melugin, a former U.S. Army paratrooper majoring in psychology, was named the national American Council on Education (ACE) Student of the Year, which is presented to an adult learner who has used ACE credit recommendations to earn a college degree or advance a career.

“Their program helped me receive between 12 and 16 college credits based on my military experience and training,” Melugin said. “This saved me at least a semester of time.”

Melugin used that time to participate in undergraduate research with a faculty mentor. The experience has inspired Melugin to work with the Army Research Institute. The ACE award provides $1,000 to Melugin for his education; he plans to use it for graduate school.

Brendyn Melugin, 26, from Norcross, Georgia, is pursuing a degree in psychology.