The following was written by APG staff:
Westminster, Colo., September 9; The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) presented the first Young Professional Scholarship award to Michael Melendez of Fullerton, California. The award was presented during the APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) during the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Melendez, a senior at Troy Hill High School in Fullerton, already has a long resume of genealogical achievements. He performed a 150-hour internship at the Orange Regional Family History Center in California. He completed the Staff Training Program and is currently a staff member at the center.
He is also a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Youth Committee as well as the Future Genealogists Society. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Melendez put on a Beginners Family History Jamboree.
APG created the award as a scholarship opportunity for a young genealogist to attend its annual Professional Management Conference. The scholarship included conference registration and a $500 award toward travel and accommodations. The PMC is held in conjunction with the Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conference.
The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents over 1,800 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers, and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring, and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy, local, and social history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and twenty-six other countries.
Courtesy of Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, Executive Director