Melinda Hallenbeck, a senior majoring in art and psychology, was one of only two students in Ohio to receive the prestigious Buckeye Art Therapy Association (BATA) scholarship. This scholarship will allow Melinda to attend and present at BATA's Annual Symposium.

"I am very grateful that BATA acknowledged and accepted my application. I feel incredibly honored to be able to attend Ohio's 'Art and Soul' symposium," says Melinda.

"The symposium offers future art therapists a host of valuable resources and provides the opportunity to network with professional art therapists and educators. I would like to thank Erin Szavuly (Chair of the Department of Art) for her support and faith in my education and future career as an art therapist."

Melinda is an accomplished student and artist. She is a former Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges honoree, a recipient of the Sr. Agneta Ganzel Art Award, the Sr. Luke Award for Fine Arts and the Orbis Ars Student Organization Leadership Award.

Additionally, in 2009 she achieved first place, a best of show and the Merchant Award for Three-Dimensional Work during Lourdes College's Annual Student Art Exhibition. Melinda also had two works of art selected to be a part of the Sittin' Pretty in Sylvania project.

The Buckeye Art Therapy Association (BATA) is a non-profit professional association in Ohio for art therapists, students and individuals who support the therapeutic use of art and the advancement of the art therapy field.