Melody Rodríguez Presented with Savannah Women Who Rock Award

(March 11, 2014) —The Global Women's Summit recently presented Melody Rodríguez, director of the Hispanic Outreach & Leadership at Armstrong (HOLA) program and the College Access Mentoring Information and Outreach (CAMINO) program at Armstrong Atlantic State University, with a Women Who Rock Award. Rodríguez received the award at the Global Women's Summit conference in Savannah on March 8.

As part of a celebration of Women's Month and International Women's Day, the Global Women's Summit recognized outstanding women in Savannah, ranging from firefighters to business leaders, at a special Leadership Ceremony.

As the HOLA program director at Armstrong, Rodríguez has secured critical grant funding for scholarships to help attract and retain Hispanic students. Under her leadership, Armstrong has doubled its Hispanic/Latino population and secured more than $70,000 in grants to sponsor cultural and educational programs focusing on underserved Latino populations. In addition, The Goizueta Foundation has awarded Armstrong nearly $2 million in scholarship funding as a result of her leadership and dedication to Latino students.

She has previously been honored as one of Georgia Trend's rising leaders under the age of 40 and one of Diverse Issues in Higher Education's Top 25 Women in Higher Education. Originally from Merida, Venezuela, Rodríguez earned a M.Ed. in Adult Education, a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in Political Science from Armstrong.

Savannah is one of 55 Global Women's Summits scheduled in the United States for 2014, with another 15 events taking place abroad. For more information, please visit