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Clarendon Scholars

A four-year honors program

The Clarendon Scholars program prepares students to pursue careers as leaders in cities and urban areas around the country. Recipients are selected based on demonstrated leadership in their school, church, and community, high academic aptitude, and a desire to impact those living in cities and urban areas through their future careers.



Yicaury Melo

Yicaury Melo

Director, Clarendon Honors Program 

Yicaury Melo graduated from Gordon College with a B.A. in Communications Arts and is currently enrolled in the Gordon College Master of Arts in Leadership Program. As a Clarendon Scholar, she was an active member of the Gordon community by serving in multiple leadership roles in student clubs and ministries, including Orientation, A.L.A.N.A., and World Focus.
Yicaury’s passion is to provide learning and enrichment opportunities to inner-city youth. Upon graduation, she returned to her home city of Lawrence, MA, and worked with various community development organizations, including the Y.W.C.A. While at the Y.W.C.A., she developed a curriculum to cultivate middle school girls into strong, confident young ladies through career exploration, nurturing healthy self-esteem, and the arts. She returned to Gordon in 2013 as the Multicultural Admissions Counselor. She then joined Student Life as the Multicultural Student Service Coordinator in 2014, where she developed and implemented the Multicultural Initiatives Office (M.I.O.).
Along with strong student leaders, they launched and implemented multicultural student union groups that consist of A.f.r.o. H.A.M.W.E., La Raza, and A.S.I.A. which fostered a welcoming and inviting multicultural community at Gordon. She also advises A.L.A.N.A. and Dear Neighbors, two student advocacy groups on campus. In 2020 she became the director of M.I.O. and the Clarendon Scholars Honors Program. Her vision is to lead Gordon as their diverse population grows to become more hospitable and inclusive.


Sohenga Depestre

Sohenga Depestre ’17

Doctoral Student (Psychology), William James College
B.A. Psychology, Gordon College

Collegian of the Year, 2017

“Receiving the Clarendon Scholarship basically resembles the joining of a large family filled with brilliant unique individuals who are passionate and natural leaders in their own respect. The spectacular aspect of this community is that the scholars are all caring and willing to pour into those of us just starting to grow and tap into our full potentials. The administration and various faculty members have been phenomenal and truly supportive of our endeavors.”

Kika Ghobrial

Karim Ghobrial ’16

B.A. Biblical and Theological Studies, Gordon College
B.A. Business Administration, Gordon College

Youth Pastor, Arabic Evangelical Baptist Church

“The Clarendon Scholars Program has given me the opportunity to take part in something bigger than myself. The community of Clarendon Scholars pushes each other to strive to become leaders and lends support to one another at all times.”

Qualifications for the Clarendon Honors Program

  • Be a U.S. higher school senior
  • Posses a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate a heart for service through leadership in church, community, and school
  • Demonstrate a desire to serve cities and urban environments through a future career



Yicaury Melo

P 978 867 4813

Deborah Sullivan
Admissions Counselor

P 978 867 4219

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