APG Names first Young Professional Scholarship Recipient

WESTMINSTER, Colo., May 31 – The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) has named the recipient of the first Young Professional Scholarship award as Michael Melendez of Fullerton, California.

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 Famly History Jamboree.

APG provides the award as a scholarship opportunity for a young genealogist to attend its annual Professional Management Conference (PMC). Melendez will attend the PMC conference on September 3, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The scholarship includes conference registration and a $500 award toward travel and accommodations. The PMC is held in conjunction with the Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conference.

Candidates for the 2008 award were required to be between the ages of 18 and 25 years as of 1 May 2008, be enrolled as a high school senior, undergraduate, post graduate or graduate within the last twelve months of an accredited university or college, and have at least a 3.0 gpa (on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent in another averaging system).

The Association of Professional Genealogists ( , 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; and 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.

Contact: Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, Executive Director,
Association of Professional Genealogists
P.O. Box 350998, Westminster, CO 80035-0998
Phone 303-422-9371, fax 303-456-8825, e-mail
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