Give Something Back Appoints Domenic Merendino as Mentor Manager

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Domenic Merendino joins Mid-Atlantic Chapter of national organization that provides mentors and college scholarships for low-income students.

Give Something Back, a national organization devoted to mentoring and college scholarships for students facing economic adversity, has hired Domenic Merendino as Mentor Manager for Give Back scholars in South Jersey.

“We’re very excited to have Domenic join our staff,” said Kelly Dun, executive director of Give Back’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter. “Domenic is great with kids. He taught English in public junior high schools in Yokohama, Japan for two years, and worked at the United Advocacy Group (UAG) in Bridgeton, NJ, writing grants and planning educational programs for students.”

Born and raised in Penns Grove, NJ, Merendino attended high school at the Salem County Vo-Tech. At Stockton University, he majored in economics and minored in writing; served as an Admissions Ambassador and Economics Society President; and tutored students in writing, economics and statistics. Merendino graduated summa cum laude in 2013. Despite studying economics, he became very interested in the field of education, even writing his college thesis on the rise of student loan debt over the last decade.

“Domenic will be instrumental in assisting Give Back with recruiting and training of mentors and developing programming for our scholars,” added Dun.

For more information about the Give Something Back mentoring program, visit

About Giving Something Back
Give Back awards scholarships to academically driven students of modest means who might not otherwise attend college. Pell Grant-eligible students are selected in the ninth grade and mentored throughout high school. After graduation, Give Back scholars attend one of Give Back’s partner universities or colleges in Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. It is the focus of the organization to help students graduate college in four years, debt free for tuition, fees, or room and board.

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