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"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character; that is the goal of true education."

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Scholar Profiles

MLK Scholars come from all backgrounds and have varied interests. They are focused on developing their leadership skills and giving back to the community.


Teresa FongTeresa Fong carries passion and drive to every object and subject she comes across. In terms of academics, she loves to learn and understand.

In terms of extracurricular activities, she strives to enjoy the different happenings on campus. Even so, Teresa does not just want to enjoy the events rather she wants to take part in the creation of them. Currently, she is the Treasurer of the Brandeis Taiwanese Student Association and a member of the Student Leadership Board in the Student Services Support Program. She is also one of seven people on the Finance Board that allocates funding to all the chartered clubs on campus.

Besides on-campus activities, Teresa also volunteers in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and works at CVS/pharmacy. Teresa Fong is active and proud to be a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar and member of the Brandeis community.


Amanda Pereira A native of Brazil, Amanda Pereira has resided in the USA since the age of six and has come to embrace Brandeis University as her home.

She is a sophomore who has interwoven herself into various aspects of the Brandeis fabric. She is currently Racial Minority Senator on the Student Union, a Community Advisor, on the e-board of the Brandeis Immigration Education Initiative and the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars’ Intern. Amanda also performed in the 2013 Brandeis Vagina Monologues, was the first woman to embody the spirit of Martin Luther Kings Jr. at the 2013 annual memorial and is looking forward to performing in Liquid Latex 2013.

She is an International and Global Studies and an African and Afro-American Studies double major and is passionate about immigration, race relations and feminism.