Davidson College senior Melodie Mendez, from the Bronx, N.Y., is one of 17 North Carolina students to be awarded the 2012 Community Impact Award.

Campus Compact, a national coalition that promotes civic engagement in higher education, gives the award.

Mendez, the third Davidson College student to receive the Community Impact Award, was nominated by Associate Dean Of Students Stacey Reimer because of her “work on community issues, diverse forms of engagement, her ability to lead and inspire, sustainability of her efforts and evidence of the positive impact they are having on campus and in the community,” according the college’s website.

Mendez was also the senior class recipient of the Davidson’s Goodwin-Exxon award for high standards of character, friendliness and consideration for others.

Mendez is a Bonner Community Service Scholar who began her Davidson career serving at the Ada Jenkins Community Center’s LEARNworks after- school program. She was promoted to recreation supervisor.