Melissa A. Scholz has been selected as the recipient of this year’s Linton F. Brooks Medal for Dedication to Public Service. Established in 2008, the medal recognizes newer employees whose actions and deeds exemplify the spirit of public service commitment.
Scholz is a Foreign Affairs Specialist assigned to Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation’s Office of Nuclear Safeguards. She joined NNSA after a year as a Fellow in the NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program. Since 2010, she has managed the Human Capital Development program of NNSA’s Next Generation Safeguards Initiative (NGSI) and is the Department’s point person for implementing DOE’s obligations under the Additional Protocol to the U.S.-IAEA safeguards agreement. Recently, she assumed responsibilities for NGSI’s Concepts and Approaches portfolio as well as managing the Eligible Facilities List for the U.S.-IAEA safeguards agreement.
Nominees for the Linton F. Brooks Medal for Public Service must be NNSA employees, with fewer than five years of civilian federal service and fewer than five years of professional experience, whose work achievements demonstrate an exceptional commitment to public service excellence.
Scholz holds a Master of Arts from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She lives in Manassas, Va, with her husband and their three dogs.
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Former NNSA Administrator Linton Brooks (left) and DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz present the Linton F. Brooks Medal for Dedication to Public Service to Melissa A. Scholz, Foreign Affairs Specialist assigned to NNSA's Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation’s Office of Nuclear Safeguards. Photo by Kenneth Shipp.