Ronen Melloul

Feeder road. That’s how you know I’m from Houston. You may call it a service road or frontage road, but in Houston we call it a feeder road – the best way to say it. If you’ve met me, you know I carry a lot of pride for my hometown, almost to a point that it’s character-defining. I feel this way because of periods of my life in different parts of Houston that have come together to define who I am. Walking to the neighborhood Beth-Rambam in Fondren every Friday night for Shabbat services, practicing soccer at Bayland Park in Westbury with my club team every Tuesdays and Thursdays, and long boarding with my friends on Buffalo Bayou on Sundays – these moments have contributed to my identify and are all connected by one city. Within Houston’s vastness, I was able to find a family outside of my home: the Jewish community. The decision to define myself as Jewish at the age of 10 after frequently going to church and synagogue came with a responsibility of cultivating relationships with the individuals who helped me grow, and from that sprung a passion for assisting the Jewish community around me through service projects and participation in the synagogue. Over the next four years, I look to take full advantage of the opportunities the University of Texas has to offer, both in the classroom and outside of it. I aim to emerge as a strong leader, effective communicator, and reliable individual. Most of all, I am here to build long-lasting relationships with the people I meet here. Hook ‘em!

Major: Business Honors

Honors Program: Business Honors Program

Other Academic Interests:Jewish studies, Management Information Systems

Extracurricular Activities: Soccer has been a passion of mine since I was 9, where I’ve played on a club team, and held the role of head captain on my school team. Along with this, I was a part of the executive leadership committee in the Houston Area Youth Council on Service, an organization where I most notably chaired a themed prom for the senior citizens at Seven Acres Jewish Retirement Home. Aside from this, I also served as Jewish Student Union president at my high school.

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program (FASP)?

Forty Acres initially caught my eye as an opportunity to be involved with a program that would supplement my college experience both academically and socially. After learning more about the organization and meeting the current members, I soon learned that Forty Acres is family. It is a small group within a huge school that I can become close with and grow as an individual.