Melissa is often recognised for her work in improving young men's health within Australia.
Below are a list of awards acknowledging Melissa and her work with the Top Blokes Foundation.
• Ernst & Young (EY) Social Entrepreneur of the Year (National Award)
• Ernst & Young (EY) Eastern Region Social Entrepreneur of the Year
• Top 5 Game Changers for Cosmopolitan Magazine Women of the Year Awards
• Junior Chamber International (JCI) National Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Honouree
• Selected in Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence
• Winner - NSW Young Australian of the Year
• Winner - Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Illawarra)
• Selected in Australia's top 10 Women of the Future Awards
• State Finalist - Young Entrepreneur of the Year (NSW).
• Winner - Volunteer of the Year (Illawarra)
• National Finalist - HESTA Unsung Hero Awards
2006 - 2013:
• Selected in Australia's 100 Brightest Young Minds
• Recognised Australia 50 Young & Extraordinary
• TAFE Student of the Year - Illawarra Institute
• Wests Illawarra Youth Citizenship Award
• Rotary Youth Leadership Award
• University of Wollongong's Black Opal 'Unleash the Fire' Award