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FAU Student Kim-Le Arvary Awarded Ernest O. Melby Doctoral Fellowship

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (March 16, 2010)- Florida Atlantic University student Kim-Le Arvary was awarded the Ernest O. Melby Doctoral Fellowship, which provides an annual stipend of $10,000 for doctoral studies in FAU's College of Education, department of educational leadership.  Arvary is pursuing the adult/community education track of the doctoral program and is also a graduate assistant for the department. 

"I am honored to be awarded this fellowship, and I am privileged to be the first Treasure Coast campus recipient. I have immense respect and adoration for the work Dr. Melby put forth toward community enrichment and education,” said Arvary. “My aim is to combine the talents of our adult/community education program with the needs of our community to build effective relationships through volunteerism and mentoring." 

The Melby Fellowship honors Dr. Ernest O. Melby, a pioneer philosopher and advocate of community education. As president of Montana State University, he worked with other Montana colleges to provide various services and educational opportunities to local communities. In 1956, he became a distinguished professor of education at Michigan State University, a position he held for 20 years. In 1976, he accepted a distinguished professorship at Florida Atlantic University where he had served as a consultant and lecturer for the community education center, now named the Ernest O. Melby Community Education Center.

Arvary lives in Port St. Lucie with her husband, Drew, and two sons. She earned a bachelor’s degree in women's studies from Montclair State University and a master's degree in educational leadership from FAU.  “I'm most proud of graduating with highest honors while working and going to school full-time, tending to a toddler and having a newborn,” she said. “This fellowship allows me to focus primarily on completing my doctorate degree and continuing Dr. Melby’s work. I am proof that with the help of their village, working mothers can achieve their educational goals and make a difference in their community.”

-FAU-

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