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Giuliani Family Endowed Fellowship

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For admitted College of Education doctoral candidates who have completed course work, passed their comprehensive examinations and have no full time employment. The research focus of the dissertation shall be the creation or testing of new approaches to providing (or making available) learning and other growth opportunities for adults at whatever educational experience level they find themselves. The research plan should demonstrate a creative, applied, active approach to the examined problem rather than relying solely on conventional, traditional, or non-experimental approaches. The outcomes of the research should support an improvement in the provision or availability of needed learning or other growth opportunities for targeted adults.

About Ernest and Lena Giuliani

Ernest and Lena Giuliani immigrated to the United States from Italy early in the twentieth century, with only their native intelligence and an unbeatable determination to make a good and decent life in this country of great opportunity to sustain them. When they met and married they began that life, raising their two children to believe that honesty, hard work, a good education and a commitment to learning would result in a meaningful and happy life. And, as with so many things in their lives, they were absolutely right. Because neither of them had been given the opportunity for a formal education, neither in Italy nor in this country, they had to teach themselves…to speak and read English, to learn and apply mathematics to their business and personal lives, to adapt their cultural heritage to the new culture of America, and to do all this in an atmosphere not particularly supportive of new immigrants. But, they never doubted that they could achieve their goals and they never stopped trying. Their success continues to inspire those who knew and loved them.

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