The Ernest O. and Aurora H. Melby Endowed Fellowship was established through the estates of Ernest and Aurora Melby in 1994 following the death of Aurora Melby at 102 years of age. The fellowship is designated for students in the Department of Educational Administration (EAD) who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and a belief in a holistic view of education that values each person in our multicultural society.
R. Sam Larson and Burton Bargerstock, both EAD doctoral candidates, are the first recipients of the fellowship, which was awarded for the first time in April 1994.
Dr. Melby joined the faculty of the College of Education in 1956 following his retirement as dean of the College of Education at New York University. Originally intending to stay for just one year, he worked for l9 years prior to his retirement from Michigan State University in 1975. Aurora and Ernest Melby met in Alexandria, Minnesota, when he was a physics teacher. In 1926 Ernest Melby received his doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota and in 1928 went to Northwestern University as an associate professor. Their son, Stanley Melby, lives in Port St. Lucie, Florida.