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Dory Perfecto, a business major at East Central College, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Martha Maxwell Developmental Education Student Scholarship. 


In March the Owensville resident will travel to Texas where she will be honored at the annual conference of the National Association for Developmental Education.   


The award supports graduates of developmental education programs as they continue their college degree aspirations.   Perfecto won the Midwest Regional Association for Developmental Education developmental student scholarship this past fall which qualified her to be nominated for the national organization's student award.


Ryan Crider, coordinator of developmental studies at ECC, noted that Dr. Maxwell was one of the founders of modern developmental education.  Beginning with her work at the University of California-Berkeley, she continued to serve the field through consulting, publications, and research during a career that spanned more than 50 years.  Maxwell published the seminal book in the field Improving Student Learning Skills.


The award carries with it a sizable cash value, a stipend for lodging and attending the national conference , along with the opportunity to offer a short address to convention attendees.  “To be eligible Dory had to achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0, complete at least two developmental courses, submit several letters of recommendation and a resume,” Crider said.  “She also wrote an essay on how her involvement in developmental education helped her prepare for regular college courses.”


In her scholarship essay, Perfecto outlined the process of overcoming the fears she initially felt in returning to college after many years.  She specifically credited the benefits she gained from enrolling in ECC’s Student Success Learning Community, which requires that students participate in daily study groups and take advantage of mentoring throughout the semester, as well as the support provided by personnel in the Learning Center.    


“Of all the students I’ve taught, I’ve never seen a student work as hard and improve as quickly as Dory has,” Crider remarked.  “Her commitment to her own education is nothing short of inspirational, and she’s a tremendous role model to her fellow students.  She represents all the characteristics we try to instill in our students, and I couldn’t be more proud of her.” 


Dory Perfecto with Dr. Bauer and Ryan Crider

ECC sophomore Dory Perfecto (center) will receive a scholarship from the National Association for Developmental Education at that organization’s conference in March.  Perfecto is shown with ECC President Jon Bauer (left) and Ryan Crider (right), coordinator of developmental studies at the college.  

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