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NMSU student receives extension clubs scholarship

A New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences student was awarded a scholarship for homemakers returning to school from the Dona Ana County Extension Clubs Council.



New Mexico State University student and scholarship recipient Lydia Kelley, left, with Dona Ana County Extension Clubs Council President Anne McConnell. (Courtesy photo)

Lydia Kelley, a student in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, received the $500 scholarship in March. In addition to being a student, Kelley also is an assistant librarian at Las Cruces High School.

"The staff and administration at the high school have been extremely helpful and encouraging. It makes it easier to go to school," she said.

Kelley attended college after graduating from high school, but took time off to raise a family. After getting her children through high school and college at NMSU, Kelley took a job in the library at LCHS. The librarian there at the time encouraged her to go back to college, which she did, earning her degree in library science in 2006 from Dona Ana Community College.

She then decided to enroll in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at NMSU and found what she was looking for in the FCS department. The decision was in part influenced by her mother, who was a home economics teacher.

"I grew up going to Future Homemakers of America events and professional business meetings with my mother. It's instilled in me, so I went with it," Kelley said.

Kelley hopes to graduate in fall 2010, and then teach family and consumer sciences at a high school in the area. The Dona Ana County Extension Clubs are volunteers who are part of the Extension Association of New Mexico and perform community service.