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Billy Coleman, a student in the Master of Business Administration program at California State Billy ColemanUniversity, Monterey Bay, has been awarded an Investment in Community Fellowship by the Willis W. and Ethel M. Clark Foundation of Pebble Beach.

The award, in the amount of $5,000, is for people who were born, raised or live on the Monterey Peninsula and who intend to be of service to the local community after completing graduate school. Fellowship winners must have an above–average academic record, proven community service and leadership and must be a full-time graduate student.

Coleman, 48, of Salinas, earned a bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from CSUMB in 1997. He has served as the director of International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. His goal is to combine his love for people and business to create organizational behavioral changes as well as improve the lives of people through personal and professional development.

The Willis W. and Ethel M. Clark Foundation was incorporated in 1953, and has enjoyed 60 years of community service on the Monterey Peninsula. Its founders were pioneers in educational testing and research and in 1926 started the California Test Bureau (known as CTB). In 1965, the company was sold to McGraw-Hill and is now known as CTB/McGraw-Hill.

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