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University Honors Melania Trump With Award No First Lady Has Ever Received

Updated: Jan 10

Palm Beach Atlantic University has announced that it will be honoring first lady Melania Trump as their 2020 Woman of Distinction, according to The Hill.

The Christian university has been handing out this award for more than two decades, however, this will be the first time in the school’s history that a first lady has been given the title.

The award is offered to those who they wish to recognize for “charitable leadership of organizations that support the arts, education, healthcare and other community initiatives,” a university spokesperson told The Hill.

“As a Christ-first independent university, Palm Beach Atlantic emphasizes learning, leadership and service with its excellent academics and character-strengthening initiatives such as its nationally recognized community service program called Workship,” the school spokeswoman said. 

“In fact, Workship, a coined term combining 'work' and 'worship' dates back to the University's founding in 1968,” she continued. “To date, students have provided more than 3.5 million hours of volunteer service to non-profits, schools and churches. Palm Beach Atlantic's emphasis on encouraging the potential of each person aligns with Mrs. Trump’s platform as First Lady.”

One of the event chairwomen, Eileen Burns, told The Palm Beach Post that, one of the chairwomen behind the event, told the paper that “Melania is a perfect example of a Woman of Distinction and we are most proud to honor her.”

“Our first lady is an exquisite human being, a magnificent wife and life partner, a superb mother and an outstanding first lady, who represents us brilliantly in the United States and worldwide,” she went on to say.

“First ladies define the history of our country,” said fellow chair Frances Fisher, according to the paper. “We are honored to recognize Mrs. Trump as a Woman of Distinction and the only first lady since Mrs. Kennedy to be a Palm Beach resident. This will be a truly memorable event.”

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