The Life Of A Scholar, LLC.

Experienced. Credentialed. Supportive.

The Life Of A Scholar, LLC. is an educational coaching and consulting agency based in North Carolina. Founded in 2015, the firm offers a comprehensive array of evidence-based solutions for students, families, educators, and organizations in the higher education domain, including individual training sessions, group capacity-building workshops, and keynote presentations. 

Dr. Callie Womble Edwards - affectionately called Dr. Callie - founded The Life Of A Scholar, LLC. on February 12, 2015, as a way to "pay forward" the extraordinary enrichment opportunities she has benefited from.  Dr. Callie is a first-generation college student who earned her Ph.D. at the age of 27 with a 4.0 GPA. She completely funded her undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degrees with scholarships and grants, leaving her with no student loan debt. 

Dr. Callie is an experienced educational researcher and program evaluator. For nearly a decade, she has studied, partnered with, and advocated for historically underrepresented and underserved populations in health, education, and STEM fields, such as women, communities of color, individuals who experience from low-income backgrounds, and those who are the first in their family to graduate from college. She has also served in the areas of assessment, academic coaching, pre-college and new student programs, underrepresented student recruitment and retention, and student wellness. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Program Evaluation and Education Research at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, where she provides leadership for highly specialized and multifaceted research programs.

Dr. Callie holds a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis from North Carolina State University (NCSU) and a M.P.H. in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation explored the counternarratives of high-achieving Black male engineering majors, and earned the NCSU 2018 Higher Education Dissertation of the Year Award, and an honorable mention from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education 2019 Dissertation of the Year Award selection committee. You may learn more about Dr. Callie at, or contact her via email at