Homeschooled 17-Year-Old Becomes World’s Youngest to Earn a Doctorate in Business Admin

March 26, 2021 Updated: April 2, 2021

At just 17 years old, a Great Falls teen is celebrating an impressive feat—the completion of her doctoral studies in Business Administration.

Describing herself as “so happy” and “glowing,” Dr. Kimberly Strable told KRTV: “I’m the third youngest in world history to ever get a doctorate in any subject, the youngest in all world history to ever get a doctorate in business, and the youngest in American history to get a doctorate in any field.”

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17-year-old Kimberly Strable, from Great Falls. (Courtesy of Adria Strable)

Kimberly presented her dissertation defense to a virtual academic panel on March 18, stepping away with a Doctorate in Business Administration with an emphasis in Global Leadership from California Intercontinental University.

The teen, who also loves to quilt, ride horses, cook, and paint, has been ahead of the academic game for years. She graduated high school at the age of 12 and college at 15, reports KHQ Q6.

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Adria and Greg Strable with their children: Samantha, 20; Kimberly, 17; Courtney, 12; Maverick, 10; and Sapphire, 8. (Courtesy of Adria Strable)

“Whether it was lemonade stands or selling popcorn for fundraisers, Kimberly always had a good business sense,” mom Adria Strable told The Epoch Times via email. “She has an indomitable spirit and it shows in all she does.”

For much of her doctoral studies, said Adria, Kimberly also worked paid jobs, volunteered at church, and “gleaned from other adventures” such as traveling internationally with the Junior Peace Corps.

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Kimberly as a little girl. (Courtesy of Adria Strable)

“We Strables are high performers by nature,” Adria reflected, “and Kimberly embodies that work ethic, ‘Whatever your hand finds to do, work at it with all your might as working for the Lord.'”

Adria and her husband of 22 years, Greg, have homeschooled all five of their children, devising a rich program of education including numerous field trips and hands-on projects. They also fostered children for five years and ministered over 30 kids.

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(Courtesy of Adria Strable)

“When a friend encouraged me to homeschool when my oldest was just 3, I found an amazing mentor and have thoroughly enjoyed the journey,” Adria explained. “Thankfully, my husband works from home and I only worked occasionally as a nurse over the years, so we could nurture our children’s education.

“I was so blessed to be the one to not only watch them take their first steps, but to read their first words, recite their first poem, and review their math facts,” Adria added. “It was fun and even gave me an opportunity to redeem my own education in many ways as we dug into classical education.”

Greg claimed that Kimberly’s doctoral studies were a family affair. “[W]e worked hard, too, to make sure when she was test-taking and things like that, we would be quiet at certain times and we’d make sure that she had every bit of support that she needed,” he explained.

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Kimberly with her sibling. (Courtesy of Adria Strable)

“We don’t push the kids, we encourage the kids,” Greg continued. “If they’re feeling ready, then we’re ready to explore that with them.”

The encouragement of these supportive parents has surely paid off. Samantha, now 20, graduated with a master’s degree in Wildlife Biology at the age of 18. Kimberly anticipates that her three younger siblings—Courtney, 12; Maverick, 10; Sapphire, 8—will also pursue degrees at a young age.

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(L-R) Samantha, mom Adria, and Kimberly. (Courtesy of Adria Strable)

As for what the future holds, Kimberly claims she is now “working on some legal battles” surrounding discrimination she has encountered because of her age. However, thinking further ahead, she plans to pursue a career in executive management, encouraging other young students to reach for the stars as she did.

“Passion and dedication is going to get you so far,” she said.

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