The Association for Rural and Small Libraries currently offers three annual conference scholarships to promote the organization and the conference. They are the Dr. Bernard Vavrek Scholarship, the Founders Scholarship, and the Ken Davenport Scholarship.
The Dr. Bernard Vavrek Scholarship will go to a current Library and Information Science student. It includes conference registration, hotel accommodations for three nights, $500 stipend and a free one-year membership in ARSL.
The Founders Scholarship and the Ken Davenport scholarship will go to a current library professional. They include conference registration, hotel accommodations for three nights, a $500 stipend and a free one-year membership in ARSL. The definition of a “Library Professional” is a library staff member working in a small and/or rural library. A degree or certification is not required.
Candidates do not need to be members of ARSL, however, membership is encouraged.
Candidates for any scholarship should complete an application form.
The Conference Scholarship Committee selects winners based on need, a desire to serve the small and rural community, an established pattern of working within the community, and willingness and ability to network and share what they have learned at the conference with their peers.
These scholarships are for first-time attendees only so the applicants should not have attended a previous ARSL conference. Winners are required to write a short blog entry on the ARSL website to talk about the conference experience and are asked to serve as a member of the ARSL scholarship committee the following year.
Please follow this link to complete the application. Applications are due by 5:00 pm CST on June 30, 2016 and winners will be announced on or before August 15. If you have any questions, please contact scholarship chairperson Shirley Vonderhaar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernard Vavrek Scholarship: Jeanna Allums, Lake Park, GA.
Founders Scholarship: Hannah Buckland, Director of Library Services, Larry P. Aitken Library / Leech Lake Tribal College, Cass Lake, MN.
Ken Davenport Scholarship: Vanessa Everhart, Program Director, Bennington Community Library, Bennington, KS.
Bernard Vavrek Scholarship: Lisa Lawless, UNC-Greensboro MLIS student and Branch Librarian, Danbury Public Library, Danbury, NC.
Founders Scholarship: Laura Hoover, Director, Swisher Community Library, Swisher, IA.
Ken Davenport Scholarship: James R. O’Neal, Jr., Affiliate Services Coordinator, Middle Georgia Regional Library, Macon, GA.
Bernard Vavrek Scholarship: Andrea Mewbourn, student at the University of Alabama and PR / Business Manager at the Orange Beach Public Library.
Founders Scholarship: Selena Swink, Branch Manager, Lake and Sebastopol Public Libraries.
Ken Davenport Scholarship: Elizabeth Rivera, Library Assistant, Coquille Public Library