Scholarship Info

About ARSL Conference Scholarships
ARSL Conference Scholarship Winners for 2013
See also information on State Library Agency provided 2013 scholarships
ARSL Conference Scholarship Winners for 2012
Past Conference Scholarship Winners

About ARSL Conference Scholarships

Scholarships for the 2013 conference, to be held in Omaha, NE on September 26-28, have been selected. See winners below.

See also information on State Library Agency provided 2013 scholarships

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 LIS student. It includes conference registration, hotel, $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, 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.

The committee asks candidates for any scholarship to provide a briefly worded essay -”Why I Want To Go!” and a completed application form.

The winners should have not attended the ARSL conference before and will be required to write a short blog entry on the ARSL website to share their conference experience. Winners will also be invited to serve on the ARSL Scholarship Committee the following year.

The Conference Scholarship Committee selects winners based on a demonstration of need, demonstration of not only a desire to serve the small and rural community but an already established pattern of working within the community, willingness to network, share and aid in developing new networks to aid small and/or rural libraries and a willingness to share what they learn at the conference with those in their networking areas.

A special thank you to our ARSL Premier Members who have helped make these scholarships possible through a $10 contribution as part of their membership.

ARSL Conference Scholarship Winners for 2013

Bernard Vavrek Scholarship
Michele Lawrence
Student at the University of Alabama and library assistant at North Suffolk Public Library

Founders Scholarship
Kathy Hale
Director, Savonburg Public Library

Ken Davenport Scholarship
Jennifer Milligan
Director, Sherrill-Kenwood Free Library

ARSL Conference Scholarship Winners for 2012

Bernard Vavrek Scholarship
Juliette L. Elmore
Student, Clarion University and Library Director, Oakland City-Columbia Township Public Library, Indiana
Read Juliette’s blog post»

Founders Scholarship
Hope Decker
Cohocton Public Library, New York
Read Hope’s blog post»

Ken Davenport Scholarship
Kate Skinner
Library Manager, Chewelah Public Library, Washington
Read Kate’s blog post»

The Utah State Library offered a grant to individuals from rural libraries to attend ARSL. The grant participants submitted an article about their experiences. Here is a link to the blog that has their thoughts about the ARSL conference: http://utahlibraries.org/tag/association-for-rural-and-small-libraries/

Past Conference Scholarship Winners

ARSL Conference Scholarship Winners for 2011

Bernard Vavrek Scholarship
Jeff D. Saunders
Tallahassee, FL

Founders Scholarship
Jennifer Riordan
Kings County Library,
Handford, CA

Ken Davenport Scholarship
Angela Glowcheski
Lumpkin County Library,
Dawsonville, Georgia

ARSL Conference Scholarship Winners for 2010

Bernard Vavrek Scholarship
Cindy Stewart Grant
Student: Missouri University
Director: Mound City Public Library

Founders Scholarship
Joan Pellikka
Consultant Librarian: North Country Library System
Watertown, NY

Ken Davenport Scholarship
Beth Porter
Director: Heyworth Public Library
Heyworth, IL

ARSL Conference Scholarship Winners for 2009

Bernard Vavrek Scholarship Winner
Jennifer Stephenson
Student: University of Southern Mississippi (MLIS)
Director: Carroll County Public Library System
Carrollton MS 38917
jenstephenson at carroll.lib.ms.us

Founder’s Scholarship Winner
Paula DeMars
Director: Hill City Community Library
Main St, Hill City, SD 57745
hillcitylibrary at hillsitysd.org