The NJSLA Frank H. Spaulding Student Scholarship is named in honor of Frank H. Spaulding, former president of both the New Jersey chapter and the Special Libraries Association. The scholarship is open to students who are currently enrolled in a Masters level program in Library Science at an ALAaccredited library school and are New Jersey residents.
Congratulations to our 2012 winner, Karen Thomas!
Karen is a 3rd semester student at Rutgers School of Communication and Information pursuing her Masters in Library and Information Sciences. Since this summer, she has worked as graduate reference assistant at both Kilmer Library and the Center of Alcohol Studies Library at Rutgers University. Karen’s responsibilities include assisting in analyzing data for research, providing research services to researchers, and developing a digital archive. Her academic focus is on reference and instruction. Karen is currently interning with the Library Instruction program at Rutgers coordinating sessions, teaching courses, and supervising graduate student instructors. She plans to graduate this January and hopes to be to continue working for a special library in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania area. Read her essay here.
Special Libraries Association
New Jersey Chapter
Frank H. Spaulding Student Scholarship
The scholarship is named in honor of Frank H. Spaulding, president of NJSLA from 1977 to 1978 and SLA President from 1986-1987 year. He created the Task Force on the Value of the Information Professional and was known nationally for his outstanding dedication and contributions to the profession.
The scholarship is open to students who are New Jersey residents and who are currently enrolled in an accredited Masters level program in library science (including online enrollment in an out-of-state program). Membership in SLA as well as membership in the New Jersey Chapter is preferred but not mandatory.
Applicants must send electronically:
Official transcript from graduate program*
A recommendation from a current or former library school faculty member
A statement of approximately 250-500 words on the following topic: How will you position yourself for career growth and how will SLA membership help you achieve it?
The winner must provide proof of New Jersey residency (such as a utility bill, driver’s license, rental agreement or other official correspondence from the graduate program.
*A newly enrolled student not able to obtain a current transcript may substitute a letter of recommendation from a faculty member that taught or mentored the applicant at his or her undergraduate school.
Recipient is awarded a $500 scholarship and membership will be paid for one year at the current rate (via a check payable to SLA).
The winning essay will be published on the NJSLA website.
Instructions will be available in the future.