DLIS was recently awarded the H.W. Wilson Foundation Scholarship Grant given to thirteen ALA-accredited library and information science programs throughout the country. The H.W. Wilson Foundation awards financial assistance to charitable and educational religious institutions for the performance of influential services and aid. The Academic Service-Learning projects as evidence of work in serving the underserved will be greatly impacted by the availability of these funds.
For this Spring semester, the DLIS faculty created a scholarship for students as a result of this grant funding. The DLIS/H.W. Wilson Professional Development Scholarships were created to encourage currently enrolled students to engage in active professional development. The $500 awards to be annually funded by the foundation award student activities through presentation acceptance or at a professional organization, receiving an award from a professional organization, participation in a professional development workshop, or serving on a committee or board of a national professional organization. The department made 2 awards available to students.
This semester’s award winners were announced at the Spring Symposium. Congratulations to students Emily Griffin and Tess Colwell in winning this year’s two awards. Their efforts, previously highlighted in DLIS Newsletters Articles and also on the DLIS Blog, include presenting on GIS mapping tools at a professional conference and receiving an award by a professional organization. Each student was awarded a certificate, and Emily Griffin, in attendance at the Symposium event, spoke briefly about the award-winning project.