"Vanita Scholars" Scholarship Application Deadline

Is your focus at SLIS in the area of Youth Services Librarianship? Are you dedicated to a career in children’s, young adult, or school librarianship? Are you interested in working with diverse populations? Please note that “diverse” in this context is broadly defined and includes — but is not limited to — people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, people of diverse physical abilities or disabilities, or those of diverse economic backgrounds.

If so, you are immediately eligible to apply for one of the four “Vanita Scholars” Scholarship Awards, in the amount of $1,000 each. These awards are generously funded by children’s book author Vanita Oelschlager (Vanitabooks.com) and her husband, Jim Oelschlager.

Last year, the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) awarded Vanita Scholars scholarships to Psyche Zoamary Castro, Robin Clancy, Ashley-Paris Hansen, and Katy Wagner for their outstanding essays describing their personal journey to library school and their future plans to work with young people and diverse populations. Each awardee received a $1,000 scholarship toward their education.

Four scholarships will once again be awarded to students whose applications best demonstrate their strong desire to work with young people and diverse populations. Details on how to apply are provided below.

Note: By accepting a “Vanita Scholars” scholarship, recipients agree to allow SLIS to publicize their award and to use all or part of their essay and a recent high resolution photograph in the publicity.

How to Apply

Students must complete the application no later than midnight on Thursday, Dec. 1,  2016. The application requires an engaging and convincing personal essay (free from spelling and grammar errors) that describes your personal road to library school and explains how and why you plan to work with children or young people and diverse populations in the future. The word limit on the essay is 500 words. Essays longer than 500 words will not be considered.

Winners will be notified on or before Jan. 17, 2017.

Questions? Contact Michelle Baldini at mbaldini@kent.edu.