Scholarship Recipients | Kent State University

Scholarship Recipients

Past recipients of scholarships are listed below. Note: not all scholarships are given every year, and not all scholarships below are awarded by the iSchool.

Alumni & Friends Council Minority Scholarship

The Alumni & Friends Council scholarship is based on capacity to achieve academic and professional goals and potential for leadership on campus or in the community. Preference will be given to ethnic minority students (i.e., African American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian American). No library experience is required.

  • 2013: Amber Evans
  • 2012: Don Jason
  • 2011: Bridgette Billingslea
  • 2010: Marissa Willis
  • 2009: Sara Chan
  • 2009: Marissa Willis
  • 2007: Sanjyot Selkirk
  • 2006: Delilah Capeles

A. Robert Rogers Memorial Scholarship            

The A. Robert Rogers Memorial Scholarship is based on prior academic performance and potential for scholarly research. No library experience is required.

  • 2013: Lisa Hamby
  • 2012: Rebecca Woodruff
  • 2011: Matthew Cox
  • 2010: Andrea Hirsch
  • 2009: Elizabeth Burns
  • 2008: Allyson Cooper
  • 2007: Jamie Davis
  • 2006: Jianmin Zhang
  • 2005: Timothy Dickey
  • 2004: Michele Snyder

ALAO Scholarship Award (Ohio College Assoc.)

A $1,500 scholarship to a promising student enrolled in an ALA-accredited M.L.S. program who exemplifies the qualities needed to ensure a diverse library workforce. The scholarship will be applied directly to the recipient's bursar account for tuition at his or her academic institution. As the scholarship recipient, the student will receive a complimentary registration for ALAO's Annual Conference, and at least one year of mentorship from a selected ALAO Member.

  • 2013: Robert Millspaugh
  • 2013: Conrad Pegues
  • 2012: Carissa Thatcher
  • 2011: Bridgette Billingslea
  • 2010: Jasmine Jefferson
  • 2009: Joshua Alvarez
  • 2008: Sanjyot Selkirk
  • 2007: Dawn Thompson
  • 2006: Delilah Capeles
  • 2002: Achala Wali

Alice R. Miller Children’s Librarian Scholarship

  • 2011: Michelle Todd
  • 2011: Amanda Hoover
  • 2010: Sarah Hay
  • 2009: Caitlin Daily
  • 2009: Kaitlin Nolte

Friends of Akron/Summit County Public Library

  • 2012: Tammy Troup
  • 2012: Maria Kiesta
  • 2011: Stephanie Jolliff

Friends of the Brecksville Library

  • 2004: Katherine Pospisil
  • 2004: Dianne Wilmore                              
  • 2004: Valerie Kocin                                               
  • 2004: Deborah McNulty
  • 2002: Patricia Raney
  • 2002: Mildred Kupiec

Friends of the Brunswick Library

  • 2004: Patricia Rainey

Friends of Hudson Library

  • 2012: Jill Sooy
  • 2012: Alexandra Coley

Health Informatics Leadership Scholarship

The Health Informatics Leadership Fund has been established at the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science for to support two annual scholarships of $5,000 each for students in the School's concentration in health informatics. The award is intended to support students who have demonstrated outstanding health informatics leadership potential.

  • 2013: Hildy Pearl
  • 2013: Brin Fisher
  • 2012: Janet Moore
  • 2012: Altagracia Chavez

H.W. Wilson Scholarship Fund

The H. W. Wilson Scholarship Fund Award is based on prior academic performance and accomplishments.

  • 2013: Kelly Chaplin
  • 2013: Christopher Kincaid
  • 2013: Jennifer Seymour
  • 2012: Laura Guldeman
  • 2012: Sean Petiya
  • 2012: Robyn Krohn
  • 2011: Laura Hanby
  • 2011: Jenny Hobson
  • 2011: Jessica Troyer
  • 2009: Amy Rack
  • 2009: Johanna Samuelson
  • 2008: Caitlin Daily
  • 2008: Jennifer Salamon
  • 2007: Lisa Anfield   
  • 2007: Kristi Zofchak
  • 2006: Sara Douglas           
  • 2006: Jo-Ellyn Decker
  • 2005: Deborah McNulty
  • 2005: Donald Fleming

IMLS School Librarians Scholarship

  • 2008, 2007: Lisa Anfield   
  • 2008, 2007: Elizabeth Bode
  • 2008, 2007: Kimberly Cerrito
  • 2008, 2007: Amy Beth Ramey

IMLS School Museum Scholarship

  • 2008, 2007: Troy Alpeter
  • 2008, 2007: Hajnal Eppley
  • 2008, 2007: Melani Fragge
  • 2008, 2007: Amanda Guttman
  • 2008, 2007: Jennifer Hillyard       
  • 2008, 2007: Michelle Hockman
  • 2008, 2007: Sarah Kaneen
  • 2008, 2007: Lisa Leaman            
  • 2008, 2007: Jenna Leitnaker
  • 2008, 2007: Nancy Messmore
  • 2008, 2007: Lisa Milhouse
  • 2008, 2007: Sheryl Mooers
  • 2008, 2007: Vanessa Pepple
  • 2008, 2007: Janice Radl
  • 2008, 2007: Benjamin Reid
  • 2008, 2007: Lisa Salyers
  • 2008, 2007: Rikki Steingass
  • 2008, 2007: Donna Willingham

IMLS Young Adult Scholarship    

  • 2008, 2007: Lisa Barcich
  • 2008, 2007: Kevin Ray

J. Allen Oakum Memorial Scholarship

An endowed scholarship in memory of J. Allen Oakum was established to provide awards for students interested in school librarianship. Awards are based on prior academic performance and accomplishments, financial need, and demonstrated leadership.

  • 2013: Kristina Carver
  • 2012: Lisa Krok
  • 2012: Hannah Olmstead
  • 2012: Laurie Katusin Swallen
  • 2011: Jill Sooy
  • 2011: Amy Kovacevich
  • 2010: Keith Cawrse                       
  • 2009: Danielle Reedy
  • 2009: Geraldine Truog

James E. Cook Scholarship

Applicants for the James E. Cook Scholarship in Young Adult Librarianship must have a strong desire to specialize in teen librarianship, strong interest in young adult literature, a passion for telling others about what he or she has read, and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above.

  • 2013: Ian Witt
  • 2012: Laura Hanby
  • 2012: Jennifer Poon
  • 2011: Holly Talbott
  • 2010: Sarah Wright
  • 2009: Trinity Lescallett       
  • 2008: Jessica Harshbarger

Jesse H. Shera Memorial Scholarship

The Jesse H. Shera Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Jesse H. Shera, who was the dean of the School of Library Science, Case Western Reserve University. Successful applicants will be those students who maintain an excellent academic record and demonstrate potential for future scholarly research and publication.

  • 2013: Celia Emmelhainz
  • 2012: Laura King
  • 2012: Alison Dickerhoof
  • 2011: Jordan Sommers
  • 2011: Heather Flynn
  • 2010: Elizabeth Burns

Larry Corbus Annual Scholarship

  • 2009: Karen Hanna
  • 2009: Carol Holloman
  • 2007: Mindi Purdy   
  • 2007: Mary Bohn
  • 2006: April Cipo
  • 2006: Diana Marthey          
  • 2005: Aimee Larke
  • 2005: Rebecca McClain
  • 2004: Sally Banfield
  • 2004: Fred Baerkircher
  • 2002: Helena Arthur-Okor
  • 2002: Debra Socha

Little Rose Children’s Librarian Scholarship

  • 2010: Shamekia Chandler
  • 2009: Andrea Lyons
  • 2008: Amy Price      
  • 2007: Terence McQuown
  • 2006: Judy Lasco
  • 2005: Michelle Norris
  • 2004: Heidi Thiele

Lubrizol Scholarship

The Lubrizol Foundation Scholarship is open to students who are juniors or seniors enrolled in a combined bachelor's program and master’s program in library and information science. The award is based primarily on established academic achievement and/or academic potential or the financial need of exceptional students. Scholarship criteria may require diversity in gender and/or race.

  • 2011: Alyse Milliron
  • 2011: Sarah Watt
  • 2010, 2009, 2008: Glennis Siegfried
  • 2010: Stefanie Walesch
  • 2007: Erin Riley
  • 2006: Kelley Cothren
  • 2006: Joan Kendall-Sperry
  • 2005: Julie Hoffman
  • 2002: Melanie Roll

Marian Porter Huffman Endowed Scholarship

The Marian Porter Huffman Scholarship has been established for students who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, to give them the motivation to achieve these goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress. Successful applicants will be those who maintain an excellent academic record and demonstrate potential for future scholarly research and publication.

  • 2013: Jennifer Heslop
  • 2013: Hannah Olmstead
  • 2012: Victoria Cudnik
  • 2011: Dennis Cole
  • 2011: Emily Wicks
  • 2010: Stokely Klasovsky
  • 2009: Matthew Cooper
  • 2009: Melissa Barner
  • 2009: Andrew Robitaille
  • 2008: Christine Kloss
  • 2008: Amie McReynolds
  • 2008: Lonica Rowley
  • 2007: Katherine Cunningham
  • 2007: Sara Douglas
  • 2007: Leigha Garcia
  • 2006: Sara Kelley-Mudie
  • 2006: Mindi Purdy
  • 2006: Priscilla Sprano-Wiles
  • 2005: Erin Burns
  • 2005: Delilah Capeles
  • 2005: Theresa Kline
  • 2004: Jennifer I. Long
  • 2004: Deborah Lindblom

Mary T. Kim Endowed Scholarship  

The Mary T. Kim Scholarship was established by the estate of Mary T. Kim and from individual donors to go to a Master of Library and Information Science student who is studying to become a library manager and/or researcher in library and information science. Preference will be given to a student who is in the Columbus program.

  • 2012: Ashley Mensah
  • 2011: Ashlee Clark
  • 2010: Amy McCoy
  • 2009: Cherese McKnight
  • 2008: Micelle Lombardi
  • 2007: Amy Holliday
  • 2006: Timothy Dickey

New Leaders Scholarship

  • 2005, 2004: Julianne Bedel
  • 2005, 2004: Eileen Bosch
  • 2005, 2004: Jack Broz
  • 2005, 2004: Lisa Campbell
  • 2005, 2004: Mindy Clark   
  • 2005, 2004: Sandra Conrad
  • 2005, 2004: Jaime Declet
  • 2005, 2004: Nicole Gries
  • 2005, 2004: Andrew Harant
  • 2005, 2004: Catherine Morgan
  • 2005, 2004: Karissa Murphy        
  • 2005, 2004: Lisa Shambaugh
  • 2005, 2004: Brandi Smead
  • 2005, 2004: Sharon Starr
  • 2005, 2004: Jason Wearly
  • 2005, 2004: Audra Woods

New Librarians Scholarship

  • 2006, 2005: Nolamae Bailey                                                       
  • 2006, 2005: Gayle Brusk                                                              
  • 2006, 2005: Kirk Dressel                                                             
  • 2006, 2005: Jennifer Flaherty                                                      
  • 2006, 2005: Pamela Gibson                                                       
  • 2006, 2005: Marie Houghtling                                                     
  • 2006, 2005: Lisa Ialacci                                                               
  • 2006, 2005: Elizabeth Lawrence                                                
  • 2006, 2005: Rhonda Lawrence                                      
  • 2006, 2005: Brynn Morgan                                               
  • 2006, 2005: Angela Reagins                               
  • 2006, 2005: Anne Shinko                                                             
  • 2006, 2005: Bradley Sims                                                            
  • 2006, 2005: Ronald Stallsmith                                       
  • 2006, 2005: Julie Stone                                                                
  • 2006, 2005: Robin Sweigert                                            
  • 2006, 2005: Martine Watts                                   
  • 2006, 2005: Julie Wheeler

Oberlin College

  • 2004: Jesse Lanz   

Ohio Library Foundation Scholarship

  • 2007: Jessica DeCaro

Petta & Ron Khouw Scholarship

The Petta and Ron Khouw Scholarship is awarded to the student enrolled in the M.L.I.S. degree program who best demonstrates an interest in reference librarianship or academic reference services. Preference is given to a student from an under-represented minority group.

  • 2013: Tiffani Carter

Priscilla Drach Scholarship

Awarded to a student enrolled in the M.L.I.S. degree program who best demonstrates creativity, leadership and dedication to children’s librarianship through outstanding academic achievement.

  • 2013: Desiree Thomas

Rev. Andrew L. Bouwhuis Memorial Schlrshp (Catholic Lib. Assoc.)

Awarded each year for graduate study toward a master's degree in library science. The Reverend Andrew L. Bouwhuis Scholarship is a memorial to a great librarian and loyal member of Catholic Library Association. The association hopes with this scholarship to encourage promising talent to enter the profession, and to foster advanced study in the field. The scholarship consists of a $1,500 award to the person chosen by the Scholarship Committee of the Catholic Library Association.

  • 2009: Anastasia Mamedova

Rose Vormelker Scholarship

The Rose Vormelker Scholarship was established as an annual scholarship award for a student in the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science who, in the judgment of the faculty, shows the most promise in the field of special librarianship.

  • 2013: Shauna Bostian
  • 2013: Andria Brennan Hoy
  • 2012: Jamie Bloss
  • 2012: April Davis
  • 2012: Mallory Sajewski
  • 2011: Sarah Burris
  • 2011: Sarah Lewis
  • 2010: Kelly Kotel

Rowfant Club Annual Scholarship           

The Rowfant Club Annual Scholarship is intended to support students who are studying the bibliographic arts and who embrace the love of books and the preservation of the written word. Recipients of the award should have an interest in some or all of the following areas: Rare books; archives; book arts; binding; history of books; publishing; preservation. To be considered for the award, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA, and you must be a currently enrolled student having completed no more than 12 credit hours in the M.L.I.S. program.

  • 2013: Jessica Smith
  • 2012: Sydney Taylor
  • 2011: Laura Barry
  • 2010: Sarah Baker
  • 2009: Elizabeth Lang
  • 2008: Bonnie Fleming
  • 2007: Emily Lockhart
  • 2006: Jonathan Jones

Vanita Scholars Scholarship

The Vanita Scholars Youth Services Scholarship will be awarded to students enrolled in the M.L.I.S. degree program who best demonstrate a program of study in children’s, young adult or school librarianship; good academic standing; and an interest in working with children and/or young adults who face cultural, personal and/or environmental challenges in today’s society.

  • 2013: Robert Kaminski
  • 2013: Lisa Krok
  • 2013: Shannon Rood
  • 2013: Sarah Thomas

Walter Brahm & John Rebenack OLF Scholarship   

The Walter Brahm and John Rebenack Ohio Library Foundation Annual Scholarship was established to continue the legacy of Walter Brahm, former State Librarian, and John Rebenack, former library director, by honoring their commitment to outstanding library service. This scholarship supports the educational advancement of an outstanding student in the Master of Library and Information Science program at Kent State University. Awarded to the student enrolled in the M.L.I.S. degree program who best demonstrates leadership potential in librarianship and academic achievement. Recipient must be an Ohio resident.

  • 2013: Sarah Thornbery
  • 2011: Shanley Farris
  • 2009: Melanie Kowalski    

Wilson Scholarship Fund  

  • 2004: Jason Wells-Jensen
  • 2004: Rebecca O’Neil
  • 2002: Kathy Carbone
  • 2002: Lori Faust      
  • 2002: Christopher Strauber

2010 New Vision Scholarship

  • 2010: Maryanne Haller
  • 2010: Steven Kemple
  • 2010: Jennifer Mille            
  • 2010: Maria Trivisonno
  • 2010: Marie Vega    

2009 Centennial Library Scholarship Award (Cedarville Univ.)

  • 2009: Sarah M. Clark