Reward Student Accomplishments: Start a Scholarship at Your Library!

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Funding a scholarship is a great opportunity to involve your Friends, board of trustees, or other cooperative partners in furthering the professional development degree goals of your organization. Many of us have highly motivated workers who are seeking a degree. Awarding student scholarships can help allay their loan burdens while raising the library’s profile as an active agent in supporting education. At East Tennessee State University, Sherrod Library rewards our best undergraduate workers with a Student Worker scholarship. In Fall 2016, we created an additional scholarship for our graduate assistants as well as a scholarship for excellence in library research for graduate students. We will discuss the timeline, criteria, rubrics, and selection process for these awards, our experience working with our advancement office, and ideas for soliciting potential community donors to underwrite scholarships. Marketing and promotion strategies will also be discussed.


Chattanooga, TN