Dorothy Van Norman Scholarship
In 2018, a scholarship was established to honor Dorothy Van Norman, a school librarian. Ms. Van Norman served as a leader in Library Media education in the state of Minnesota and is providing a $2,500 award to a student pursuing a degree in School Library Information Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Uses and Purposes
One $2,500 award will be presented during the 2019-20 academic year to a graduate student who has successfully completed six (6) credit hours in School Library Information Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato at the time of award and is pursuing a degree in School Library Information Studies. The award may be used to offset expenses incurred while attending at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
1. The call for applications will be made to all students pursuing a degree in School Library Information Studies and enrolling the upcoming semester.
2. Criteria for Scholarship Applicants:
a. A minimum 3.0 cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA) prior to the application deadline.
b. Successful completion of 6 credit hours in School Library Information Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato at the time of award.
c. Students must be enrolled in MS in School Library Information Studies during the semester in which the scholarship is awarded.
3. Completion of an application packet is required. This application packet will consist of the following:
a. An application form with a statement (300 words max.) describing your background, rationale, and purpose detailing what the award would mean to the applicant and how the award would facilitate the applicant’s work in School Library Information Studies.
b. A resume detailing the applicant’s career goals, prior experiences and experiences or memberships in professional organizations.
c. An essay (500 words max.) stating the nature of their library experience, and a personal statement of their view of what he or she can bring to the profession, emphasizing experiences that indicate a potential for leadership and commitment to technology and innovation in the school library.
d. A transcript supporting the minimum 3.0 GPA.
4. The SLIS Scholarship Award Committee will select the award recipient. All decisions of the SLIS Award Committee are final.
5. The award recipient will be announced in the 2019 spring term.