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CMLC Scholarship

The CMLC Scholarship fund's purpose is to provide financial assistance to a student in an American Library Association-accredited library and information science Master's Degree program. The $500 Scholarship may be used for any purpose related to the recipient's degree program expenses. In the spirit of former University of Southern Mississippi library science professor Dr. Laura Long's generosity to students, recipients are encouraged to use the scholarship to enhance their education by attending lectures, exhibits, or conferences.


The applicant must currently be enrolled in an ALA-accredited Master's Degree program and have completed six (6) hours. The applicant must currently be an employee of a Mississippi library and must not have previously been awarded this scholarship from CMLC. Preference will be given to employees of CMLC member libraries. The successful recipient will have demonstrated a genuine commitment to the profession by participating in activities that further library skills or enhance knowledge among library professionals within the state. Thus, the scholarship may be used for any purpose that is reasonably connected to the field of library science. Applications must be submitted by June 1st to be considered. The scholarship is awarded before the fall term begins.


- Application (in Microsoft Word)

- Application (in PDF)


If you would like to help us publicize the scholarship, please post or hand out the following flyer.

- Flyer (in Microsoft Word)

- Flyer (in PDF)

Return completed form and unofficial MLIS transcript by June 1st to:

Tom Henderson CMLC Scholarship Committee, Millsaps College Library - 1701 North State Street | Jackson, Mississippi 39210-1066. Fax: 601-974-1082 Email: hendetw@millsaps.edu

The 2013 CMLC Scholarship Winner is Jillian Rogers


Greenwood-Leflore Public Library System


The 2012 CMLC Scholarship Winner is Jaclyn Lewis


Youth Services Programming Coordinator at Madison County Library System


The 2011 CMLC Scholarship Winner is Jeffrey Stephen Sootheran


Mississippi College Leland Speed Library


The 2010 CMLC Scholarship Winner is Sarah Welch


Hinds Community College - "I want to be a librarian because I have faith that libraries help improve society. I have been encouraged and supported by both my fellow employees and the patrons I serve to continue work and to advance in the field of library science. But the task of becoming a librarian is not an easy one, especially in times of budget cutbacks and hiring freezes.... The scholarship money will help me pay for my final courses in the LIS program at USM."


The 2008 CMLC Scholarship Winner is Mara Villa


Mara plans to use the scholarship funds towards the purchase of new textbooks. Mara is a children's librarian at Pearl Public Library.


The 2007 CMLC Scholarship Winner is Tamara Nelson


Tamara used the scholarship funds to buy a laptop to help complete her coursework. Tamara worked for the Mississippi Library Commission and is now working at a High School in Jackson.


The 2006 CMLC Scholarship Winner is Lorianne Hawkins of the Harrison County Library System Lorianne says that, "I would like to use the money to attend The National Book Festival in Washington DC. This event is sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by First Lady Laura Bush. The National Book Festival emphasizes the joy of reading. The focus is spreading this spirit into schools, local libraries and homes. Not only would this be an excellent opportunity to visit our nation's capital (a personal aspiration) but also a wonderful chance to gather ideas on promoting reading to an area that has suffered much strife and is in need of joy."


2005 CMLC Scholarship Winner Jennifer Wann

Jennifer says that, "With assistance from CMLC, I will continue to expand my professional horizons through participation in professional activities while serving my community in the Brandon Public Library and completing my MLIS a the University of Southern Mississippi."

Web Page Contact:  Molly McManus -- Millsaps College -- (601)974-1086 --

CMLC Web Site: http://library.millsaps.edu/cmlc/