This year VLA was able to award four $2,500 scholarships: two sponsored by VLA; one sponsored by the VLA Foundation; and, this year, one sponsored by the Tidewater Area Library Director’s Council. We deeply appreciate these two additional scholarships being made available for 2009.
Deborah Sweeney from Augusta County Library is the 2009 recipient of the VLA Paraprofessional Forum Clara Stanley Scholarship. Sweeney began working at Augusta County Library in 1998 as a library assistant; she has made advancements within the library and is currently the assistant director. She has been an active member of VLA since 2002, and is a member of ALA and PLA. She attended the PLA Conference in 2008. She has been active in organizations within her community for several years. She is earning her MLIS at the University of North Texas and will complete her degree in 2010.
Megan Hodge is the recipient of the 2009 VLA Scholarship. Hodge is circulation supervisor at the McGraw-Page Library of Randolph-Macon College. She has been a member of VLA since 2007, and is also a member of ALA, NMRT, ACRL, LLAMA, LSSIRT, SRRT, and LITA. She served on the VLACRL Conference Planning Committee for 2008–2009. She is active in community organizations and has been a volunteer at the Richmond Public Library. She’s currently a book reviewer for Library Journal. She is earning her MS in library science from the University of North Texas and will complete her degree in 2010.
Lisa Blydenburge-McGuinness is the 2009 recipient of the VLA Foundation Scholarship. She began working at the Loudoun County Public Schools in 2005 and is currently a library assistant. She has been a member of VLA since January 2009 and has been active in community organizations. She will begin her MSLS degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC in the summer of 2009, and will complete her degree in 2012.
Kelly Bevins is the 2009 recipient of the scholarship being given this year by the Tidewater Area Library Director’s Council. Bevins is employed as a library information specialist II at the Central Library in Virginia Beach. She has been a member of VLA since 2008, and currently serves on the Library of Virginia Youth Service Advisory Committee. She is also a member of ALA. She has been involved in her community’s Youth and Family Services Team. Bevins is earning her MLS from Florida State University and will complete her degree in 2009.