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Jean Thomason IGHR Scholarship

Jean Thomason On June 14, 2007, the faculty and staff of the Samford University Library announced the establishment of the Jean Thomason Scholarship for IGHR. The scholarship is named for and in honor of Jean Thomason, who directed the Institute from 1997-2007. The scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition, will be awarded annually and is open to anyone currently employed at a library.

Applications are due by December 1 of each year and will be reviewed by a Samford University Library committee. The winner will be announced the following January. Please include the following in your application:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone
  • The name of the Library where you are employed
  • The length of time you have worked in a library
  • The average number of hours (monthly) spent working with patrons
  • The name of the course you plan to attend
  • In 500 words or less (1 printed page), a description of how participation in this course will benefit your patrons
  • A letter of support from a supervisor or colleague
Please send your application to:
Thomason Scholarship
Samford University Library
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

or email to: Thomason Scholarship Committee



The Jean Thomason Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2014 scholarship is Annie V. Nelson. Annie is a reference librarian and archivist at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, a branch of the Denver Public Library in Colorado. In this position, Annie maintains archival collections and assists researchers in all kinds of work, including genealogical research into African Americans journey into the American West. Annie has also taught beginners workshops in genealogy for the library and is excited to take Researching African American Genealogy: 20th Century Research to further hone her skills. Annie hopes to use the information she learns in Course 7 to assist her patrons with their "ardent desire to research and learn their family history."


Previous Scholarship Winners:
  • 2013 -- Renee Glass
  • 2012 -- Durham Hunt
  • 2011 -- Nancy Calhoun
  • 2010 -- Debbie Bloom
  • 2009 -- Jennie Kemp
  • 2008 -- Katherine M. Turton

Contributions to the scholarship fund should be addressed to:
IGHR Thomason Scholarship Fund
Samford University Library
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Checks should be made out to "Samford University Library."




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