Scholarships for SIU Students Available through Library Affairs

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Applications for the inaugural Emma Smith Hough Library Research Scholarship Awards are now being accepted from SIU undergraduate and graduate students.

Three scholarships will be awarded for papers or other creative work based on creative and exceptional use of library resources. The deadline for the 2014 application period is April 1, 2014.

Scholarship awards are:

  • $1,500 to a sophomore or junior researching in the Humanities, Fine Arts, or Social Sciences.
  • $1,500 to a sophomore or junior researching in the Sciences, Engineering, or Applied Technologies.
  • $2,000 to a graduate student researching in any discipline.

Undergraduate submissions must be from a sophomore or junior and must have been completed for an upper division (300 or 400) level credit course sometime during the preceding two semesters. Graduate submissions can be from any graduate class other than a final thesis or dissertation. Applicants must describe their use of library services on the application form. The application also requires students to solicit a letter of support from a faculty member. Winning papers will be submitted to the library’s Institutional Repository (OpenSIUC). Winners will be announced by May 1, 2014.

Emma Hough Smith began teaching at Murphysboro Township High School in 1928 as an English teacher. She later taught business classes and became the school librarian. She received a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and an M.S. from SIU. She retired from the Murphysboro school district in 1963 and then took over as head librarian at the Sallie Logan Public Library in Murphysboro.

For more information on the eligibility and evaluation criteria:

Please contact Amber Loos, / 618/453-1448, with questions about the scholarship awards.