2008 Margaret McKinley Memorial Student Scholarship Essay Competition

The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (LACASIS) is sponsoring the Fifteenth Annual Student Scholarship Essay Competition. This Competition, first established in 1992, and renamed in memory of the late Margaret McKinley in 1993, is intended to encourage students in Library and Information Science Programs to consider the benefits of participation in the activities of professional societies.

AWARD: The winner will receive reimbursement funding up to US $1,000 for registration, airfare, and hotel expenses to attend the ASIST 2007 Annual Meeting, “Joining Research and Practice: Social Computing and Information Science” and a one-year membership in ASIST. Two runners-up will receive one-year memberships in ASIST.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • All students (including those graduating in spring 2008) enrolled in Library and Information Science Programs (in-person or distance education) at universities within the areas represented by the Los Angles Chapter of ASIST (Hawaii, California, Australia, and New Zealand) are eligible to enter.
  • Students residing in one of the areas represented by the LACASIS (Hawaii, California, Australia, and New Zealand) and attending Library and Information Science Programs (LIS) distance education programs outside of the areas represented by LACASIS are eligible to enter.
  • Students enrolled in graduate programs (at universities within the areas represented by the Los Angeles Chapter of ASIST) not identified as LIS programs may be eligible. Interested students in non-LIS programs must include in the essay submission (in addition to other essay requirements below), a statement explaining how the program mission relates to ASIST and how ASIST membership and conference attendance would be beneficial.

NOTE: Membership in ASIST is not required to enter the Competition.

TO ENTER: Compose an essay that addresses the following:

  • What specific benefits do I expect to derive from attending the ASIST 2008 Annual meeting?
  • How will I integrate these benefits into the start of my new career?
  • How might LACASIS or ASIST benefit from you receiving this scholarship?

For details about the theme of the ASIST 2008 Annual meeting, visit the ASIST website http://www.asist.org/

Essays should not exceed 500 words or two typed, double spaced pages. Do not identify yourself or your school in the essay. Submit the essay with a separate cover sheet listing your name, address, email, telephone number, and school by the deadline of July 1, 2007. Essays may be submitted by email to:

Andrea Lynch

Email: andlynch@yahoo.com

A panel of LACASIS members will judge the essays. Winners will be notified by July 31, 2008.