Fall 2016 Library Science Scholarship Winners

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the School's Library Science scholarship awards for the Fall 2016 semester. There were seven total individuals awarded this semester. More information on the awards made available may be found on our Funding Your Education page.

Congratulations to the recipients below for their achievement.

Hallie Day Blackburn Scholarship – Amanda Neace

Amanda Neace is the Youth Services Director for Trimble County Public Library, located in Bedford, Kentucky. In this role, Amanda provides fun and educational services to children and teenagers inside the library and out in the community. Her favorite memory of working in a public library is Halloween 2013; that year, the inclement weather caused the county's Trick or Treat to be canceled, so children and families came to the library dressed in costume for a spur of the moment Halloween Party. Amanda is entering her second semester at UK, and has enjoyed getting to know fellow librarians in her online courses.

Hallie D. Blackburn Scholarship - Shawntel Ensminger

Shawntel is pursuing a career in public librarianship and currently works at the Kenton County Public Library. She is a four time cancer survivor who has had two stem cell transplants. Her hobbies include reading, travelling, eating delicious things, crocheting, and spending time with her 15 year-old daughter.

Helen E. Fry Scholarship – Lindsey Harper

Lindsey works at Marshall University Morrow Library in the Special Collections department. She is excited to be pursuing here degree here at UK and aims to be an academic librarian. "Outreach is hugely important to me," she says, "both through helping students learn to love research and through serving underserved populations. I hope to someday incorporate these aspects into my future career."

Vivian J. and Melissa MacQuown Forsyth Fellowship Fund – Emily Fox

Emily Fox is a second year graduate student from Madison, IN. She received her B.A. in English from Indiana State University in 2015 and currently works as a library assistant at the Jefferson County Public Library in her hometown. She has wanted to be a librarian since she was five years old and is interested in any and all libraries, despite her academic focus on public libraries. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her cat, and running.

Broyles Scholarship – Kasi Gabbard

Kasi Gabbard lives in Sandgap, KY with her one year old daughter and house dog. She received her bachelor's degree in Middle School Education at Eastern Kentucky University and currently works at Jackson County Middle School where she teaches 6th and 7th grade Social Studies and Reading.  Gabbards says, "I have always had a love for reading, and I enjoy sharing that love and inspiring others to read.  That is why, upon completion of my masters, I hope to become a school librarian."  In the Fall 2016 semester, she will be beginning her fifth class of the MSLS program at UK SIS.

SLIS General Scholarship Fund – William Henley

After five years of teaching, William made an important decision:  to become a school librarian.  This fall will be his third and final semester in the program.  This summer, William completed an internship with the Alaska State Library which afforded him many chances to pick wild berries, his new favorite hobby.  In September, he will complete his school library practicum at the International School of Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.  He owes his advisor, Dr. Cahill, a million thanks for helping him make both of these amazing opportunities happen!

SLIS General Scholarship Fund - Leslie Wolf

Leslie Wolf lives in Crestwood, KY with her husband and two daughters.  She graduated from UK in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Teaching from UL.  She taught middle school science for 8 years in Oldham County.  She says, "I am looking forward to returning to UK to study Library Science."