Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship

Application Forms

Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship Application Form 2017

Online Application Form

About the Scholarship

The Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship is sponsored by the Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI) of the Missouri Library Association and is made possible by the Thusnelda Schmidt Fund. Recipients of this award may use scholarship money to attend regional or national continuing education events to strengthen their skills in youth librarianship.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be an MLA member in good standing and be currently working in youth services.

The scholarship cannot be given in consecutive years to the same individual.

What will be awarded?

The scholarship covers registration and travel expenses incurred while attending a regional or national conference. The amount of the award, up to $1000, is determined each year by YSCI leadership and by the balance of the Thusnelda Schmidt Fund.  Payment of scholarship is made by the MLA Treasurer upon submission of all related conference receipts.

How is the recipient selected?

The responsibility for selection of scholarship recipients is delegated to the Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI). Each year a committee of three YSCI members will solicit applications and select the winner for the Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship.  If no applicant meets the scholarship criteria/deadlines, the Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship will not be awarded that year.

Procedure for Application and Awarding (from Handbook)

The Awards Committee will be responsible to see that the current Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship Application Form is available on the MLA webpage.

i. The scholarship covers registration and travel expenses incurred while attending a regional or national conference. The amount of the award, up to $1,000, is determined each year by YSCI leadership and by the balance of the Thusnelda Schmidt Fund. Payment approval of the scholarship is made by the MLA Treasurer.

ii. Applicants must be an MLA member in good standing and be currently working in youth services.

iii. Application is made to the YSCI Chair by the deadline of January 31 of the current conference year. The YSCI Chair will notify the scholarship winner by February 28 of each year.

iv. Each year a committee of three YSCI members will solicit applications and select the winner(s) for the Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship.

v. Payment of scholarship is made by the MLA Treasurer upon submission of all related conference receipts. Receipts may be scanned and emailed to mla@amigos.org.

vi. The scholarship cannot be given in consecutive years to the same individual.

vii. If no applicant meets the scholarship criteria/deadlines, the Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship will not be awarded that year.

viii. YSCI will work with the Awards Committee to recognize the Scholarship recipient.

Send your Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship Application Form   to:

Shelley Bretsnyder, Youth Services Librarian
St Charles City-County Library District, Corporate Parkway Branch
1200 Corporate Parkway
Wentzville, MO 63385

Or: Use the online application form.

Questions should be directed to  Shelley Bretsnyder, 2017 YSCI Chair, by email at mbretsnyder@stchlibrary.org.

 The application postmark/submission deadline is January 31, 2017 

 The YSCI Chair will notify the scholarship winner by February 28, 2017.

2017 Information Sheet (PDF)