Monday, January 14, 2013
To the delight of family and friends, Board members and library staff, the Prince William Public Library System Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships to two worthy Prince William Public Library System Volunteers. Matthew Dale Burke, a volunteer at Nokesville Neighborhood Library and Tau Ly, a volunteer at Dumfries Neighborhood Library, received the first annual scholarship award. Matthew is attending Shenandoah University with a major in Mass Communications and Tau Lyn is attending Virginia Tech with a major in Physics. Both students have commendable career goals.
“We are so honored to be able to give back to these volunteers who have supported the Library System for a number of years”, said Bryanna Altman, Library Foundation President. It is the first scholarship award and we hope to be able to increase the scholarships in the future”.
After a very competitive application process, Matthew Burke and Tau Ly were the successful applicants. “Though the scholarship is intended to be used for tuition, books, or related fees, the scholarship recipient may use any funds awarded in the manner they believe best aids their personal educational objectives”, said Dick Murphy, Library System Director.
To be eligible for the scholarship, Matthew and Tau had to be a currently active Prince William Public Library System volunteer or relative of a currently active volunteer; must have worked a minimum of 150 library hours; have a high school diploma or be a candidate for graduation in 2012, seeking a certificate or diploma after graduating from high school or achieving the equivalent. The application form was accompanied by letters of recommendation from a non-family member for each school/community activity they were involved in along with specific examples of activities and accomplishments.