Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

Jean Thomason Scholarship (applications due by 1 December) open to anyone currently employed at a library.

On June 14, 2007, the faculty and staff of the Samford University Library announced the establishment of the Jean Thomason Scholarship for IGHR. The scholarship is named for and in honor of Jean Thomason, who directed the Institute from 1997 to 2007.

The scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition, is awarded annually and is open to anyone currently employed at a library.

Applications are due by December 1 of each year and will be reviewed by a Samford University Library committee. The winner will be announced the following January. Please include the following in your application:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone
  • The name of the Library where you are employed
  • The length of time you have worked in a library
  • The average number of hours (monthly) spent working with patrons
  • The name of the course you plan to attend
  • In 500 words or less (1 printed page), a description of how participation in this course will benefit your patrons
  • A letter of support from a supervisor or colleague

Please send your application to:

Thomason Scholarship
Samford University Library
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Kathy ReichlCongratulations to Kathy Reichl winner of the Jean Thomason Scholarship for IGHR. She will be taking Course One: Methods and Sources with Pamela Boyer Sayre in July.

Kathy graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She was a military wife for 27 years during which time she taught school, worked in government finance, raised two children, and volunteered with a number of community organizations including school and post libraries. When her husband retired from the military in 2006, Kathy took a part-time positon as Reference Assistant at the Columbia County Public Library in Evans, Georgia and began researching both her husband’s and her own family history. In addition to her reference staff duties, Kathy also teaches genealogy classes at two branch libraries and oversees a monthly genealogy club. Kathy hopes to share information she learns from the Methods and Sources course with her patrons in classes and club meetings.

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