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

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2018 Jean Thomason Scholarship Recipient

Johnna WaldonCongratulations to Johnna Waldon winner of the 2018 Jean Thomason Scholarship for IGHR. She will be taking Course Seven: Irish Genealogical Research with David E. Rencher in June. Johnna has a BS in Elementary Education from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Kentucky. Her library career began in Hutchins Library at Berea College while a student. Following their graduation from Berea in 1990, Johnna and Ryan, her husband of 27 years, moved to Lexington, KY and Johnna began working at the Lexington Public Library as a Page; she is now the Assistant Branch Manager of the Tates Creek Branch. She offers several genealogy programs throughout the year and averages 5-7 weekly Book-A-Librarian appointments to help customers with their research one-on-one. Johnna has been researching her Dingus and Dotson family hard-core since 2006. She is currently the President of the Kentucky Genealogical Society and serves on the board of the Lexington History Museum. As of the Spring 2018 semester, Johnna is a co-instructor for “Genealogy Services in Libraries”, a 16-week course at Bluegrass Community and Technical College for library staff. This will be Johnna’s fourth year at IGHR having taken Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies, Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis and Virginia: Her Records & Her Laws.

Previous Recipients

2017 -- Kathy Reichl

2016 -- Jo Ellen Dickie

2015 -- Jennifer Crowder Daugherty

2014 -- Annie V. Nelson

2013 -- Renee Glass

2012 -- Durham Hunt

2011 -- Nancy Calhoun

2010 -- Debbie Bloom

2009 -- Jennie Kemp

2008 -- Katherine M. Turton

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